Most of you may remember Hongqi from its 20-foot long, V12-powered L7 sedan, but at the Shanghai Auto Show, the Chinese brand presented its take on a luxury SUV named the LS5.
Hongqi, which in Chinese, means Red Flag, is the country’s oldest car manufacturer and initially built cars only for the Chinese Communist Party’s highest-ranking members, before its current owner, the FAW Group, started catering to the needs of neo-rich civilians as well (the retro-modern L5 costs some $800,000).
Measuring 5,198mm long (2046 in.), 2,098mm (82.6 in.) wide and 1,890mm (74.4 in.) tall, the LS5 rides on a 3,060mm (120.4 in.) wheelbase that should provide more than ample space for rear passengers. The downside to these generous exterior dimensions is that the LS5 tips the scales at a grossly overweight 2,850kg or nearly 6,300 pounds.
Local media reported than the SUV is powered by a new twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivering 381-horses and 530Nm of peak torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic driving all four wheels for a claimed 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint in 8.1 seconds and a top velocity of 220km/h (137mph).