Rivian R1S electric SUV launched with seven seats and 750bhp

New American electric-car brand's seven-seat Rivian R1S SUV boasts huge power and over 400 miles of driving range

The Rivian R1S made its first appearance at the 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show, promising impressive performance figures that could tempt UK buyers when right-hand-drive models enter production, as is planned. The R1S is available to order in the US now, with prices starting at around $65,000 (£51,000).

Production was set to begin in 2020, with right-hand-drive models following a year later, however initial production has now slipped back to 2021 due to delays stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, so the car's right-hand-drive debut could in turn be pushed back to 2022.

Rivian R1S battery and electric motor

The seven-seater boasts a range of battery options, with the top-spec 180kWh pack returning a claimed range of around 420 miles. That would comfortably give the R1S the longest range of any electric car on sale compared to today’s class leaders.

Four electric motors generate 754bhp and 1,119Nm of torque, putting the R1S on par with most supercars, while the maximum towing capacity is said to be 3,500kg.

Acceleration is rapid, too: Rivian says the R1S will do 0-60mph in three seconds exactly. It should deliver decent off-road capability as well, with underbody protection and a wading depth of up to three feet.

Dimensions and interior

At 5,040mm long, the Rivian R1S is a close match for the likes of the Audi Q7, but at 2,015mm across, it's wider than both the Audi and the Tesla Model X. This should translate into a spacious interior, which should feature high-quality materials throughout and include a digital instrument display.

The R1S follows the launch earlier this week of the Rivian R1T pickup truck, which is set to deliver comparable performance. It'll be a rival for the Tesla Cybertruck.

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