This 1950s Corvette clone is actually a $160,000 hybrid sports car out of China — check out the ‘SS Dolphin’

The $160,000 SS Dolphin is a hybrid 1950s Corvette clone from China – Business Insider


Amazon Prime Day

Songsan Motors

  • Songsan Motors showed off its SS Dolphin at Auto China, and one could say the car goes a bit past honoring the first-generation Chevy Corvette.
  • The SS Dolphin takes its general shape and design from the 1958 Corvette, but adds in some modern elements such as plug-in hybrid technology.
  • It will cost $159,900 in North America, according to Songsan — roughly the cost of two nicely optioned 2020 Corvettes.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Car shows typically offer a glimpse toward the future, giving automakers the chance to show off forward-looking concepts and designs. But this year’s Auto China event in Beijing showcased some new vehicles that looked all too familiar.

At the show, China’s Songsan Motors displayed its SS Dolphin sports car, which it unabashedly modeled on the 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. The car sports quad headlamps, a shiny vertically slotted grille, a convertible hardtop, and an overall shape that screams Corvette.

But the SS Dolphin also has a few things the original ‘Vette did not, including a hybrid powertrain and a sticker price of nearly $160,000 in North America.

Take a closer look at the SS Dolphin below.

The car may look familiar to fans of classic cars, as it’s basically a replica of a first-generation 1958 Corvette, also known as the “C1.”

SS Dolphin
image

Songsan Motors

From afar, the SS Dolphin looks like it could be a true midcentury ‘Vette.

SS Dolphin
image

Songsan Motors

But up close, things start to look a little off.

SS Dolphin
image

Songsan Motors

The plug-in hybrid SS Dolphin gets its power from a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and an electric motor.

SS Dolphin
image

Songsan Motors

According to Songsan, the car features disc brakes all around and can hit 62 mph in 4.9 seconds.

SS Dolphin
image

Songsan Motors

The SS Dolphin’s hard top stows away in the trunk when not in use, and the car comes in eight colors.

SS Dolphin
image

Songsan Motors

According to Songsan’s website, the SS Dolphin will cost the equivalent of around $87,000 in China and $159,900 in North America.

SS Dolphin
image

Songsan Motors

Source: Songsan Motors

For that chunk of change, you could easily afford a real 1958 Corvette or a nicely appointed 2020 model. But to each their own.

SS Dolphin
image

Songsan Motors

Next Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us and our affiliates. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Recommended

Login to your account below

Fill the forms bellow to register

Retrieve your password

Please enter your username or email address to reset your password.