Thursday, 26 May 2016
Meet The Hongqi L5, China's Most Expensive Car
This big beauty is the Hongqi L5, the most expensive Chinese car. It costs five million yuan or $760,000. Hongqi, Red Flag, is oldest automaker in China. They are famous for their enormous state limousines and parade cars. The L5 pays respect to this heritage. Design is retro-modern and inspired by the majestic…
… Hongqi CA770 state limousine. The CA770 was manufactured from 1966 to 1981 and only 847 examples were built. All were sold to the Chinese government but today many are in museums and in private hands. The CA770 was powered by a Chrysler-sourced 215 hp 5.6 liter V8 engine.
The Hongqi L5 is aimed at billionaire businessmen and super stars who want to show off their being-Chinese credentials. More than any other local brand Hongqi is closely connected with China as a country, and many Hongqi owners are sincerely proud of that.
The Hongqi L5 is part of the Hongqi L-Series. The first car was the gigantic Hongqi L9 parade car which debuted in 2009. It was followed by the Hongqi L7 in 2012 and finally by the Hongqi L5 in 2013. There are three variants of the L5: one for the government, aparade car, and the civilian version.