China unveils steeply priced C1 Corvette wannabe

30-09-2020 13:35
Automaker Songsan Motors has brought quite a few unlicensed replicas of Western cars to the Auto China 2020 show, but the SS Dolphin stands alone in the fact that it will be getting a U.S. release.

Automaker Songsan Motors has brought quite a few unlicensed replicas of Western cars to the Auto China 2020 show, but the SS Dolphin stands alone in the fact that it will be getting a U.S. release.

The designers of the coupe unabashedly copied the first-gen Chevrolet Corvette that came out in 1958 and had as many as four headlights. The proportions are of, however, with the body being a whopping 12 inches (30 centimeters) longer than necessary. The whole car thus measures 15 ¾ feet (4.8 meters) long.

Powering the replica is a BYD plug-in hybrid powertrain rated at 313 hp (233 kW) and 500 Nm (370 lb-ft). A turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine lies at its core, enabling acceleration from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds. The transmission type is six-speed DCT. The giant front overhang may or may not mean transverse engine layout, and the drive seems to be located on the front axle. The 16-kWh battery the car is equipped with guarantees it up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) of all-electric range. MacPherson struts are used at the front end, and per-wheel multi-link suspension can be found in the rear.

The front panel and the doors evoke retro vibes, but the seats, the steering wheel, the center tunnel and the dashboard are quite up-to-date. It remains open whether there will be a soft-top version, but the hardtop has already been confirmed. The C1 Corvette also had the latter, by the way.

In China, the imitation comes priced at 590,000 Yuan (around 86,000 USD). Songsan plans to export in to the United States at a hefty premium: $159,900 and above.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
  • Comments
    | 0
  • Facebook
  • VK
    | 0

Forma Car Recommends

Car Tuning 26-10-2020
It’s only October, but some people seem anxious to see 2020 out of the door – an idea we frankly can absolutely get behind. For its part, tune-up shop Manhart offers us a cheerful Christmas-themed, power-boosted Mini John Cooper Works.
Car Tuning 24-10-2020
Suspension lift counts among the most frequent modifications of SUVs and pickup trucks, but the important thing to remember is that it does not directly translate into better off-road performance. Sometimes it is there purely for show – and this Ford F-250 is no exception.
Car Tuning 23-10-2020
In March this year, G-Power came out with an extreme edition of the BMW M5 (F90) titled the G5M Hurricane RS. The car packed all of 840 PS and 1,040 Nm of torque – but, as it turned out, it still had potential in it.
Car Tuning 22-10-2020
Professional racing driver and drifter Ryan Tuerck has built quite a few impressive cars over the years, but his latest project – stuffing a racecar engine into a production car – overshadows them all.
Car Tuning 22-10-2020
Can the wallet-friendly BMW M240i Coupe hold its own against the Porsche 911 Carrera S on a half-mile strip? No way! But what if we tune it? Same answer, perhaps, but let’s give it a chance.
Porsche has finally taken the all-electric variant of its Macan SUV out for some tests, as evidenced by these freshly made spy shots. Let us have a look!
Novelties 14-10-2020
The eighth-gen Volkswagen Golf GTI hot hatch debuted this spring, and today, the range-topping Clubsport modification joins it with added power and a driving mode called Special.
Car Tuning 10-10-2020
The Nissan Z badge is in great renown among exacting car enthusiasts and tuners, but this particular specimen from the United States is probably one of the most controversial ones.
Technology 10-10-2020
Startup company REE Automotive has conducted multiple tests of its P1, P2 and P4 chassis models fitted with two different REEcorner units. The experiment has proven that the prototypes are fully functional.
Auto Show 09-10-2020
The all-electric Audi e-tron Gran Turismo will enter production before the year is over, the manufacturer reports. In the meantime, here are some new images showing a tastefully disguised car.
Novelties 06-10-2020
The Hongqi marque (Chinese for “Red Banner”) used to produce luxury stretch limos and light passenger vehicles for higher-ranking CCP members, until its owner – FAW Group – decided to expand into the SUV territory. One after another, the company released the E-HS3, HS5 and HS7, and the especially luxurious E-HS9 joins them now.
Car Tuning 05-10-2020
German tune-up company ABT Sportsline has outfitted the Audi RS4 with a performance boost, chassis reinforcements and carbon-fiber décor, naming the result “RS4-S”.
Auto Show 25-09-2020
Multiple hypercars have run a demo lap before the start of this year’s 24-hour endurance race on the famed Circuit de la Sarthe, a.k.a. Le Mans. Heading what looked like $10+ million worth of vehicles was the all-electric Carmen by Hispano Suiza.
Technology 24-09-2020
BMW has updates engine ranges in multiple car series, including the 545e xDrive Hybrid coming up this fall (see video) and many others.
Novelties 24-09-2020
After a waiting time that seemed only too long, Volkswagen finally took the wraps of its first production SUV powered by batteries: the ID.4.