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'Knight Rider' fans will love this Chinese Tesla knockoff

'Knight Rider' fans will love this Chinese Tesla knockoff

The 1980s TV series "Knight Rider" was a fantastic combination of David Hasselhoff (or "The Hoff" as he's come to be known); a futuristic talking, self-driving car named K.I.T.T. (voiced by the always-excellent William Daniels); and all the electronic music, over-the-top action and cheesy-serious moments you'd expect from an '80s show.

While The Hoff's fame moved to "Baywatch" and, eventually, German pop music, K.I.T.T. mostly stayed in our minds through nostalgia, reruns and occasional one-off products like a Knight Rider-themed GPS unit. However, one Chinese car maker is working to bring K.I.T.T. back in a big way.

It seems 28-year-old Huan Xiuyuan is a big fan of "Knight Rider" because he named his company Youxia ("Youxia" being what "Knight Rider" was called in China). And its first car, the Youxia Ranger X, has several K.I.T.T.-inspired touches.

At its heart, the Ranger X is actually a knockoff of the Tesla Model S electric car, but with a slightly more striking body design.

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However, the front grille has an LCD display that defaults to K.I.T.T.'s trademark red sensor that flashes right and left. It can also display other images, like a custom car badge.

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Inside, the Ranger X has a lot of LCD screens, like a Tesla, but they're powered by a custom version of Android named - you guessed it - "KITT OS." The company's website does a lot to play up the interaction, letting you know that you can use voice commands to make things happen, or that the car will remind you out loud if you forgot to turn on the headlights. No word on whether or not you get William Daniels' voice.

The site does say, sadly, that the car can't drive itself. However, it does offer automated lane changing and other driver aids.

Other than those touches, the specs sound like the base Tesla Model S. Of course, build quality and the actual performance are unknown, but it also probably won't be coming to the U.S.

Still, I hope Elon Musk takes notice, because I know plenty of people who would go for a "K.I.T.T." upgrade to their Tesla. Maybe Tesla could bundle it into its new "Ludicrous speed" mode.

Was K.I.T.T. your favorite car from the '80s, or would you have something else? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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Source: Jalopnik
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