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The Chinese are famous for making cheap replicas of global products, including automobiles. A few years back, China-based LandWind hit the headlines when they launched their X7 SUV. It was a carbon-copy of the Land Rover Evoque. JLR was furious about this and are still fighting over it legally.
Likewise, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and a lot of others have fallen victims to Chinese mutation. Now, the latest entrant on the list is the Bugatti Chiron.
While the Chiron is one of the epitomes of performance, this replica is the exact opposite.
The eye-sore Chiron was made by the Chinese company, Shandong Qilu Fengde. Named the P8, this fake Bugatti is all-electric. It is powered by a 72V battery that puts out 3.35bhp.
Mopeds make more than that!
But perhaps, the most interesting figure is its top speed. This handicapped Chiron can't cross 50km/h!
Meanwhile, the actual Bugatti Chiron can hit 400km/h like a breeze.
Since this is an electric car, we have to talk about the range. The P8 can travel almost 150kms on a single charge. That is pretty decent if the owner uses it only in the city. But the battery takes 10 hours to charge.
In short, you can't use the P8 to travel more than 150kms and distances below that takes time to cover, thanks to its top speed. And if the battery is low on charge, you wouldn't have to worry about travelling that day either.
The C-Shaped side-profile, the horseshoe grille, the quad-LED headlamps and the dual-tone paint scheme does give a Chiron vibe, but in a bad way.
The Shandong Qilu Fengde P8 is short for its long name, at a length and width of 4100mm and 1800mm, respectively. The EV also sports a set of minuscule four-spoke alloys that resemble a cross saying, ‘Never go for this!'.
The rear houses two obviously-fake exhausts tips. The profile looks more like that of the Mazzanti Evantra rather than the Chiron. And no, the P8 doesn't come with a cool retractable spoiler.
Inside, the P8 gets features such as a digital instrument console, 7.0-inch touchscreen, engine kill-switch, USB-charger and some fancy styling bits.
Unlike the real Chiron, the P8 also gets a rear bench with a legroom best-suited for elves.
All this is available at a price of 37,888 Chinese Yuan or Rs 4.02 lakh. If you order 10 such examples, you will get a price-cut to 31,999 Yuan or Rs 3.40 lakh. This is the only thing better than the actual Bugatti Chiron, which starts at a price of 3 million dollars or more than Rs 20 crore.
Here are some quick facts of ‘the' Bugatti Chiron:
- Engine: 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16
- Layout: Mid-Engine
- Drive: All-Wheel-Drive
- Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
- Power: 1479bhp
- Torque: 1600Nm
- 0-100km/h: 2.4 seconds
- 0-400-0km/h: 41.96 seconds
- Top Speed: 420km/h (Limited); Actual top speed estimated to be around 436km/h
In addition to the Chiron in question, the Chinese brand has also got an Audi R8 and a Lamborghini Gallardo in their portfolio.
Thoughts On The Bugatti Veyron Chinese Replica
The biggest irony in the extra-slow Shandong Qilu Fengde P8 is the fact that it is a copy of the ultra-fast Bugatti Chiron. From the performance figures, the Chinese brand could've copied the body shell of some slow vehicle. But, on the bright side, the P8 contributes no emissions to China's atmosphere. But would Mother Earth love the P8 for that?