Shortly after the tweet showcasing the bullet-riddled Cybertruck went viral, Elon Musk reacted to it and confirmed that Tesla did, actually, spray bullets at this particular unit “Al Capone’ style.” He claimed that the vehicle withstood the firepower of an entire Tommy Gun magazine and added that the passenger cabin remained safe throughout the test, with not a single bullet managing to penetrate the shell.
We emptied the entire drum magazine of a Tommy gun into the driver door Al Capone style. No bullets penetrated into the passenger compartment.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 20, 2023
We still do not have specific details about the test and we only have a dark video and Musk’s word to go on, so take from that what you will.
Musk has talked about the Cybertruck being bulletproof on other occasions too, with another notable example being when it appeared on Jay Leno’s garage back in 2020. He was asked on the show why anyone would want their truck to be bulletproof, to which Musk famously replied, “Because it’s badass, and it’s super cool.”
While it remains to be seen if the Cybertruck ends up being among the “finest in apocalypse protection technology” — as Musk once tweeted — there is increasing evidence that it may actually be designed to survive some incredibly treacherous conditions.