Rivian R1T shows off 360-degree ‘tank turn’

Following the release of a fake video in the middle of last year that claimed to show a Rivian R1T performing a ‘tank turn’, Rivian has released an official video but is that a good thing?

Written by Isaac Bober
Article from Unsealed 4X4

Tesla’s ugly-as-sin and likely-to-fall-foul-of-every-known-safety-agency Cybertruck sent the Interwb into meltdown as Musk showed off a tug-of-war between his truck and an F-150 and much more. Rivian has hit back with a video last week showing its quad-motor pickup performing a ‘tank turn’ on a muddy track.

The idea with the tank turn is that if you’re stuck on a closed in track you simply press a button and the truck swings back around on its own axis. Being able to perform a tank turn was always on Rivian’s wishlist but until the release of its video last week the brand had been super quiet. Rivian still isn’t saying too much about the tank turn which clearly has to be performed on soft surfaces like mud, grass and snow… while it looks cool it begs a question (see below).

2018 11 Rivian R1t Sedona 001

While the world has gone ga-ga for the Cybertruck, we reckon the Rivian R1-T, which Rivian reckons will go on-sale in Australia (production will begin in the second-half of this year for left-hand drive markets and RHD markets after that), is the one to go for. See the quad-motor variant you see in this video will hit 96km/h in three seconds, so you can forget about the alleged V8-powered Raptor, offers a driving range of 600km, offers an approach and departure angle of 34.8-degrees and 30.5-degrees, respectively and a 20.5-degree rampover angle with a staggering 360mm of ground clearance and a 5000kg towing capacity.

Question: Is the tank turn functionality useful or just environmental vandalism?

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Comments 4

  1. Not sure why you think the R1T is the one to go for in Australia over the Cybertruck?

    Apart from the tank turn, the R1T specs are weaker in all areas you mention above than the 70K USD Cybertruck.
    And yet that 70K is the same price only for the base model R1T, but the specs above are of the top model (which will be significantly over $100k)

    If you think you will get a low volume Rivian into Australia (when Ford and Amazon now are prioritized as well as the large US market), think again. The US will be supplied well before RHD markets, and at a low production ramp rate (being their first production vehicle) it will take 3 years to actually get here in numbers for customers. The Cybertruck may even arrive first to Australian shores, given its new ease of construction method. We’ll see..

  2. When bulldozers, Bobcats and excavators do it they have to clean up their mess at the end of the job. 4wdrivers tend to only hang around long enough to pick up their recovery gear. (and sometimes they leave that behind)

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