Rivian Updated the R1T and R1S with More Power, Better Tech, and Updated Drivetrain Features

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The Rivian R1T and R1S have mostly lived up to their initial hype, but they were getting a little long in the tooth compared to the new offerings hitting the market. That said, Rivian recently announced updates to the pair that should help their cause, and the changes bring some stunning specs.

The new Quad Motor configuration now has 1,025 horsepower and a sub-2.5-second 0-60 mph time. Rivian also promises a staggering 1,198 pound-feet of torque in launch mode, and the more modest Dual Motor variant is available for buyers not wanting to mortgage their homes to buy an EV.

Rivian improved the new models’ efficiency with a new heat pump-based battery management system and HVAC, which conserves range and improves interior comfort. The automaker also redesigned the vehicles’ 22-inch wheels, improving their drag coefficient to 0.297, and the revised air suspension system should provide a better ride in both the truck and SUV.

The updated EVs feature a simplified electrical architecture that cut the number of ECUs from 17 to seven, and Rivian said its new Autonomy Platform uses cameras, radar, and AI to provide advanced driver assistance functionality. A premium version is available that brings lane change on-command and enhanced highway driving assist features.

Owners will be able to use Apple Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch to lock, unlock, and start their vehicles, and some Google Pixel devices offer similar functionality. A new Rivian stereo is available with Dolby Atmos tech, and the Connect+ subscription service brings streaming music, entertainment apps, and more.

The new R1T and R1S are available now, with pricing starting at $75,900 for the SUV and $69,900 for the truck. Customers can configure and order the EVs on Rivian’s website.

[Images: Rivian]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys i was only here for torchinsky
  • Tane94 Workhorse probably will be added to the heap of failed EV companies.
  • Freddie Instead of taking the day off, how about an article on the connection between Black Americans and the auto industry and car culture? Having done zero research, two topics pop into my head: Chrysler designer/executive Ralph Gilles, and the famous (infamous?) "Green Book".
  • Tane94 Either Elio Motors or Aptera Motors.
  • Billccm I think we will see history repeat itself. The French acquired AMC in the 1980s, discovered they couldn't make easy money, sold AMC off to Chrysler. Jeep is all that remained. This time the French acquired FCA, and they are discovering no easy profits. Assume an Asian manufacturer will acquire what remains of Chrysler, but this time Jeep and RAM are the only survivors.