The rim design also tells us that we're looking at the 21-inch wheels, which are ideal for normal driving and maximizing range.
It didn't matter to this owner that they had "normal" wheels and no special mode activated. This person asked the SUV to throw some sand in the air, and it delivered gracefully. Just look at the video below, and you'll convince yourself about the R1S' capabilities.
But it's worth noting that the R1S has 10 drive modes! All-Purpose, Sport, and Conserve are the main ones. They are similar to something you would find in a BMW. Think of them as Comfort, Sport, and Eco Pro.
Snow, All-Terrain, Soft Sand, Rock Crawl, Rally, Drift, and Towing are, just like their names suggest, meant to be used in specific scenarios.
Figuring out how many motors a Rivian R1-series vehicle has is easy. All you have to do is look at the badges and the brake calipers. If they're silver, that's a vehicle with two motors. If they're yellow, the EV has a motor for each wheel.
Recently, the automaker updated the power output for the R1T and R1S. These are as follows:
- Dual-Motor AWD – 533 hp;
- Performance Dual-Motor AWD – 665 hp;
- Quad-Motor AWD – 835 hp.
The cheapest Rivian SUV Americans and Canadians can order today costs USD 78,000 and CAD 116,500, respectively.
The unfortunate thing, sadly, is that the Irvine-based EV maker isn't delivering the SUVs with the smallest battery pack. It's scheduled to start in the summer of 2024, but changes could be made along the way. It all depends on how streamlined production can become.
As such, if you're willing to give up on the EV tax credit and find some change in your pocket or bank account, an extra USD 6,000 switches the 260-mile energy storage unit with the 340-mile one.
Adding 80 miles of more range could be useful, depending on your traveling needs and residence. The extra battery modules will be a blessing if it gets too cold or hot. The thermal management system can consume more electricity than usual when it works to protect the energy storage unit.
Now watch this owner having a blast on the beach. It's yet another confirmation that the American startup launched a great all-electric SUV that seems to be destined for greatness.
Maybe it's time to give EVs a proper chance, wouldn't you agree?
Due to Meta's rules regarding shorter videos, we were unable to include the footage in the article. Open the photo gallery or click here to see the R1S in action.