The Chinese automobile industry has grown to become one of the world’s largest automobile markets. Along with the most recent vehicles, the country also has exact replicas of many others. There have also been several court cases. However, the cost of these copies is much lower than that of the original model. In China, for example, a new Bugatti Chiron knockoff has been introduced. The new vehicle is known as the P8. It is less expensive than the Maruti Alto. Let’s take a closer look at the Chinese Bugatti Chiron knockoff.
Shandong Qilu Fengde (based in China’s Shandong Province) manufactures the Shandong Qilu Fengde P8. It resembles the Bugatti Chiron in appearance. It even employs the same dual-painting technique. The new car is available in black and red or black and white. However, the Chinese company was unable to replicate Bugatti’s quad-turbocharged W16 petrol engine. The massive 8-liter engine (outputs 1500 HP, top speed 420 kmph) is bound to attract heavy taxes due to the country’s strict anti-pollution laws.
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Chinese Bugatti Chiron Powertrain
The Chinese Chiron, on the other hand, is propelled by an electric motor. A 72V lead-acid battery powers it. The vehicle can be fully charged (on a 220V charging system) in about 10 hours. The electric motor generates 3.35 horsepower. The small car is classified as an LSEV, or low-speed electric vehicle. It is legal to drive without a licence. While the EV is legally limited to a top speed of 50 kmph, it can reach 65 kmph. It has a respectable range of 150 kilometers on a single charge.
Inside, there’s a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system (which plays MP5 videos), a digital instrument cluster, and red carpeting. The Shandong Qilu Fengde P8 also has a good boot. Unlike the Chiron, the P8 has a rear seat. However, it can only be used for storage in practise. In addition, a large red kill switch has been added to the centre console. In China, an LSEV must have an emergency kill switch. Overall, the Shandong Qilu Fengde P8 appears to be a good car that costs less than the Maruti Alto.