Drag racing the Rivian R1S Lamborghini Urus, all bets are off
Closely related to the R1T pick-up truck, the R1S SUV comes in three main specifications: twin-motor, twin-motor with extra oomph, and all-wheel drive. The red-painted example in the video below has four electric motors and the largest battery pack available, making it fairly heavy.
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Give or take a few pounds, it weighs up to 7,000 pounds (3,175 kg). On the other hand, what would you expect from a truck-based utility vehicle with such a large battery and no less than four drive units? The aforementioned curb weight has another drawback, which is that the electronically limited top speed is 111 mph.
Or 179 km/h if you prefer the metric measurement. In other words, the R1S inevitably runs out very quickly. Not fast enough to allow the Volkswagen MLB Evo-based Lamborghini Urus to assert its dominance over it, though that changes once Jonny Lieberman and Jeff Glucker switch from MotorTrend Head 2 Head to the half-mile race.
Not surprisingly, the Lambo’s unibody SUVs It makes the R1S’s job easy by simply giving it more room to expand. Both the Urus Performanceante and Urus S are good for 190 mph (305 km/h) at full chatter, just like the Urus before them. Not bad for a twin-turbo V8 mated to a ZF-equipped automatic, and especially not bad for something often derided for sharing a platform with the VW Touareg and Audi Q7.
However, the Urus will adopt the hybrid assistance in 2024. With the imminent phase-out of the Huracan, the Raging Bull of Sant’Agata Bolognese will have a fully electrified lineup. Speaking of which, the Lanzador concept-inspired electric car is scheduled to land in 2028.
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However, Lamborghini will not stop producing its combustion engine models anytime soon. Launched in 2011, the Aventador will be discontinued in 2022, meaning its hybrid successor will be produced in the 2030s. Also remember, Lamborghini’s entry-level supercar is scheduled to be replaced in late 2024, though the as-yet-unnamed successor apparent features a twin-turbo hybrid V8.
It would be sad to see a naturally aspirated Lamborghini V10 go to production, but unfortunately, the Italian automaker needs to cut emissions. There’s no need to worry about emissions, though, as the California-based automaker has to ramp up vehicle production as quickly as possible.
Looking at the latest financial data published by Rivian, the American company also needs to achieve greater operational efficiencies in order to stay afloat. Clear is another thing Eve A manufacturer that is struggling to find success, with Lucid shares down 20 percent from the beginning of 2023 through October 2023 due to very poor deliveries and production numbers.
To be unveiled next month, the long-awaited Gravity SUV will see Lucid challenge both Rivian and Tesla. On the other hand, it will be very slow because the start of production is on track for late 2024.
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