US sales will kick off next year.
We’ve known for a while now that China’s Qiantu Motors is teaming up with California-based Mullen Technologies to build and sell the sleek K50 electric sports car in the US. The two companies have confirmed it won’t go on sale until 2020, but you’ll be able to see it in the metal at the 2019 New York Auto Show in April, where the K50 will make its North American debut.
The K50 is based on a modular and flexible platform that "can accommodate battery configurations and technologies which render upgraded model development possible as a next step.” The sports car rides on an all-aluminum body frame with a body-in-white weight of just 515 pounds and 29 carbon fiber body panels that weigh 103 pounds. Power is provided by two electric motors, with one on each axle for AWD capability, delivering a combined output of 402 hp.
Front and rear double wishbone suspension calibrated by Mira provides "precise handling and ride feedback to drivers.” Stopping power is provided by a Brembo braking system with four-piston calipers on all four corners. The K50 rides on lightweight forged aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero performance tires.
Little else is known about the US-spec K50, but the Chinese model has a 78 kWh battery pack that delivers an NEDC-rated driving range of 236 miles on a single charge. 0-62 mph in the Chinese model takes less than 4.6 seconds before it hits an electronically limited top speed of 124 mph. Those are some respectable specifications, even if it won't cause Elon Musk to lose any sleep. US pricing also hasn’t been announced.
In China, however, the K50 starts at RMB754,300, which is around $112,500. That would make it surprisingly affordable compared to its competitors. Production is expected to be limited when the Qiantu K50 goes on sale in the US in 2020.