We wouldn't bet against it happening.
With its distinctive dragonfly logo and striking design, the Qiantu K50 on show here at the Auto Shanghai immediately caught our attention as we entered the supercar hall of the China expo.Two years of intensive testing have been undertaken since the K50 was first unveiled, and having recently obtained its permit for production, the all-electric sports car is now ready to hit the streets of China. Speaking with Simon Lei, Qiantu’s Head of Product Planning, if all goes well the K50 could also launch in the US in the near future.
Finished in blue and black, the K50 convertible is on display to the public while a pair of coupes wearing red-and-black and silver-and-black body paint was hidden away behind the stage. The electric sports car comes powered by a pair of motors, one on each axle, for a combined output of 408 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. The K50 will sprint to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and has a driving range of over 300 km. Wearing a sports package, the red K50 comes with a 15.6-inch touchscreen and liquid-crystal instrument panel, while MMI functions will be applied once the car enters production later this year. 80 percent of the body frame is made of high-tensile extrusion aluminum, with carbon fiber used for the body panels.
The K50 also comes with LED headlapmps, Brembo brakes and Pirelli tires. While there’s a touch of Audi R8 Spyder about the convertible and more than a hint of McLaren, the coupe is equally appealing and gets the added bonus of a solar paneled hard top. Depending on the price tag and production quality, we have no doubt the Qiantu K50 will lure a few US customers into showrooms if it one day makes the journey over.