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2022 Rivian R1T Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos

With a enormous one hundred thirty five-kwh battery pack powering four independent motors for every single wheel, an independent air suspension with 6.5 inches of vacation, and 5 travel modes with nearly fifty various travel options, the Rivian R1T is the most functional car we have at any time pushed. It twists by means of hairpin turns with agility and composure, clambers up deeply rutted rock trails, accelerates more rapidly than most athletics automobiles, and does it all in in close proximity to silence. It is a 9 for its great powertrain, composed dealing with, and outstanding off-street ability and towing ability. 

How fast is the R1T?

Rivian promises a -sixty mph time in three. seconds and we have each individual cause to think it. But, it doesn’t experience like it is cornering on rails or slamming you into the seat again. The cause, more so than the multitude of suspension and experience top quality options, is that its major battery pack of seven,776 smaller 2170-structure Samsung SDI cells contributes to a whopping control fat of nearly seven,000 lb, which is as much as most large obligation pickup trucks. But no pickup, from the Ford F-150 Raptor to the Ram TRX to nearly anything by Hennessey, has this type of choose up.  

Is the R1T Four wheel drive?

Certainly, the R1T’s quad-motor travel procedure has two travel units on every single axle, with two motors for every travel unit managing either fifty percent shaft. The motors function independently to make 415 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque to the front axle, and 420 hp and 495 lb-ft to the rear axle jointly, the output exceeds 800 hp and 900 lb-ft. The quad motor established up allows torque vectoring at every single corner of the truck to the two maximize grip on pavement and climb around hurdles off-street at minimal speeds. 

5 travel options with 5 various suspension heights give the R1T a variability unmatched by other motor vehicles. The air suspension can fall to seven.9 inches when parked and tops out at fourteen.4 inches in Offroad method. Above fifty mph, the suspension mechanically lowers to 10.one inches for far better aero and performance, and that is also the standard experience height for Sport method. Based on the method, the procedure sets the adaptive damping, regenerative braking, and traction handle in between 3 options every single that can be overridden by the driver. For instance, Sport method makes use of more front axle torque and switches the dampers from Soft to Stiffer that, together with the reduced experience height, lets it hug the street more. 

One particular of the several travel methods to continue being fixed is the electronically assisted steering. The suspension improvements may well make it look like it provides steering heft, but the ratio remains the very same. On-centre experience is good, and the steering reaction is never also loose nor also firm, though motorists employed to overall performance automobiles may well want more resistance and street experience.  

With a car this fat and height, Rivian utilized a hydraulic roll handle procedure in its place of anti-roll bars to preserve the big SUV from leaning into turns. 


If you prepare to go off-roading in any terrain, from outdated fire and mining streets to slickrock in Moab, get the Off-Road deal. Rather of 21- or 22-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires, it arrives with twenty-inch wheels wrapped in 34-inch Pirelli Scorpion 275/sixty five/R20 all-terrain tires. The underbody shield that safeguards the battery pack will get bolstered with a layer of steel, carbon fiber, and a layer of aluminum honeycomb for electricity absorption. 

The geometry aids, with an approach angle of 34. degrees, a departure angle of 29.three degrees, and a breakover of twenty five.seven degrees. These split the difference in between Rivian’s off-street benchmarks, with the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4-doorway having forty four/37/22.6-diploma approach/departure/breakover angles and the Ford F-150 Raptor’s 33.one/24.9/24.4 degrees with 37-inch tires. Neither of the benchmarks can match the ground clearance presented by the R1T’s air suspension, but that’s not the only aggressive edge. 

There’s no pumpkin, no huge rear differential to scrape, no gasoline lines or transmission scenarios to deal with, so in its place of aiming a wheel for a rock to crawl around, you can straddle hurdles and easily distinct them with the fourteen.9-inch clearance (it is higher because of to the bigger tires with the off-street deal). Cameras on the aspect mirrors projecting again and forth, as effectively as front and rear cameras, give added eyes exactly where required. The most outstanding point is how tranquil it is, with the classic grinding and cranking of lockers and revving of the engine changed by the crush of rock and the burbling of a creek. 

Descending down a slope or pausing even though climbing in Rock Crawl is various than in classic off-roaders. There’s no “Hold” so two-foot driving is essential to maintain the brake on a slope and carefully accelerate so you never roll again into the R1T driving you, say. For now, there is no hill descent handle, but the Max regen braking location fills that void, apart from when the wheels slip and shuttle you forward. 

The difference in between Max, Superior, and Common regen is not that pronounced, and studying how to modulate the accelerator for a person-pedal driving for easy stops into stoplights arrives reasonably simple. 

Towing ability maxes out at eleven,000 lb, but we did not examination Tow method. The air suspension mechanically amounts the experience height when towing, and the several travel options mechanically change to suit the load.

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