"Holy blasphemous basketballs, Bron-Bron!" Those were words I wrote two months ago, when LeBron James first began teasing pictures of his special King James Edition Kia K900 on his Facebook page. Now, two pieces of good news. First: They’re finally selling the King James Kia! Even better news: There’s only one of them. Thank GOD!
Kia is the new kid on the big-money block — and who defines nouveau riche like a professional baller? Kia enlisted LeBron as its "luxury ambassador" sometime back. That might seems like a bit of an odd fit, but Kia has been sponsoring the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award for some time now. Primarily because it’s the NBA, and everything has to sponsored.
In an effort to convince the world that Kia’s 2013 MVP Award winner drives a Kia, the company built LeBron a full custom K900 that at the time was presumed to have been a dry run for production. It wasn’t. The King James Edition K900 remains a one-off destined for the auction block, to be sold for a fairly righteous cause.
Continue reading to learn more about the Kia K900 "King James Edition".
The San Diego Comic-Con opened up today and what better way to celebrate it than with a comic book-inspired ride? Well, Kia was happy to deliver the goods by way of a Justice League-inspired 2013 Sorento that took a whopping 10 months to complete.
For those that don’t know, the Justice League first appeared in The Brave and Beautiful issue No. 28, which was put on shelves in 1960. The original seven members of the famed comic book team were Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter, but many characters came and went through the years. This Sorento features all of the original characters with the exception of the lesser-known Martian Manhunter — in his place is more mainstream Cyborg — painted on each side of the vehicle by West Coast Customs. Each of the characters on this Sorento also had their own individual customized Kia and you can see each one by clicking on each name above.
Up front, the hood features a "Justice League" decal and nothing else, giving the crossover a clean, but still custom, look from the front end. The Kia also received blacked-out upper and lower grilles.
On the inside, the customization continues. West Coast Customs reupholstered all three rows of seats with one character’s colors and logo on each seat. Up front, the driver’s seat features the Superman logo and red piping, and the passenger’s seat features a batman logo on the headrest and gold piping. The three center-row seats features Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Flash logos with their respective colored piping. Finally, the third row of seats feature Aquaman and Cyborg logos with piping to match.
Also customized are the door panels, which feature comic strips on the upper inserts and color-coordinated piping, and the center console with its comic-strip covering.
What’s more, is that you can buy this custom rig on Ebay and bidding runs from today through July 27th here. The profits from the auction will go to help the We Can Be Heros campaign, which helps feed starving families in the Horn of Africa. So, not only can you own an awesome ride, but you also help a great cause, it’s a win-win situation.
The customization is based on a Sorento EX with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that puts down 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.
Click past the jump to read more about the Justice League Sorento.