Review: 2023 Rivian R1S electrifies the adventure SUV

7/6/2022 5:14:00 PM

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And through the woods we went in the Rivian R1S. Silently. Our review of the Rivian R1S --

The 2023 R1S impresses as an electric combination of a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Land Rover Range Rover. It’s priced accordingly, too.

2023 Rivian With 835 hp on tap, the Rivian R1S pushes its 3.5 ton curb weight from 0-60 mph in about three seconds.A drive to and from Monticello revealed the systems that contribute to the R1S’s off-road capability also help wrangle the SUV’s three-and-a-half ton mass. In its lowest setting of 9.5 inches, the R1S sits about an inch higher than a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

I’d love to slide through corners on a fast off-road course to get a feel for the Rally and Drift modes, and to feel the effects of torque vectoring enabled by the dual rear motors, but Rivian didn’t provide that opportunity.The best part of the R1S’s driving character came as no surprise: its

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July 6, 2022 The R1S’s angles also cleared steep ascents and descents, while the all-wheel drive enabled by front and rear motors scratched for traction on the climbs.The R1S has a split rear tailgate and plenty of cargo space.View Photos Rivian The R1S comes standard with a seven-passenger setup courtesy of a three-place second-row bench seat and a two-passenger third row.View Slideshow Pieter Mulier invited people to the unfinished space that will be the new Alaia store on the Faubourg St.

High regen acted like a low-gear crawl mode on the descents—though I also used the mechanical brakes to control those speeds—and the knobby tires worked well on both the muddy trail and slick rocks. 2023 Rivian With 835 hp on tap, the Rivian R1S pushes its 3. Off-road, the R1S was a wonder; it has a shorter wheelbase than the R1T and was easier to navigate through the course Rivian had set up.5 ton curb weight from 0-60 mph in about three seconds. R1S Horsepower and Range The R1S we drove had the only powertrain available initially: a quad-motor setup with a 128. 2023 Rivian With 835 hp on tap, the Rivian R1S pushes its 3. The four independent motors with torque vectoring, aggressive regenerative braking, advanced air suspension, and a dedicated rock-crawl mode with a max speed of 19mph made driving through muddy ruts, small creeks, and up rocky hills almost too easy: you can solve every problem by pressing the accelerator, and the R1S just figures it out.5 ton curb weight from 0-60 mph in about three seconds. Eyes fell to the footwear: long-haired boots cuffed with huge metallic bangles on cubic lucite heels; black lacquer stiletto heels in the shape of a naked woman’s legs.

With 835 hp on tap, the Rivian R1S pushes its 3. (Rivian had a van full of spares, don’t worry. Rivian says that several more powertrain configurations are coming at some point in the future, including both a larger and a smaller battery pack and a less expensive and less powerful dual-motor drivetrain.5 ton curb weight from 0-60 mph in about three seconds. On-road comfort A drive to and from Monticello revealed the systems that contribute to the R1S’s off-road capability also help wrangle the SUV’s three-and-a-half ton mass. Photo by Nilay Patel / The Verge No one at Rivian seemed to be under any illusions about how many R1S owners would actually take these $90,000 SUVs off-road; like Land Rover and Jeep, the off-road capability is part of the appeal but rarely part of the experience. In its lowest setting of 9. There's a fair amount of squat if you give it the beans, and the rush of torque is enough to shove you back into your seat.5 inches, the R1S sits about an inch higher than a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The quad-motor drivetrain offers 835 horsepower and the delightful instant EV torque made highway passing effortless. Alaia is staffed with people who have a spectacular and nuanced repertoire of technical skills which enable Mulier to model ideas in 3-D; to make dresses that rely on asymmetry, hip-ruching, suspension, and the North African influences which Alaia used as a source of innovation.

While it rides high at all times, the hydraulic anti-roll system counters lean quite well. It uses hydraulic fluid that flows from one side of the vehicle to the other during cornering to push the suspension down on the outside wheels and therefore flatten the ride. Rivian’s Driver+ advanced driver assistance system allows for hands-free driving on select highways, but it wasn’t available on the roads we traveled, instead offering only adaptive cruise control with lane-keep assist. Owing to its shorter wheelbase and better departure angle compared with the pickup, Rivian sees the R1S as the stronger off-roader of the two. Still, I preferred Sport mode for its stiffer spring settings and lower ride height. They both limited the slightly choppy feel and side-to-side head shake caused by the 11. Rivian is perhaps too committed to the touchscreen; some physical HVAC controls would be nice.5-inch ride height of All-Purpose mode. We bounded over boulders, navigated rutted trails, and crossed a few creeks on an off-road course Rivian had set up, where we found the R1S to be capable and easy to wheel, although the ride quality in these taller suspension settings, predictably, does get noticeably less compliant. “The idea was that it’s like a scarf.

Conserve mode also worked well on the highway, as it drops the ground clearance to 10. The extended pack is required if you opt for quad motors, a combination which delivers 316 miles of range.1 inches. Even in Sport mode, though, the R1S was just too tall and heavy for me to want to attack corners on twisty roads with vigor.) We didn’t have an opportunity to hunt after charging stations or try out any at-home charging options, but Rivian is building out its own charging network and uses the standard J1772 connector, with support for “over 200kW” charging speeds, although those speeds have. That would create too much body lean and likely make my passenger carsick. I’d love to slide through corners on a fast off-road course to get a feel for the Rally and Drift modes, and to feel the effects of torque vectoring enabled by the dual rear motors, but Rivian didn’t provide that opportunity.” Now that he’s got through the first two testing seasons of being the new boy in a house with such a sacred memory, things are flowing nicely for Mulier.

No matter the mode, the ride was always comfortable. Even the available 22-inch wheels have tall sidewalls that help cushion the blow of bumps and ruts. My drive was enhanced by the well-tuned electric power-assist steering and friction brakes. The steering was direct and gave me a good feel of what was going on at the tires, and the brakes had a natural, progressive feel because using the pedal only engages the discs and calipers without the need for a possibly awkward hand-off between regen and friction braking. The best part of the R1S’s driving character came as no surprise: its electric electric power. And on the top, a sheer black long sleeve bodysuit.

Like other EVs, the R1S can leap off the line when pushed, but there’s something more here. With 835 hp on tap, the motors can move more than three tons of SUV from 0-60 mph in about three seconds, and a snap of power is always at the ready whenever it’s time to pass. The system doesn’t offer the visceral aural experience of a force-fed V-8, but its immediate and robust response to throttle inputs is even more visceral. A 135-kwh Big Pack battery powered the test vehicles I drove as that’s the only pack currently available. A 180-kwh Max Pack will arrive early next year, and a smaller 105-kwh Standard Pack will come sometime thereafter. Collection.

With the Big Pack, the R1S is EPA rated for 316 miles of range and carries MPGe ratings of 73 MPGe city, 65 highway, 69 combined. It’s good for 2.04 miles per kwh, which is much less efficient than most of today’s smaller crossover EVs, but far more efficient than the GMC Hummer EV. Your tire choice will affect your range. The EPA ratings hold only for the standard low-rolling resistance tires and 21-inch wheels.

Both the 20-inch wheels with off-road tires and the gripper tires on 22s will cut at least 20 miles from the range. The Standard pack is expected to have about 260 miles of range, and Rivian says the Max Pack will extend the range to more than 400 miles. While it uses a 400-volt architecture, Rivian says the R1S can accept DC fast charging up to 220 kw. On a 240-volt outlet, it can charge at a rate of 16 miles per hour. Rivian outfits the R1S's cabin with sustainable materials, plenty of technology, and some cool extras.

Rivian outfits the R1S's cabin with sustainable materials, plenty of technology, and some cool extras. Rivian outfits the R1S's cabin with sustainable materials, plenty of technology, and some cool extras. Rivian outfits the R1S's cabin with sustainable materials, plenty of technology, and some cool extras. Spacious, utilitarian cabin The R1S’s cabin sports a new take on luxury, one that mixes sustainable materials with plenty of technology. The seats are covered in vegan upholstery that approximates the look of leather, the Chilewich flooring material often used for placemats is easy to hose off, and the headliner is synthetic suede made from recycled materials.

Rivian delivers the technology via two large screens: a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 15.6-inch center touchscreen. Rather than partnering with another automaker, Rivian developed its own infotainment system. Touch controls dominate most of the functions, including the steering wheel and outside mirror adjustments.

While the infotainment system offers no AM or satellite radio and isn’t compatible with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, it is generally well done, with quick responses and cool features such Google Map-style views and a security system called Gear Guard that uses the cameras to record when people come close to the vehicle when you’re away. While the R1S is designed as an SUV from the start, it offers about the same space as a typical gas-powered SUV. Sized between a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Grand Cherokee L, the R1S has about as much usable space inside, but it adds a roomy front trunk and some cool features that show Rivian is thinking outside the box. Three rows of seats with seating for seven come standard. The driver and front passenger get lots of room in every direction, and sit on comfortable buckets with eight-way power controls.

The second row has plenty of room, too, as long as nobody sits in the third row, but it will require some horse-trading of leg room between the back two rows to get adults to fit in all positions. Even then, the third-row passengers won’t be comfortable on longer trips due to a knees-up seating position that lacks thigh support. Cargo space is generous, starting at 17.6 cubic feet behind the third row and expanding to 88.2 cubic feet with the last two rows folded down.

The front trunk adds another 11.1-cubic feet of storage space, but it has a liftover height. I appreciate the R1S’s thoughtful features, all of which add to its adventurous spirit. The company taps into the air suspension to provide an air nozzle in the cargo area, effectively turning the R1S into a rolling air compressor for your mountain bike tires. Two 120-volt outlets are also included back there, and the split tailgate adds a bit of utility when used as a shelf or seat.

A standard “camp” speaker sits in the front center console. Pop it out to provide the tunes via Bluetooth at the next cookout. Rivian is putting charging stations at trailheads so owners can go on adventures. Rivian is putting charging stations at trailheads so owners can go on adventures. Rivian is putting charging stations at trailheads so owners can go on adventures.

R1S pricing and availability The R1S strikes me as an electric combination of a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Land Rover Range Rover. It’s priced accordingly, too. It’s offered in Explore and Adventure trims, and for now it’s only available with the Quad-Motor AWD powertrain and the Large Pack battery. A sizable price increase of $6,000-$12,000 before it even hit the market raised the starting price to $85,575 in Explore trim and $91,075 in Adventure trim when teamed with the Large Pack battery, which is the only battery choice for now. A Dual-Motor powertrain with about 600 hp will arrive in early 2024, and it will cut the starting price to $73,575 when teamed with the Standard Pack, which will account for $6,000 of those savings.

For now, however, Rivian hasn’t announced a release date for the Standard Pack. Rivian says any R1S ordered now will be delivered in late 2023, so buyers should be able to pick from most of the future available options for current orders. No matter what version you choose, you’ll get an electric vehicle with an adventurous spirit, good space, smart features, and immense electric power—all with the peace of mind of emissions-free driving. Rivian provided airfare and lodging for Motor Authority to bring you this firsthand report. High-Res Gallery: .