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There are some interesting cars built by Chinese car companies at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show. The one that has gotten the most coverage is the Geely GE, which caught major flack from Rolls Royce complaining that the company pretty much knocked off their body design. A car that isn’t getting a lot of coverage so far but should is the CH Auto Aculeus.
Scott Evans, writing for both Automobile and Motor Trend, has written some information about the sexy two-door. CH Auto does work for big Chinese car companies like Geely and Chery, so this concept could make it to production though probably not for the United States market.
The car is powered by a BMW X5 sourced 4.8L V-8 producing 367 hp and 361 ft lbs of torque. The car will do 0-60 in 5.2 seconds and top out at 168 miles an hour which is record-breaking numbers but very competent. Evans does not know if the car’s transmission is a manual or automatic, but does come with at least six-speeds.
Styling is the surprising bit. While most Chinese designed cars could be called knock-offs, this car seems to have been done à la cart style. The front end looks like a combination of a Ferrari 599, a BMW Z4 and an Aston Martin. The side profile looks like a similar combination as well, but with a little 370Z/G37 thrown in. The rear actually looks most like a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The combination of a long-hood, short-deck brings it all together. Size is described to be between a Maserati GranTurismo and a BMW Z4. The scorpion badge (“aculeus” is the stinger bit on a scorpion) is a bit gaudy, and might ruffle a few feathers at Fiat; tuner Abarth uses the a Scorpion in it’s badges.
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