To my surprise the R1T is a very capable pickup, not just with power output from the 180 kWh battery pack but looking at suspension specs alone, you'll be blown away; up to 14-inches of ground clearance, dynamic roll control, adaptive dampers, adjustable air-suspension and approach/departure angles that rivals the Ford Raptor.
Dynamic roll control, adaptive dampers and adjustable air suspension allow the R1T to move up and down over a wide range. When parked, the truck can kneel down to eight inches of ground clearance for easier entry and exit. The standard ground clearance in motion is 11-inches although on the highway, the aero mode will lower that to 9.4-inches. In off-road mode, the truck will clear over 14 inches and ford through one meter of water. The approach and departure angles of 34 and 30 degrees respectively can’t match the Jeep Wrangler, but they easily outdo the 25.7 and 26.8 degree numbers of the Raptor.
The foundation of the R1T and R1S is Rivian's skateboard platform, which efficiently packages the battery pack, drive units, suspension, braking and thermal system all below the height of the wheel, leaving the space above for occupants and their gear.
Beyond the packaging benefits, this architecture delivers a low center of gravity that supports the vehicle's agility and stability. Adding to these inertial advantages is a sophisticated suspension architecture with unequal length double wishbone suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear. The suspension features dynamic roll control and adaptive dampers along with ride-height adjustable air-suspension – allowing the suspension to be adjusted for highway comfort, on-road performance or off-road capability.