Rivian has unveiled its Performance Dual-Motor R1T model to a select group of R1T reservation holders. The introduction of the dual motor variant is part of Rivian’s strategy to offer its R1 series in three different drive system configurations, catering to a diverse range of customer needs.
The quad-motor all-wheel-drive (AWD) configuration delivers 835 horsepower, 908 lb-ft of torque, and the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just three seconds. However, Rivian recognized the demand for a more affordable yet high-performing alternative, leading to the introduction of the dual-motor version.
Equipped with Rivian’s in-house Enduro drive units, the dual-motor R1T boasts 533 horsepower and 610 lb-ft of torque. Despite having slightly lower power figures, it offers a respectable range of 270 to 400 miles.
To fully harness the potential of Rivian’s Enduro drive units, the company also introduced a performance version of the dual-motor R1T. This variant comes with 665 horsepower and 829 lb-ft of torque, and an impressive towing capacity of up to 11,000 pounds. Rivian’s decision to introduce this version followed the removal of the quad-motor max pack R1T from its lineup.
“Performance Dual-Motor is an absolutely incredible, high-performing drive unit, and still capable of mind-blowing acceleration. The only thing that you would probably see taillights on is a Quad-Motor R1,:” said Henry Huang, Rivian Sr. Director, Powertrain and Thermal.
You can read more about the three different drive systems now available on Rivian vehicles here, and watch the video showing first impressions of the Performance Dual-Motor R1T below.