Blog: And now, the Chinese Rolls-Royce phantom clone
Graeme Roberts | 18 September 2015
Never mind your Chinese BMW and Land Rover knock-offs. How about this copy of a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom?
According to Car News China, the Soar Automobile Phantom is so long it is classified as a commercial vehicle in some provinces, just like the Maybach 62. It therefore has yellow license plates instead of blue ones, and it even has the obligatory government-issued light blue stamp on the front fenders, displaying the maximum number of passengers that are allowed in, just like on vans and mini buses. The Soar, according to the stamp, can seat 10.
The vehicle is 'inspired' by the 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom. It is based on a Great Wall SUV platform and powered by a China-made Mitsubishi 2.4 four-cylinder petrol with 135hp and 200nm. Not very fast, but very big: 6900/1920/1750, wheelbase is 4800 and weight is 2090kg. Those who want something more sporty can go for the SWB version.
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