Chinese Automaker SS Dolphin Offering a Four-Door Version of their ‘Knock-Off’ C1 Corvette EV

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Chinese Automaker SS Dolphin Offering a Four-Door Version of their 'Knock-Off' C1 Corvette EV

Photo Credits: SS Dolphin


Patent images of a four-door variant of China’s C1 Corvette rip-off have just surfaced.

China’s Songsan Motors unveiled the SS Dolphin, a two-door extended version of Chevy’s 1958 Corvette, at last year’s Beijing Auto Show.

SS Dolphin Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Photo Credit: CarNewsChina.com


Now based on new patent images, the company apparently is planning a four-door model that appears to have the same wheelbase as the two-door, just with the cabin pushed forward and a small set of rear doors added behind front doors that have been shrunk. If that’s the case, can you imagine how cramped those back seats will be, though on the bright side, the SS Dolphin is almost a foot longer than a ’58 Corvette?

As for the front and rear fascias of the two models, they appear to look almost the same except for minor updates to the headlights and taillights made to the four-door. The two-door version also has chrome bumpers, while the four-door is shown with black bumpers though Carscoops feels those may just be a placeholder used for the patent images.

Chinese Automaker SS Dolphin Offering a Four-Door Version of their 'Knock-Off' C1 Corvette EV


One of the images shows the four-door from above, and splits in the roof might indicate four removable roof panels, kind of like the C3 Corvette T-tops on steroids?

As for the powertrains, it’s believed both the two- and four-door versions will feature a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine combined with an electric motor and a 16 kWh battery pack. The convertible SS Dolphin can go 62 miles solely on electric power and go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds, and the four-door version is likely going to mirror that level of performance.

Chinese Automaker SS Dolphin Offering a Four-Door Version of their 'Knock-Off' C1 Corvette EV


We’re surprised GM isn’t upset about the ’58 imitation, though last year, Kevin Kelly, Chevrolet’s senior manager of car and crossover communications, pointed out that Songsan isn’t “using any of our trademarked names or logos, and the design is not identical to the C1.”


Source:
CarScoops.com

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Tribute or Copycat? The SongSan SS Dolphin Makes Its Debut at the Beijing Motor Show
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7 COMMENTS

  1. I’m no “purest” but I don’t believe I’ve seen an uglier, more repulsive vehicle.

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