The Chinese automakers have been rumored for years to finally break the US market threshold, so we’re really looking at such reports with skepticism.
There are numerous factors going against this report actually becoming true – for example China isn’t exactly the traditional go to market from where to get a proper sports car. That’s even as the company in this report – upstart automaker Qiantu – released last year the K50 Event! Yes, that’s the actual name, but we’ll just call it the K50 from now on. Electrically powered, the K50 has 400 horsepower (294 kilowatt) and 480 pound-feet torque (650 Newton-meter), reaching 62 mph (100 km/h) in around five seconds and having a range of 124 miles (200 kilometers) on a full battery.
It appears that following the initial production scheduled for next month in China, the model could make its way to the United States as well. But first prototypes will be out and about testing and only if everything goes according to plans, Qiantu would start producing them intensively and introduce them to the US in the second part of next year as well. “We attach great importance to the U.S. because of its size, and it is also an open market where we can see opportunities for our car,” commented chairman Lu Qun in an interview with Chinese media. And it appears the company wants to price it attractively – meaning “a lot lower than Tesla”.