The First Edition of the Kia EV6 has sold out within a day of launch. Originally scheduled to be offered online on June 3, the Kia America website faced technical difficulties due to the overwhelming demand for the new BEV.
Although the reservation date was pushed back to the 8th of June, the minor hurdle didn’t hamper future owners, with all 1500 EV6s reserved with a refundable deposit of $100.
Deliveries aren’t expected to commence until Q1 2022, but First Edition cars were sought after in part thanks to a few incentives. These included gifts in the form of either an Apple Watch, 1000 kWh of charging credits, or a home charging station. Perhaps sensibly, 81 percent of pre-ordering customers opted for the home charger.
Other unique touches that were offered to early adopters were three unique color combinations. These included Steel Gray Matte with black seats, Urban Yellow with black seats, or Glacier White with dark green seats. All First Edition cars also came with an individually numbered badge and illuminated “First Edition” door sill plates.
The new EV6 First Edition also includes amenities such as a sunroof, a 14-speaker Meridian audio system with a two-year Sirius XM subscription, heated front and rear seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, an augmented reality head-up display, as well as remote smart and parking assist.
“Kia welcomes the first EV6 buyers who join us in this historic movement,” said Sean Yoon, president and CEO of Kia North America and Kia America. “Kia’s ‘electric lifestyle’ delivers a unique combination of luxury, performance, and technology, and the First Edition EV6 will provide owners with an experience all of their own.”
Priced at $58,500, the EV6 First Edition features the larger 77.4 kWh battery pack supplying energy to a dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain. It produces a combined output of 320 hp (239 kW / 324 PS) and 446 lb-ft (605 Nm) of torque. Although it doesn’t quite match the range-topping 576 hp GT model, it still enables the First Edition to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in approximately 5.1 seconds and travel approximately 265 miles (426 km) on a single charge.