Copycat Chinese Carmaker Reimagines 1950's BMW As EV

Electric Car

Car rip-offs don’t get much more blatant than this, but there are a few key design changes.

Chinese automakers are notorious for copying the designs of mainstream manufacturers. Consequently, seeing a car in China that shamelessly rips off an established design is nothing new. This example, however, is rather unique. What do you do when you’ve exhausted an automaker’s current line-up when looking for car designs to copy? You trace through the company’s history, of course. In this latest example, Chinese automaker Eagle has launched a new car dubbed the EG6330K sporting a design that’s heavily “inspired” by the 1950s BMW Isetta.

Unlike the original Isetta, however, the EG63330K has four doors, resulting in a highly unusual design. Eagle doesn’t even pretend to disguise its design inspiration, openly admitting on its website that the EG6330K was made to resemble the Isetta. As CarNewsChina points out, however, it more closely resembles the BMW 600, but both cars look similar. The front fascia of the Isetta’s Chinese counterpart looks virtually identical and has two circular headlights like the original model but the front doesn’t double as a door like the original model did as the nodes doesn’t open up. Unlike the original Isetta, the EG6330K is powered by a modest electric motor delivering the equivalent of 5.3 horsepower.

You Might Also Like
2019 Audi Q3 First Look Review: Audi Loves To Play Leapfrog
2019 Audi Q3 First Look Review: Audi Loves To Play Leapfrog
10 Awesome New Car Features Of 2018
10 Awesome New Car Features Of 2018

Combined with a 72 kWh lead-acid battery, the Eagle can reach a top speed of 37 mph and has a range of 75 miles. There’s room for four occupants and the car weighs just 750 kg. While the exterior is clearly heavily inspired by the Isetta, the interior has more in common with modern cars. Retro-inspired analogue dials are complemented with black plastic, air conditioning, and a radio with MP3 support. Prices should start at around $4,000 according to CarNewsChina. This isn’t the first time a Chinese company has copied a mainstream manufacturer, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP

Related Reviews

2017 BMW i3 Review
BMW i3 Hatchback
2017 BMW i3 Review
2018 BMW i3 Review
Model Overview
2018 BMW i3 Review
2018 BMW i3s Test Drive Review: Driving The Sporty EV On An Autocross
Test Drive
2018 BMW i3s Test Drive Review: Driving The Sporty EV On An Autocross