The title of the strangest premiere of the 2021 Guangzhou Auto Show will probably go to Great Wall Motors’ Supercar Pickup Concept. While it’s based on the King Kong Cannon production vehicle (what a name), the ultra-wide body kit and lowered suspension make it look like it came out of a video game or weird Fast and Furious movie knockoff.
Starting with the base model, the Great Wall King Kong Cannon is the Chinese brand’s latest pickup designed as a rival to popular models like the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger. Behind the emphatic name is a standard double cab design with toned fenders, a large chrome grille and LED headlights reminiscent of the Tank 500 SUV.
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To make the King Kong Cannon a bit more interesting for Chinese customers, Great Wall Motors presented a series of prototypes with different types of modifications. The most striking of them all is the Supercar Pickup, which supposedly takes the truck to another level in terms of style and performance, even if Great Wall didn’t share anything about the latter.
True to the low driver philosophy, the Supercar Pickup sits just a few inches off the ground, with wider tracks, road-focused continental tires, and lots of negative camber on the front axle, making it look track-ready. careers. The only parts that are still recognizable are the standard side doors and windows. Wide fenders with integrated gills, aerodynamic side steps, and a rear bed spoiler frame have been added to increase the King Kong’s visual appeal along with black wheels with yellow rings.
The aggressive front bumper will make you forget everything you know about approach angles, as a complex variety of jacks, splitters and fins make Audi’s latest RS 3 Sportback look like an entry-level hatchback. Even the headlights are different with inlets underneath them and chrome-finished claws for a tough look. Similarly, the rear is dominated by a sporty bumper extension, dark-colored taillights, quad tailpipes, and a diffuser.
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Unfortunately, Great Wall Motors did not release any details on what is under the Supercar Pickup’s bulging hood. And from what we know (and let’s be honest, suspect), it could be hiding one of the boring 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines from the standard model or nothing at all.
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Finally, we must also mention the rest of the concepts based on King Kong Cannon that include a more plausible rescue mission vehicle for natural disasters, and another focused on agriculture with a drone and some type of machinery in the rear bed. Mind you, the production truck has just 500 kg (1,102 pounds) of payload, which is half what you get from models like the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi L200, VW Amarok, Toyota Hilux, Isuzu D-Max, etc.