With the Tesla Cybertruck finally released, we can finally stop comparing imaginary stats and see how it performs in the real world. We've already seen the ultra-angular utilitarian vehicle winning a drag race against a Porsche 911 while the truck was towing another 911. Now, it's time for a more conventional duel against a direct rival – the GMC Hummer EV. The venue is a bit unusual since the battle took place in Austin, Texas at Tesla's Gigafactory. 

Carwow's Mat Watson was one of the few journalists invited by Tesla to sample the long-awaited pickup. He did more than that since he brought along the Hummer for a bit of an acceleration contest. Both were the top-spec versions with three electric motors. These are two of the heaviest vehicles money can buy considering the former weighs 3,104 kilograms (6,843 pounds) while the latter tips the scales at a ridiculous 4,110 kg (9,061 lbs).

Tesla Cybertruck

Even with the most powerful combustion engines out there, these two trucks wouldn't be able to deliver neck-snapping acceleration given their mighty heft. This is where an electric motor's instant torque shines since the massive trucks are supercar-quick off the line. The Cyberbeast has a mighty 686 lb-ft (930 Nm) whereas the Hummer has a colossal 1,095 lb-ft (1,485 Nm). The Tesla is also down on horsepower (845 bhp vs 1,014 bhp) but it makes up for the difference with its far lower curb weight.

The Hummer didn't stand a chance in any of the drag races and it also lost in the subsequent rolling races. Even with five people inside the Cyberbeast to make it heavier, the GMC just wasn't able to keep up. It's worth noting the Tesla ute initially had the firmware for the dual-motor variant that limited top speed to 112 mph (180 km/h) but an update unlocked the full 130 mph (209 km/h) of the tri-motor model. The Cybertruck featured here is technically a pre-production prototype but Tesla promises customer cars will match this mind-boggling performance.

The GMC did manage to win one duel in the end. Despite being significantly heavier, it triumphed in the brake test from 70 mph (113 km/h) to a full stop. That's honestly a big surprise considering the weight of a Mazda MX-5 separates these two. With this being a prototype, perhaps the Cyberbeast's brakes were not in tip-top shape, which would explain the unexpected outcome.