Hongqi means "Red Flag," and the sub-brand of Chinese automaker FAW was created in the 1950s to build cars for leaders of the nation known by its red flag. In those early days Hongqi designers took inspiration from what looks to be fifties Chevrolets; these days they've kept a little of the Chevrolet but look more the way of England. The L9 executive sedan about the length of a Rolls-Royce Phantom – on Mercedes S-Class-like wheels – and not much cheaper than the Rolls, to boot.

According to China Car Times this L9 is the civilian version of the bulletproof L9 sedan that carried then-chairman Hu Jin Tao through the capital during the 60th anniversary celebration of The People's Republic. It's a little shorter and gone are the bulletproof body and platform, but you'll still get a 6.0-liter V12 with something like 400 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. FAW hasn't released any info and listed prices vary greatly – anywhere from $800,000 to one million pounds ($1.5M US) – and it's not even clear if people can buy it or if it's merely meant to be for VIPs.

Not that it matters, because you'll probably never see one outside the gallery of high-res images above.


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      darkness
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn....thats a cold ass Hongqi
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Communists are the new capitalists.
      INCREDIBLE BOB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jonathan is either young or forgetful The front and rear styling are vulgarized versions of the LANCIA FLAMINIA http://encarsglobe.com/lancia-flaminia.html
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      I actually find it quite attractive. It pulls the neo-retro thing off very nicely. The price is absolutely absurd, but that doesn't mean it's not a cool car to look at.
      Carguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Body = 1989 Bentley Arnage (Even the wheels are copied from the Bentley) Front = Ford Fairlane Rear = Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
      Carguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Mr. Burns from the Simpsons was a character in the next Cars movie he would be this car.
      TracerBullitt
      • 1 Year Ago
      I kinda like it...
      Awhattup
      • 1 Year Ago
      Weird... but I kinda like it
      GasMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      For Chinese apparatchiks.
      xyvyx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe I'm just a southerner, but is it coincidence that when I read "Hongqi" that I pronounce it "Honkey" ? :)
        bo_blutz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xyvyx
        I live in Detroit as a honkey. What is your point?
        d.hollywood
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xyvyx
        You're not alone.That's exactly where I went. Yeah...if the car ever comes stateside-they may wanna re-brand.
      anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      So what are the specs other than the V12 engine. Does it still have the live real axle and semi elliptic leaf springs and drum brakes and recirculating ball steerring??????????????
      sinistro79
      • 1 Year Ago
      Makes me wonder how a new Chevy Bel Air would look.
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