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This Vertical Climb Shows You Exactly How Impressive The Rivian R1S Is Off The Road!

Thank the quad-motor setup of the R1S for this effortless steep climb

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Rivian has been around for a long time now and we know almost everything about its upcoming products, the R1S SUV and the R1T pickup truck. They are essentially the same product in two different body styles. While the deliveries of the products have still not begun, Rivian has been teasing a lot of new specs and technology lately. The company’s CEO, RJ Scaringe, recently tweeted a 25-second video of the R1S successfully attempting a steep climb in Moab, Utah. Now, whether you like it or not, this is mighty impressive!

What’s All The Fuss About?

The video showcases the R1S attempting a steep climb without struggling whatsoever. There was only a little bit of tire spin to gain some traction. The climb is possible from a near standstill thanks to the quad-motor setup that offers instantaneous torque and enough punch to push this massive three-row beast up the hill. It also seems to be in some sort of wrap as you can see the wing mirrors left exposed in the blue exterior shade. It also has a roof rack with a spare tire mounted on it.

This Vertical Climb Shows You Exactly How Impressive The Rivian R1S Is Off The Road!
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The Rivian R1S comes with a lot of impressive specs and features. Some of them include:

  • Quad-motor setup
  • 0-60 mph in three seconds in top trim
  • Can rock crawl at 100-percent grade
  • Towing capacity up to 7,700 pounds
  • 300-mile range
  • 15.6-inch touchscreen system
  • An all-glass panoramic roof will be available
  • Four 110-Volt and three 12-Volt outlets
  • Driver+ driver assistance system will include 11 cameras, five radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, and a 360-degree field vision
  • Three trims/packages on offer – Explore, Adventure, Launch
  • Starting price - $70,000
2020 Rivian R1S dimensions
Length 200.7 inches
Width 79.3 inches
Wheelbase 121.1 inches
Approach Angle 34.8 degrees
Departure Angle 34.3 degrees
Breakover Angle 28.9 degrees
Maximum Ground Clearance 14.5 inches
Water Fording 42.7 inches
Rear Cargo Space 7.1 cubic-feet
Frunk Space 11.1 cubic-feet

As for the dimensions and space, the Rivian R1S is 202 inches long, 79 inches wide, 72 inches tall, and has a 121-inch wheelbase. It has an 11 cubic feet frunk, but there’s no tunnel like the R1T does. However, there are multiple storage spaces inside that offer up to 108 cubic feet of space.

This Vertical Climb Shows You Exactly How Impressive The Rivian R1S Is Off The Road!
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The incline seemed to be quite steep and the R1S didn’t struggle for power whatsoever

The approach, departure, and breakover angle of the R1S are rated at 34.3 degrees, 33.7 degrees, and 28.9 degrees. Courtesy of the air suspension, the SUV can be lifted to 14.4 inches off the ground. The wading depth is over 36 inches.

Not to mention, there’s also the famous zero-radius Tank Turn. It was showcased on the R1T, but since the R1S shares the same architecture and mechanical setup, the R1S will also get it. Recently, the company even filed a patent for the ’K-Turn’ that will be even more useful than the Tank Turn in day-to-day use.

This Vertical Climb Shows You Exactly How Impressive The Rivian R1S Is Off The Road!
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There was a little tire-spin in a few places, but apart from that, it was a nonchalant climb

On a side note, Rivian has raised another $2.5 billion in its latest round of funding. This brings the total raised funding to $10.5 billion. The latest amount was raised to develop a second manufacturing plant in the U.S. for the vehicles as well as battery cells. The plans for the new plant weren’t detailed here, but the funds being raised a week after the company announced its plan to come up with a second plant points to that.

2020 Rivian R1S battery lineup
Entry Range Mid-Range Long Range
Capacity 105kWh 135kWh 180kWh
Power 402 HP 753 HP 750HP
Torque 413 LB-FT 826 LB-FT 826 LB-FT
Range 240 miles 310 miles 410 miles
Top speed 125mph 125mph 125mph
0-60 mph 4.9s 3s 3.2s
Payload 1800 lbs 1800 lbs 1800 lbs
Trailer rating 7700 lbs 7700 lbs 7700 lbs
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