It could be cheaper than a Tesla.

China isn’t exactly known for its sports cars. But in 2015, upstart automaker Qiantu introduced a vehicle that the company hoped would change that thinking for many, the K50 Event! (exclamation point included).

Powered by an electric motor, the K50 produces 400 horsepower (294 kilowatt) and 480 pound-feet torque (650 newton-meter). From a dead stop, it will hit 62 mph (100 kmh) in about five seconds, and can go 124 miles (200 kilometers) on a single charge. It’s a car that seemingly has loads of potential, and it could be making its way to the U.S.

Initial production of the K50 will begin next month in China, with a few dozen prototypes expected to be rolled out for testing. Pending all goes as planned, Qiantu will then ramp up those numbers severely and begin its roll out the K50 in the U.S. in the second half of 2017.

“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,” said chairman Lu Qun in an interview with the South China Morning Post.

So far, a price for the K50 has yet to be set, but executives say the price of the car needs to be “a lot lower than Tesla” for it to be successful. 

Source: South China Morning Post

Gallery: 2017 Qiantu K50 Event!

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