With the Shanghai motor show fast approaching, we’re sure that there’s going to be plenty of copycat car designs to simultaneously inspire and enrage automakers from all over.
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The Qiantku K50 looks like the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron had a drunken tryst and gave birth to a sickly premature baby car. Although the exterior might not look much different, it’s what is under the hood that counts. Whereas the Veyron can reach speeds of over 422 km/h, the K50 wheezes along at a top speed of 199 km/h.
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An oversized hexagonal front grill shamelessly rips off Audi’s trademark frontal design, but it doesn’t end there. From the headlights to the rims, this is just 4 rings short of being the real thing (except when it comes to performance, of course).
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The Jaguar F-Pace has been cloned by the Borgward BX7, which, aside from sounding like some sort of Harry Potter character, has somehow managed to rip off every aesthetic feature of its superior Western counterpart. From a distance, you’d never know the difference.
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It’s quite rare that a Chinese knockoff manages to clone the interior of a car, but it seems as though they’ve gotten much bolder this time around. Climbing into the Zotye T700, you’d swear that you were inside of an authentic Porsche Macan. Of course, until you touched anything and immediately felt the material difference. But what a pleasant 2 seconds it will be!
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In the world of knockoffs, not even electric cars are safe. This “Smart Car” rip-off is actually anything but an intelligent ride. Whereas the Smart Fortwo has a decent street performance, the tiny electric motor of the Zotye E200 piddles out at a laughable top speed of 80 km/h.
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Debuting at the 2015 Shanghai auto show was this ritzy Volkswagen Passat rip-off. You’ve got to love the cloned grill with a slightly modified Volkswagen logo. This would be called “Dongfeng Number 2” if the makers were being honest since the real number one will obviously always be the Passat.
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Online reports claim that this knockoff actually handles almost as well as the Jeep Wrangler design it was based on. If you were climbing up a mountain, however, you’d definitely want the real thing.
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BYD stands for “Build Your Dreams”, but they must have been dreaming of a Mercedez-Benz CLK with this design. There’s really something extra low about undercutting a car that just turned 10 years old and is just now starting to become a classic.
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This rip-off model is also ten years old, but it deserves a high-up spot on the list for boldly copycatting the near-perfect design of the BMW X5. This actually went to court, but BMW somehow lost.
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This knockoff model is currently being contested in court for its overwhelming similarity to the Range Rover Evoque. The Landwind X7 model costs about £26 thousand less than even the cheapest Evoque model available. Who will emerge victoriously? Hint: based on past lawsuits, probably China.
If you’re a car collector, we want to know which one of these designs really gets your blueprints in a bunch. Also, do you think the Landwind X7 will prevail in court? Let us know in the comments!