Rivian Has New Max Pack Ranges And Performance Dual Motor R1T Configuration

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The Max pack battery is now only available in a Dual-Motor AWD configuration.

Late last year, Rivian dropped the Max pack option from the Quad-Motor AWD trim R1T and is now following through on its promise to reservation holders for a dual motor Performance option with the Max pack included. The Performance Dual-Motor powertrain option has new EPA ranges for the Max pack.

The news emerged through a Rivian owner's forum that reservation holders were instructed to reconfigure their electric truck to the new specs to get their updated delivery time. We've confirmed with Rivian directly, and the brand said that customer orders have now been transitioned to this drive system option. The new Performance Dual-Motor AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) model with the Max pack has the promised EPA estimated 400 miles of range, 700 horsepower, and 700 lb-ft of torque.

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Rivian has also released documentation clarifying the distinctions and use cases for each powertrain option. The simple breakdown is as follows:

Dual-Motor AWD is aimed at everyday driving and adventurous lifestyles (400 miles of range and 600 hp).

Performance Dual Motor AWD brings additional power and acceleration (400 miles of range and 700 hp).

Quad-Motor AWD is for maximum on and off-road performance (328 miles of range and 835 hp.)

However, the range on each model will change with options on the configurator, most noticeably with wheel size. To get the maximum range from each model, you need to stick with a specific wheel size. You'll need to stick with the 21-inch road wheels on the Dual-Motor AWD with the Max pack option ticked to get the full 400 miles of range. For that drivetrain, the 22-inch sport wheel options drop the range by 40 miles, and the 20-inch wheels with the All-Terrain Upgrade drop the range to 335 miles.

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For the Performance Dual Motor AWD powertrain, the Large pack gives 320 miles of range, and the Max pack gives 400 miles, but again, you'll have to stick with the 21-inch wheels rather than 20-inch off-road wheels or 22-inch sport wheels.

The same wheel choice applies to get the full range out of the Quad-Motor AWD system, but going 22-inch wheels drops range from 328 miles to 303, and the All-Terrain Upgrade drops range to just 274 miles.

It gets complicated, but the critical thing to bear in mind is how much range people need, as otherwise, they're carrying around a more expensive and heavier battery than they need. If you have a home charger and fancy the power of the Quad-Motor AWD and 22-inch Sport Dark wheels and rarely travel over 100 miles from home, then it's perfectly viable.

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