Leaked BAIC Concept Will Be China's Electric Supercar

After years and years of copy-paste jobs coming from China, we've all gotten used to the Land of Many replicating all sorts of machines. And, if you look at it as a way of allowing the Chinese masses to enjoy motoring while keeping the communist engine running, the whole shenanigan gets easier to explain.
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However, while we can get over many Chinese "replicas," things are about to get serious at the upcoming Beijing Auto Show. At least that's the conclusion that stands if the concept car we see in these leaked images is real.

Coming from BAIC (Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation), this promises to be nothing short of an electric supercar. While the powertrain details are unknown for the moment, the machine is expected to deliver a 0 to 62 mph sprint of under three seconds, as well as a top speed of over 155 mph (250 km/h), as autocar writes. As for the driving range, this is expected to hit 186 miles (300 km) on a single charge.

The vehicle is also expected to jump the driving modes bandwagon, with these various settings also set to alter the ride height.

Since BAIC is the country's largest automaker, being involved in joint ventures with Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, their designers didn't just stick to copying the BMW i8, whose color scheme we see here.

Instead, the styling of the concept seems to bring a melange of many supercar world realms. This is why the Lambo-style doors meet the McLaren-like rear end, for instance. Sure, nowadays it's difficult to check out a new car and not see an element that seems to look familiar, but there's more than a hint of resemblance to the models mentioned above here.

Nevertheless, the Chinese automaker is not just doing this to put on a show. In fact, BAIC is expected to put its electron juice-sipping vehicle into production.

As we mentioned back in December last year, we might be dealing with BAIC's Atieva sub-brand. We're talking about a start-up that collaborates with Germany's Siemens and Korean battery cell builder SK Group, as well as Italian styling specialist CECOMP. And yes, they plan a whole range of EVs, with the supercar being just the first step. Did we mention the mandatory grain of salt?
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