Rivian has told existing reservation holders that the R1T with the Max Pack battery and Quad Motor configuration will no longer be produced for the foreseeable future. The decision comes just a few months after Rivian announced they were pushing deliveries of this configuration into 2024.
The Max Pack is Rivian’s largest battery and is intended to offer as much as 400 miles (643km) of range on a full charge, but you can no longer pair it with their top-of-the-line powertrain option.
In a letter sent to reservation holders, Rivian says the Max Pack will now only be available with the dual-motor AWD configuration. To help ease the pain the automaker says they will also offer an “enhanced version” with the same 400 mile range, but with a horsepower bump from 600hp to 700hp, and a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds, compared to 4 seconds in the standard version.
Customers who had selected the Max Pack Quad Motor configuration will now have to downgrade their order to the Dual Motor configuration, which will drop their price by $6,000 USD. Opting for the enhanced version will drop it by just $1,000.
As Rivian said a few months ago, they are still targeting to begin deliveries of this variant in the summer of 2023. The email also said that the Max Pack and Quad Motor configuration will be removed from the website in early 2023.
However, Rivian also notes in their letter they will offer a Quad Motor option “with additional capability at a later date that will pair with the Max Pack,” giving hope that it will one day be offered again.
You can read the full letter below.
The Max Pack Quad Motor R1T has officially been killed before it ever saw the light of day ☠️ pic.twitter.com/s9Avx3wkrl
— The Kilowatts 🚗⚡️ (@klwtts) December 20, 2022