An odd but interesting drag race: Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Rivian R1T electric pickup truck



We know that this is an odd combination — putting a luxury compact sedan against a pickup truck in a drag racing challenge. But nevertheless, it is interesting too — two quiet electric vehicles competing on a dragstrip against each other and we get to explore Rivian’s potential.

YouTuber Branden Flasch bought a Rivian R1T electric pickup truck recently and he took it on a drive to a dragstrip in North Carolina for a drag racing competition against the Tesla Model 3 Performance (video below).

On its way to the dragstrip, we get to look at the center touchscreen display of the Rivian in a bit of detail. The UI of Rivian’s center display is quite similar to Tesla, most of the arrangement of icons and controls at the bottom don’t look unfamiliar.

Some of Rivian’s center display user interface (UI) screenshots in Branden’s tweet.
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Before taking a look at the Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Rivian R1T drag racing challenge, let’s go over a specifications comparison of both electric vehicles.

Tesla Model 3 PerformanceRivian R1T
Starting Price (MSRP)$62,990Dual Motor: $73,000
Quad Motor: $87,000
Range 315 miles (506 km)Dual Motor: 260 miles (375 km)
Quad Motor: 314 miles (503 km)
DrivetrainDual-Motor AWDDual-Motor AWD / Quad Motor AWD optional
Power490 hp835 hp
Torque486 lb-ft908 lb-ft
Curb Weight4,702 lb (1,847 kg)7,173 lb (3254 kg)
Acceleration (060 mph)3.1 secs3.0 secs
Top Speed162 mph (261 km/h)124.9 mph (201 km/h)
CO 2 EmissionsZeroZero
Full Self-Driving (optional)YesNo
Over-the-air software updatesYesYes
Track ModeYes8 modes (for sports, casual, and off-road driving)
Tesla Model 3 Performance vs. Rivian R1T Adventure specs comparison (sources: Manufacturers, CarAndDriver).

Although the power and torque specifications of the Rivian R1T are far better than the Tesla Model 3 Performance, but for its large size and purpose, it is 41.6% heavier as well.

Rivian does not provide 0-60 mph acceleration figures separately for the Dual and Quad-Motor variants. Rivian R1T Quad Motor was used to race the Tesla Model 3 Performance in this video so we consider it is 3.0 seconds. However, as it launched in multiple attempts with different modes (even Sport Mode), R1T was not able to beat the Model 3 Performance off the line.

Tesla Model 3 Performance was a clear winner in this drag racing competition due to multiple factors like power-to-weight ratio, size, and Tesla’s software optimization. We cannot wait for the day when Tesla’s Cybertruck hits a dragstrip against Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 lightning, its true competitors.

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Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar Ali
Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

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