Chinese luxury brand Hongqi is one of the surprise exhibitors at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show considering that so many other brands much more popular in Europe are missing.
Hongqi’s stand features only two exhibits but it’s safe to say they serve the purpose of raising awareness of the FAW Group-owned luxury brand among the show visitors.
The Hongqi S9 Hypercar
The first and more spectacular of the two design studies is called Hongqi S9 and is the brand’s first hypercar designed and built in house. According to FAW Group chairman Xu Liuping, the Hongqi S9 Concept packs a “V8T hybrid power system,” leading us to believe the powertrain combines a turbocharged V8 gasoline engine with one or several electric motors.
Hongqi claims the S9’s hybrid powertrain delivers a maximum power of 1,400 horsepower, allowing the hypercar to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 1.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 400 km/h (249 mph). As crazy as it sounds, Hongqi will put the S9 hypercar into production.
“S9 is not just an exhibit, it will be put into mass production and delivered to customers by 2021,” Xu said. The price for the first-ever Hongqi hypercar with carbon fiber body and butterfly doors is rumored to be a whopping €2 million ($2.2 million).
The Hongqi E115 SUV
As for the Hongqi E115, it’s an all-electric SUV said to offer a driving range of 600 kilometers (373 miles). The carmaker also says the AWD SUV can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in under 4 seconds although no details about the electric motors and battery have been released.
The concept features Level 4 self-driving tech and a front end that reminds a little of Rolls-Royce’s Cullinan. It’s probably only a coincidence that Hongqi’s current design boss Gilles Taylor used to work for the British luxury brand.