IAT Kalman Debuts in Beijing as $1.9 Million SUV Based on Ford Super Duty Truck

IAT Kalman  Debuts in Beijing as $1.9 Million SUV Based on Ford Super Duty Truck 10 photos
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Would you pay Lamborghini Veneno money for an SUV built by a Chinese company you've never heard of? You might after checking out the IAT Kalman, the latest arrival at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show.
From the outside, it looks like the early stealth fighter-bomber, the F-117. Its body is made up of several triangular shapes and covered in matte black paint. While it could work as a radar reflector, it's unlikely to keep the Chinese police off your back, especially after they find out what this road tank costs.

Thankfully, the makers of the IAT Kalman have even converted what RMB12 million means. It's $1,850,000... plus options. If you have the money to buy it and show off, there must be at least a thousand sweatshop employees under your car or some sort of illegal chemical factory.

The model being shown in Beijing is only the working test prototype. However, they plan to put ten examples into limited production when the money starts rolling in. The interior gives us the first clue that it's based on an American vehicle.

More specifically, the bones are from the F-450. While the new F-150 uses aluminum, this bad boy is made from heavy-duty railway iron using coal and hammers. Under the hood of the IAT Kalman is something pretty rare, a 362 horsepower 6.8-liter Triton V10 gasoline-burning engine. Maybe we've been spoiled by the Hellcat, but that's not enough to set our pants on fire.

The interior is like a combination between a Ford truck and a stretch limo. The American model's dash has been covered in Alcantara and sprinkled with gold accents. The seats are pretty nice but come nowhere near those of Lamborghini that costs the same amount of money. We really wonder how IAT justifies paying 25 times more than a Super Duty.

Taking inspiration from Rolls-Royce, the Kalman King also features a starlight roof, wood trim, and a champagne cooler. But nothing we see here is worth losing your head over.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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