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Elon Musk showed off his Tesla Cybertruck at an upscale Malibu restaurant this weekend

Key Points
  • Several videos captured the Cybertruck, which is not due to be publicly released until 2021, driving down Los Angeles roads Saturday evening.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed off the car to patrons at the upscale sushi restaurant Nobu in Malibu.
  • The truck appears to be equipped with manufacturer's plates, meaning that while it may not be street legal yet, it can be driven on roads for testing.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk debuted his not-yet-released Cybertruck this weekend, stirring up attention at Malibu's famed Nobu restaurant.

Several videos captured the Cybertruck, which is not due for sale until 2021, driving down Los Angeles roads Saturday evening. The vehicle was spotted the same night parked outside the upscale sushi restaurant Nobu in Malibu, where Musk dined that evening.

Onlookers are seen in the video taking photos of the parked car, which the valets left up front. Musk later came out of the restaurant along with curious patrons, including actor Ed Norton, to take a look at the car. Then, as Musk pulled out of the parking lot, he plowed over what appears to be a traffic cone placed by the restaurant.

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Other videos captured by YouTube user Roberto Cruz later in the evening show the Cybertruck cruising down what appears to be highway I-405. In the videos, the truck appears to be equipped with manufacturer's plates, meaning that while it may not be street-legal yet, it can be driven on roads for testing.

Musk unveiled the cybertruck last month at a dramatic promotional event in Los Angeles. The truck will be Tesla's sixth vehicle model since the company was founded in 2003, and its most experimental. It will be competing in a market against the Ford F Series, which has been the bestselling pickup for more than 40 years in the U.S., followed by General Motors' Chevrolet Silverado, another formidable competitor.

Musk says the vehicle, which will start at $39,900, has already received 250,000 pre-orders. Musk has described the truck's styling as "cyberpunk," rather than traditional, inspired by two films -- "Blade Runner" and "The Spy Who Loved Me." The CEO also previously suggested that demand for Tesla's pickup may be less than that for the company's flagship Model S sedan and Model X SUV combined owing to its unique design.

TMZ previously reported the Cybertruck spotting.

-- CNBC's Lora Kolodny contributed to this report.

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