The Ford F-150 better watch out.
From the moment that the Rivian R1T electric pickup was unveiled at the 2018 LA Auto Show, it was clear that this adventure truck was going to be something special. Not only would it rival a Tesla SUV in terms of sheer pace, but it would be able to head off-road confidently.
With R1T deliveries only expected in June 2021, Rivian has continued fine-tuning the truck and just released another video from its so-called desert testing series. The clip makes it clear that the R1T will offer top-notch performance no matter what the road surface.
"It has such a broad spectrum of performance," says a Rivian engineer involved in the truck's development. "That's why we have four independent motors so that we can optimize grip off-road but then also optimize the handling balance on-road."
Pushed to its limits in a desolate part of Arizona, the R1T was driven through a combination of rocky terrain, dirt, and mud, and it seemed to handle each with aplomb. High-speed maneuvers were also efficiently dispatched with minimal body lean.
Although Rivian R1T customers will have to wait longer than expected to get behind the wheel, it looks like it'll be well worth it. Starting at $69,000, the R1T has a claimed range of up to 400 miles and the ability to sprint to 60 mph in just three seconds.
The quad-motor powertrain delivers up to 750 horsepower and, as each wheel is independently powered by one of the motors, traction is maximized in challenging conditions. A lower center of gravity is made possible by the placement of the battery pack, keeping the truck stable through high-speed turns.
"This vehicle was designed and engineered by people who live the outdoor, adventurous lifestyle," says a Rivian team member. "I want to make sure that the product we deliver to people does exactly what we say it does."