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This Is The Two-Row Rivian You’re Waiting For

Rivian R1T and R1S deliveries are slated to begin in July, marking a big step for the electric vehicle company R1X R1S Sport
Image Via Rivian

Even as our reporting here at Muscle Cars & Trucks focuses, embellishes, celebrates and evangelizes what our namesake would suggest, we also have eyes on the trendy electric vehicle space. So while we’re constantly delivering heaping scoops of future product news such as the S650 Mustang, electric Corvettes, the future of Dodge, what’s next for GM trucks, and more, we also have exclusive details to share about electrics. Today, we’re shedding light on the Rivian R1S Sport. Below is everything we currently know.

Rivian R1S and R1T
Image Via Rivian.

Rivian R1S Sport: What To Expect

The Rivian R1S Sport will be a two-row SUV based on the current R1S, but will feature a sloped roofline, a more maneuverable wheelbase, and (hopefully) a slightly lower price point. Think an electric equivalent to an Audi Q8, but with far more off-road chops. The Rivian R1S Sport could make for the perfect rival to the upcoming Scout electric SUV from Germany’s Volkswagen Group, or could just as well poach from existing performance SUV customers ranging from the Tesla Model X to the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Production of the Rivian R1S Sport is currently scheduled to begin production in Q4, 2024. Roughly two years away from now.

R1X – Fact Or Fake?

Rivian is also working on new battery technology that should improve the power and range of the R1S and R1T. This has the tabloids speculating that this high-output powertrain is the R1X. This vehicle is reported to be a radical Rivian that will run away from the rest of the BEV SUV/truck pack with over 1,000 horsepower. But this sort of output could also be an eventual rolling update for the existing R1T and R1S families, as their lifecycles continue onward. Or the R1X could be a performance trim level for both. But before anybody gets carried away with what’s happening next, Rivian has to get these two electric vehicles out the Normal, Illinois assembly plant and into the hands of customers at a quicker rate.

Rivian R1S Production Delivery Normal Illinois Assembly Plant Electric SUV
Photo via Rivian.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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