• Apr 21st 2009 at 6:01PM
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Roewe 550 RS - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Roewe, SAIC's premium brand which owns the tooling rights to the Rover 75 platform, has brought out a sporting variant of its compact sedan, dubbed the 550 RS. In keeping with Shanghai Motor Show tradition thus far, little is known about what lies beneath the hood of the RS, but with the standard 550 packing updated versions of either the 1.6- or 1.8-liter Rover K-series four-cylinders, we suspect the RS' "performance" mods are limited to the decklid wing, roof aerofoil, side skirts and the matte (or just unpainted plastic?) front clip.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Rowe Rowe Rowe your boat...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't even think this was funny the first 20 times this joke was made.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In swedish "Roewe" is the phonetic equivalent of "ass".
      If the chinese keep up these designs they'll need to think up better names.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's a nice looking compact. Period.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There's a lot of VWCC and VW Passat in that car...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks sharp. The Shanghai shows looks like it's really good and makes me wish I was there. I love Shanghai and cars so...

      I am not a fan of the vent visors on the windows but I suspect that appeals to the tens of millions of smokers in China. It seems like more people smoke in China than don't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why don't put bigger wheels, even the black wheel arch can't disguise them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      if everything was a nice red, it would sit better with me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It could also do without the black wheel arches.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I guess the only solution is to buy a black one. But I agree, those black wheel arches don't blend in too well with the rest of the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man if that kit were color matched and if the bumper wasn't a kit, but that design as a stock bumper, the car would look so much better. I can do without the Honda Element plastic archs and kit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me or is the Chinese idea of performance a little bit different than the American view of performance? Or is that one of the words in a foreign language that doesn't really translate well?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ya know how certain car companies use an alpha numeric to denote a certain model?Like E 350 or 550i?
      Well ,Rowe should, instead of using an alpha numeric, just NAME EACH CAR LIKE THIS;
      "Rowe pisses off _______________"
      The car in this article could be called the "Rowe pisses off Volkswagen" ,because they cribbed the Passat's front end and added Jaguar headlights.
      So why even go through the pretension of trying to differentiate it as an original by giving it it's own name.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those headlights are reminiscent of some of Chrysler's designs.

        But even so, while the design is a bit derivative (most designs are nowadays), it's not a blatant copy like the Geely Rolls Royce rip-off and overall is pretty decent design.

        Frankly, I find it humorous that Sektor is so defensive of all the criticism of Chinese designs, etc. considering the fact that he has no problem bashing Hyundai, Kia, etc.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Kind of like how the entire Genesis coupe is reminiscent of the G37?? Or how about the grill the ripped off any Benz and slapped on the sedan after they ripped off that star???"

        - Nice try "big J" - but you get the fail there.

        If the GenCoupe is reminiscent of the G37 (nevermind that it has a diff. front and rear fascia and more aggressive bulges and character lines, as well as the rear window "dip"), then the G37 is reminscent of the Tiburon which predated it.

        As for the Genesis sedan's grille, yeah it has some resemblance to the Mercedes grille, but Hyundai tweaked it w/ their waterfall/klingon effect which you have to admit is pretty original (Mercedes, w/ their new designs, have made their grille less flat; plus, it's not like Mercedes hasn't copied w/ the new E Class looking like the Lexus GS or placing the turn signal at the top of the headlights just like BMW).

        And speaking of the G37, Infiniti totally ripped off BMW's Hoffmeister kink (but to be fair, so has pretty much every auto manufacturer - but Infiniti/Nissan were among the first and most prevalent - the G35/37, Altima, etc.).
        • 6 Years Ago
        abcd -

        There is a difference btwn being derivative (like this Roewe design) and being a blatant copy like the Geely faux Rolls or any no. of other copies where once could practically switch fenders, etc. btwn the Chinese version and the original version that was copied.

        Like I stated before, this Roewe design is derivative and there's nothing wrong w/ that since most designs are nowadays (even Mercedes has gotten into the act) and any criticism of the Roewe design being a copy is foolhardy since the Roewe 550, overall, isn't going to be mistaken for any other auto.

        The Geely faux Rolls and a no. of other true "clones", otoh, deserve their criticism for copying.

        And btw, at least I'm CONSISTENT w/ my position - can't always say the same for you or sektor.
        • 6 Years Ago
        big J:
        "Well, I find him to be more objective than you Hyundai trolls."

        Exactly. They're bashing China but not see Hyundai and Kia copies and using by them the same "tactic". For example, Kia Sorento, if it would from China they would immediately say that it's a cheaper version of Mercedes M class like Germans justly noticed:

        Why use different standards of rating for Chinese cars than for others?

        I think Hyundai and Kia trolls see now that Chinese car makers can catch up Hyundai not in 5 years but even earlier.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Alex:

        For one thing, I really don't see any VW CC in the side profile. The taillights, perhaps... but considering the 550 and CC were developed around the same time, that wouldn't even be possible. The grille has nothing in common with that of any Sebring either.

        I think people are trying way too hard to find something it's been copied from, just because it's a Chinese car. By the same token, the new Mazda 3 is a blatant copy of Peugeot's 308:


        Give credit where it's due.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Name the Jaguar that has these headlights.
        And a FYI, this is evolved from Rover's designs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it looks sharp! the front end looks a little to close the a sebring for me but other than that its nice... well a nice look...
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