The Zotye SR9, a Porsche Macan rip-off that’s been in the news for some time now, has been finally launched in China. Prices begin at 100.000 yuan ($15.000 or INR 10 lakhs). So the next time you think that the 440 HP Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package that was launched in India the other day at INR 1.4 Crores is expensive, you know where else to look. The Zotye SR9, formerly known as the Zotye SR8, flatters the Porsche Macan by plagiarising every inch of its bodywork.
Th visual differences between both the cars are subtle, and only involve the areas around the grille, along with the shape of the head- and tail-lamps. Size wise, the Chinese knock off is 63 mm longer, 5 mm wider and 23 mm taller than the German mid-size SUV. The Zotye’s wheelbase is also 47 mm more than the Porsche’s. Inside, the Zoyte’s cabin isn’t far off from the Porsche’s either, with a similarly designed dashboard, dials, controls and seats. Higher variants of the Zoyte SR9 get a fully digital instrument cluster, while ticking the “Sport Chrono Package” box in the options list (we’re kidding) will get you just a clock (we’re not).
The Zotye SR9 will be sold in China with only one engine option – a 190hp/250Nm strong 2.0-litre turbo-petrol mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Next year, a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine will join the lineup. Both engines are sourced from the Shenyang-Mitsubishi engine-making JV, a company that provides its engines to the infamous Landwind X7 (Range Rover Evoque clone) as well.
Source: Car News China