This is a boon for those waiting for years in line for an R1T, especially when they opted for an unlucky configuration. The trucks available in the R1T shop can be delivered in about 6-8 weeks, according to the emails received by some Rivian R1T reservation holders. The catch is that the access to this secret store is by invitation only. There is a longer fine print; we walk you through it with the help of the good people at Rivian Forums.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, the first downside of buying from this shop is that you have to settle for one of the existing configurations, which may or may not be to your liking. Forum users reported that the inventory fluctuates, sometimes offering up to 16 trucks and sometimes none. Another problem is that you can only ponder buying from the shop for seven days, after which your access is rejected. So it’s a limited offer, take it or leave it.
There are essential pieces of information missing from the website, like the truck’s VIN or location. Although some people were afraid they were putting the money on an early build, this was not the case: the R1T pickups in the inventory proved to be new builds. But they may ship from across the country, which explains why it still takes that long to get to the new customers.