Car of the week

The Observer Magazine - - Wheels -

Kalash­nikov Kl hik CV -1 CV 1 elec­tric car Range 218 miles 0-62mph 6 sec­onds Pro­duc­tion date and price un­con­firmed

For al­most 70 years, Kalash­nikov has been associated with only one thing: its fear­some AK-47 as­sault ri­fle. But that might be about to change. Last month, at a trade fair out­side Moscow, the arms man­u­fac­turer un­veiled the CV-1: an ‘elec­tric su­per car’ with which it in­tends to com­pete with Elon Musk’s Tesla – or even Nis­san’s world-beat­ing Leaf.

The car is based on an old model, the IZH 2126 Kombi, which was mass pro­duced in the Soviet Union in the 70s. The gun­maker may have been try­ing to ref­er­ence that era’s retro chic, but to west­ern eyes the CV-1 just looks like an end-of-term project made by cash-strapped 6th form engi­neer­ing stu­dents.

The ‘su­per car’ is fit­ted with a 90kW bat­tery which, we are told, will give the CV-1 a range of more than 200 miles. Ac­cord­ing to Kalash­nikov, the car also fea­tures ‘com­plex sys­tems’ and ‘rev­o­lu­tion­ary tech­nol­ogy’ which will help it com­pete c at the high­est level – though thoug what th­ese are is any­one’s any­one guess.

The arms man­u­fac­turer has been be di­ver­si­fy­ing in re­cent re­cen years. It’s launched a cloth­ing clo line and started mak­ing ma drones. If th­ese don’t take ta your fancy, you might like lik its 13ft gold robot which was w also at the trade show.

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