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Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/7/24 3:19 p.m.

Rivian just unveiled their R2, which I believe is a Model Y competitor.

But they also - surprise even to my friends that work at Rivian - rolled out the R3 and R3X. It's a shorter version of the R2 platform with a five door hatch body on top, and they have a hot three-motor version with flares and fat wheels called the R3X. It's pushing my buttons. It's a crossover, but imagine this a little lower...

Details are thin on the ground, but the bigger R2 is a 300 mile car with a sub-3 second 0-60 that uses the same platform. This thing will scoot.

If I heard right during the reveal, this is what will be built at SVreX's little plant in Georgia.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/7/24 3:24 p.m.

It’s like an Integrale. :) 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/7/24 3:26 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

That's the Ionic 5 :)

That side shot looks like a Golf Country, and somehow it kinda looks like a big N600 - especially the non-X.

They haven't revealed dimensions yet, other than a 2800mm (110.2") wheelbase. That's about 4" longer than a CX-5 but since this has no overhangs to speak of I suspect it's in that overall size range.

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito UltimaDork
3/7/24 3:29 p.m.

It's like a Golf Country and a Lada Niva had an electric baby! 


xflowgolf (Forum Supporter)
xflowgolf (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
3/7/24 3:46 p.m.

oooh that is neat.  

travellering
travellering Dork
3/7/24 3:49 p.m.

That's a Fiat Panda E!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/7/24 3:49 p.m.

I want to build a pavement version. This thing, nearly 40 years (!) later.

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
3/7/24 3:59 p.m.

I hate absolutely none of this 80s retro futuristic stuff we're all doing right now. Color me curious. 

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
3/7/24 4:06 p.m.

It's a shrunken LaForza! $45k? Where do I sign? 

RyanGreener (Forum Supporter)
RyanGreener (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
3/7/24 4:06 p.m.

Wow, that looks pretty damn cool! Although I'm hoping for more EV cars than crossovers/trucks.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
3/7/24 4:06 p.m.
Mndsm said:

I hate absolutely none of this 80s retro futuristic stuff we're all doing right now. Color me curious. 

I'd rock it... if it had 2" less wheel and 3" less ride height.

 

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
3/7/24 4:08 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

...SVreX's little plant in Georgia.

I wish!! 😂🤣😂

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/7/24 4:12 p.m.
Duke said:
Mndsm said:

I hate absolutely none of this 80s retro futuristic stuff we're all doing right now. Color me curious. 

I'd rock it... if it had 2" less wheel and 3" less ride height.

 

I smell an aftermarket coming.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
3/7/24 4:13 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

The name brought images like this to my mind: 

Puddy46
Puddy46 Reader
3/7/24 4:19 p.m.

Now that's the kind of EV that'll frost my cupcakes!  I am really digging it.  

dyintorace
dyintorace GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
3/7/24 4:34 p.m.
SV reX said:
Keith Tanner said:

...SVreX's little plant in Georgia.

I wish!! 😂🤣😂

This quote is a bit concerning regarding the GA plant:

Shifting production of the R2 from the in-development plant in Georgia to the company’s plant in Normal, Illinois, will save $2.25 billion, Rivian said in a press release. It will also allow the vehicle to begin production earlier, it said.

The company said it will pause construction on the Georgia plant, to be resumed “later.”

STM317
STM317 PowerDork
3/7/24 4:36 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

If I heard right during the reveal, this is what will be built at SVreX's little plant in Georgia.

Lots of outlets saying that those plans are on hold for the moment

SV reX
SV reX MegaDork
3/7/24 4:36 p.m.

In reply to dyintorace :

Hmm...  I was wondering when that might surface

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/7/24 4:43 p.m.

I present the street modified R3X+.

 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/7/24 4:44 p.m.

In reply to Tony Sestito :

You beat me to it, I see a lot of Lada Niva.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/7/24 4:45 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

I present the street modified R3X+.

 

I'll take two (even if I can't afford a single unmodified one).

thatsnowinnebago
thatsnowinnebago GRM+ Memberand UberDork
3/7/24 5:27 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

I present the street modified R3X+.

 

Ok yeah, that's really good. I'm sold! (Can I borrow $40,000 dollars?)

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/7/24 6:01 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

I present the street modified R3X+.

 

I'd like to point out that having Photoshop on my work computer is not good for productivity.

spandak
spandak Dork
3/7/24 6:02 p.m.

Most electrics do nothing for me. And after hunting for a charger with a friend while they had a loaner Taycan... I'm really not interested. 
 

But this. This is compelling. It's interesting that the startup electric manufacturers are making stuff aimed for the enthusiast while most stream car makers are stepping away from them. They see the hole and are mobile enough (or maybe not overly burdened by committees) to make a move to fill it. I like that. 

Driven5
Driven5 PowerDork
3/7/24 6:24 p.m.

Even lowered, it could still use some tastefully rad skirts to visually lower the body over the battery. If needing to downsize the tire diameter to not screw up geometry too badly, deeper flares could be used to fill in the gaps.

I like the form factor, it's actually interesting as-is, and pretty cool as-photochopped.

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