Audi e-tron GT

400 miles on a charge, 0–60mph in three sec­onds and a pen­chant for mud...

Top Gear (UK) - - CONTENTS - VI­JAY PATTNI

This is the R1T pickup truck, the first car to come from a com­pany called Ri­vian work­ing out of California and London, and – to be blunt – it is ex­traor­di­nar­ily quick. Four elec­tric mo­tors – one on each wheel – are at­tached to Ri­vian’s new ‘skate­board’ plat­form, pack­ag­ing the bat­tery, drive units, sus­pen­sion and brakes be­low the height of each wheel. Which means lots of pas­sen­ger space but, more im­por­tantly, a low cen­tre of grav­ity.

Three bat­tery sizes will be of­fered: 180kWh (400 mile range), 135kWh (300 mile range) and 105kWh (230 mile range). Opt for the 135kWh one and you’ll see off 0–60mph in three sec­onds flat. You’ll also be able to go from 0–100mph in un­der seven sec­onds, with a top speed of 125mph. IN A TRUCK. Size-wise, it’s longer, wider and taller than a Nis­san Navara, weighs 2.6 tonnes, is ca­pa­ble of tow­ing 4,990kg, fea­tures dou­ble wish­bones up front and multi-link sus­pen­sion at the rear, as well as things like dy­namic roll con­trol, adap­tive dampers and ride-adjustable air sus­pen­sion.

Ri­vian has even fit­ted a range of hard­ware – cam­eras, li­dar, radar, ul­tra­sonic and GPS – to al­low for Level 3 au­ton­omy. And if you like to keep your cargo dry, there’s a seven-seater SUV ver­sion called the R1S.

“I started Ri­vian to de­liver prod­ucts the world didn’t al­ready have,” ex­plains Ri­vian boss RJ Scaringe. Pick up yours in 2020.

Four in-wheel mo­tors pro­duce e a to­tal of around 750bhp... and a truck-load of torque

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