The sports car was unveiled in near-production guise three years ago at the Beijing Motor Show, and the vehicle displayed in New York is apparently the version that will be sold in the United States starting next year.
The K50 will reach U.S. shores with the help of Mullen Technologies, a company based in California. Shown here live from the event in the Big Apple, the K50 certainly turns heads thanks to its intriguing exterior design. However, it takes a lot more than striking looks for it to succeed Stateside.
The sports car from Qiantu Motor features an electric powertrain with two motors, one powering each axle. All up, they deliver 402 hp (300 kW) and incorporate an ‘overclocking mode’ that pumps them up to 429 hp or 320 kW. Details about the size of the battery pack of U.S. models remains unclear, but models sold in China come equipped with a 78 kWh battery. Something similar can be expected locally, complete with active liquid cooling and heating management.
One of the most intriguing features of the K50 which distinguishes it from most other electric vehicles being launched is a roof-mounted solar panel, which powers an in-car air circulation system to ensure the cabin remains cool in even the hottest of temperatures.