The Tesla Cybertruck might be from the future, but it's probably not the future.

That's the immediate reaction from analysts after Tesla CEO Elon Musk rolled out what can only be described as one of the most stunning reveals in recent automotive history on Thursday night.

Musk debuted the pickup to a chorus of bewilderment, as the vehicle's triangular shape, atypical truck bed and stainless steel body immediately set it apart from anything else on the market.

With a starting price of $39,900, a top-trim model range of up to 500-plus miles and 0-to-60 acceleration time of less than 2.9 seconds, the Tesla Cybertruck is unlike any other pickup. Its towing capacity ranges up to more than 14,000 pounds, and it boasts payload capacity of up to 3,500 pounds.

Some of the specs immediately came under scrutiny. Musk said the windows were bulletproof, but they shattered onstage when hit with a metal ball during a demonstration.

Musk appeared unphased afterward.

"Nobody *expects* the Cybertruck," he tweeted about two hours after the event, as stunned watchers reacted on social media.

But will anyone actually buy it when it begins production in late 2021? (Assuming it's on time, which Tesla products are often not.)

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Analysts immediately concluded that the Cybertruck is more of a niche vehicle than a mass-market model.

It "looks weird ... like, really weird," wrote Sanford Bernstein analyst A.M. (Toni) Sacconaghi, Jr. "Musk had warned investors that Tesla's pickup would be 'really futuristic, like cyberpunk Blade Runner,' and he wasn't kidding. Add a little bit of dirt, and you could even say it gives off a retro-future vibe a la Mad Max."

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"The Tesla pickup has a steel framework that is impressive and looks more out of a Blade Runner sci-fi movie which will be a hit with the company's fanatic EV installed base globally as Musk & Co. are clearly thinking way out of the box on this model design," Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a research note.

But "investors will question if this is a mass market pickup going after Ford and GM ... or a more niche 'wow factor' model that will be more limited in demand/production scale and scope."