The already infamous Zotye SR8 Porsche Macan clone will be launched on the Chinese car market shortly. Earlier on we heard it was going to be launched on May 20, but that day passed and went without the SR8. However, Zotye is clearly close to a launch. New photos from inside the factory reveal two identical pink examples fitted with a pink interior and black wheels.
The pinkies are likely for some promotional event. Outside the factory was a more realistic blue example, fitted with the same wheels as the pink cars.
The Porsche Macan.
Price of the SR8 will start at 88.800 yuan and end at 99.900 yuan. The fuzzy numbers are no coincidence, both 8 and 9 are considered lucky in Chinese culture. For comparison; price for the Porsche Macan. starts at a steep 558.000 yuan or 89.920 USD.
Engines: 150hp 1.5 turbo and a 190hp 2.0 turbo. The engines are sourced from the Shenyang-Mitsubishi engine-making joint venture, a company that powers basically all vehicles made by smaller Chinese automakers, including the infamous Landwind X7 Range Rover Evoque clone.
Transmissions: five-speed manual or a six-speed DCT.
Zotye SR8: 4744/1929/1647, and wheelbase is 2850.
Porsche Macan: 4681/1923/1624, and wheelbase is 2807.
Porsche has said it might sue Zotye. Zotye is not afraid. The company got away with the the SR7 (Audi Q3), Damai X5 (Tiguan), and the Zotye T600 (Audi Q5), so they expect to get away with the Macan too, and they are likely right.
Interestingly, Jaguar Land Rover has said it is suing Landwind over the X7, almost an entire year after the car was launched on the market. Seems late, and in anyway a hard case. Porsche will watch carefully.
More Macan here. The overall design, the center stack, the center tunnel, the buttons on each side of the gear lever, the clock on dash-top, the instrument panel, shape of the air vents, the parking-brake lever, and even the steering wheel are all copied from the Porsche. The main difference is the touch screen, which is actually bigger in the SR8 than in the Macan.
This is the interior of the Macan.
The infotainment system at work. Gear lever is huge. The right button range has two empty slots.
The floating part of the center tunnel is nicker from Porsche as well, and seat design is very similar too.
This is a fancy lap timer in the Porsche and a mundane clock in the Zotye.
Roof rails, rear door, roof spoiler, chrome around the windows, the shoulders; it is all just like on the Porsche. Zotye got a little bit creative with the rear lights and fitted a different bumper and pipes.
The rear with large lights, ZOTYE lettering between the lights, SR* badge on the right, and a twin-square-shaped pipe tip on each side.
A bright red example with silver shiny wheels. Headlights are too big, that’s much better on the Porsche, but Zotye didn’t clone that. Imagine they design the whole car by themselves! The horror. You would get something like… this.