A team of customizers from Autoshade has turned a Honda CR-V into a Karlmann King-lookalike, to capture some of the essences of the world's most expensive SUV
Debuted at Dubai International Motor Show 2017, Karlmann King made to the headlines of every established automobile press for its exotic and monstrous design. On sale at a price of 2 billion dollars, the bulletproof SUV is also known as the most expensive SUV in the world. Even though being considered as overpriced, it is undeniable that the Karmann King is stunning in terms of design. Therefore, it is understandable that car customizers would want to replicate the design but obviously, at a much more affordable price. In India, we have a Karmann King-inspired Honda CR-V modified by AutoShade.
Karmann King is known as the world’s most expensive SUV
The original car, Karmann King is built on the Ford F550 platform. The non-bulletproof version weighs over 4,500 kilograms while the bulletproof version’s weight could cross 6,000 kilograms. The 6.8-litre V10 engine of the Ford F550 which provides 400 bhp takes the powering duty on this massive SUV. The power range is considered underwhelming for such a colossal vehicle. Karlmann King could only reach the maximum speed of 140 kmpl.
On the other hand, the Honda CR-V is a more budget-friendly SUV. In India, Honda CR-V is priced from 28.27 lakh to 32.77 lakh. Autoshades, a Delhi-based car modification garage, has successfully emulated Karlmann King’s design on the Honda CR-V. The Honda CR-V used for this project is of the older model.
The modified Honda CR-V gets the unusually-shaped exterior
To look like a Karlmann King, it is essential to replicate the heavily-sculptured design, which is the signature features of the car. Unlike the conventional cars which are made of even-surfaced body panels, the Karlmann King’s structure is trickier and looks like a low poly design. The customizer has managed to reflect this unusual design on the Honda CR-V. Apart from different bodywork, this Honda CR-V also receives new aftermarket alloy wheels. On the rear, the tailgate is reformed to resemble the rear of the Karlmann King.
The modified version could have been better with a matte exterior coat. The shiny exterior paint reflects the lights into different directions from uneven surfaces, which looks honestly unattractive. However, we could not complain as this car just costs a fraction of the Karlmann King.
The interior of this modified CR-V is not revealed, thus it is unknown whether the car receives any updates on the inside. However, the real Karlmann King boasts a one-of-a-kind and extravagant interior. The lounge-inspired cabin features a refrigerator, coffee machine, electric adjustable table and even a private safe box. It also provides the best entertainment channels, including the 4K HD television with satellite connection for the rear compartment, a Hi-Fi sound system, PlayStation 4. So hopefully, the car customizer could do justice for this dupe version of Karlmann King.
Under the hood, the powertrain of the Honda CR-V is kept intact. In the previous generation, the CR-V was powered exclusively by a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine which could develop the maximum power of 154 bhp and 189 Nm. This engine is paired with a CVT unit. On the recent version, the range of the Honda CR-V welcomed a diesel engine for the first time.
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