• Sep 28th 2007 at 4:31PM
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click above image for more views of the Brilliance BC3

You probably don't remember this car, but we do. It's the Brilliance BC3, shown to the public for the first time in Geneva last March and now officially on sale in China. The BC3 is somewhat special because it is the first sports car developed entirely in-house by the Chinese automaker, which also plans to export the car to Europe, and maybe even the U.S. There's a lot of crash testing that needs to be done before that happens, but Brilliance has lately picked up its game when it comes to safety.

Pricing will start at just below $15,000 and go up to $21,400. It's powered by a 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 170 HP and can be mated with a five-speed standard tranny or four-speed auto. 0-60 MPH comes in a leisurely 9.7 seconds, but we suppose that may be considered fast for those accustomed to the congested streets of Beijing. The styling is actually not that bad and reminds us a bit of the Hyundai Tiburon, like if someone mashed the second- and third-generation Tibs together.

[Source: Inside Line]

Gallery: Brilliance BC3



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I cant wait till the chinese come to the US and invade us with its cars lol

      good times ahead...

      Im just dying to see what the rest of the manuf. will do to keep up with the knock offs lol.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      NHSTA/China Deal....... this has been out for a few days...should also help Chinese automakers, maybe get here sooner, than later.

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20749191/

      It does sound slow.... but the Lancer CVT takes Over 10 seconds, and it is touted as a sporty car,LOL.. only model that does better it their 20-21K version with the CVT/Magnesium Paddled shifter deal.
      If you get the plain old CVT, it's no more fun than a Corolla(maybe worse).

      If nothing else, you can buy a Chevy Equinox with the Shanghai/V6(their Chinese partner/GM)....been out what, 3 years?
      Maybe a Chery-built Chrysler, soon, or the Verve... a Ford rework of Mazda2, that is gonna be built for global markets...maybe by next year( think autoblog reported on it... been on other sites, think thehollywoodextra...etc..).
        • 7 Years Ago
        9.7 seconds to 60 is terrible for a "sporty" car. A corolla with a 5 spd manual will do it in about 9 or late 8s and with its primitive 4 spd auto about 9.5. And its not particularly light either (2600 lbs). It is the about the same price and with a smaller engine, and I guarantee you the corolla will be safer, more reliable and more fuel efficient. And the current corolla is an awful car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the 170hp is only peak it could make >100 for 80 to 90% of the RPM band resulting in the low numbers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't let your kid be lickin' on that yeller paint.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My very entrepreneurial phat Chinese gf happens to own an auto import/export business, mostly shipping USDM EuroLux rides to Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai...

      I'll go ask her to bring over a BC3...as a "beater". ;)




      • 7 Years Ago
      You Americans all talk about chinese crap cars look what you drive,its the same shit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      am i the only one that thinks it looks like a porsche?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks like the birth child of a Hyundai Tiburon and BMW 3-series coupe. Not bad actually. Definitely some muted flame-surfacing styling there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Interesting... IMO one of the best looking designs to come out of China (minus the yellow / Red & Black color scheme which just doesn't work for me). Also one of the first cars from China that doesn't seem to contain many styling elements "borrowed" from other makes. I certainly see a little bit of the G35 Coupe, 350Z, Tiburon, etc but nothing excessive.

      If they can engineer it to not disintegrate on impact and with reasonable reliability, a design like this priced at $15k could do extremely well on the world market. It's only a matter of time...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The bodywork seems pretty nice 'n decent for a China made..

      Looks orig, I see no design hack job here...(except for the wheels, a dead giveaway for a BBS RS/RX mimickry).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Somebody shoot me, because that reminds me of a CL coupe stripped of everything that made it a mercedes. But it still looks like a CL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks very nice actually. It is certainly not a knock off of any kind...You know, cars nowadays are all somewhat alike.
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