Hongqi Crashes Frankfurt Party With 1,400HP S9 Hybrid Hypercar And 373-Mile E115 Electric SUV

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.

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“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.


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Photo credits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for Carscoops | Hongqi

  • RV9161

    Hyper car – McLaren/Koenigsegg
    SUV – BMW/Lincoln

    • Bill Nguyen

      Yeah, the supercar is reminiscent of the Senna. The SUV looks like the RR Cullinan though hehe.

  • Mr. EP9

    What am I looking at and how do I unsee it?

    • Dennis Scipio

      Are you referring to the Sports Car or the SUV or both?

  • kachuks

    Why aren’t we talking about that racist company name? Probably not going to be a big seller if they decide to come to the US market.

    • Tinky-Winky

      Sorry for being an ignorant foreigner but what’s racist about its name?

      • kachuks

        “Honkey” is and old school racial slur for white people in the US.

        • Porkopolis

          A slur that no longer legitimately offends anyone with common sense in America. Cue 2scoopsOfCarPoops…

        • Joe

          It’s pronounced “Hung-chee”, and Hongqi means “Red Flag”, signifying the flag of China.
          I literally would never have made the connection you did.

    • Porkopolis

      Well, those American Honkies design better cars than Chinese Hongqis. So whatever.

    • Paulbe

      The company has been around in various forms a long time now. You may be the first ever to make that association.

    • donald seymour

      Laugh out Loud. Please stop.

  • kachuks

    That S9 design doesn’t look bad compared to the current crop of hypercars.

    I find it hard to believe the Chinese hit 1.9 sec when everyone else it still in the mid to upper 2’s.

  • rockyroad

    Does it really remind you of the Cullinan? or do you just want to say that for the sake of saying it?

    • It sure does. Bluff front, really high character line along the side, Range Rover Mk1 sloping back window.

    • Joe

      It doesn’t remind of the Cullinan at all. The only shared trait might be a bluff front, and the fact it is a tall luxury SUV. In terms of styling, no other part of it correlates. I think people just want to accuse it of copying because it is Chinese.

  • Jason Panamera

    Wait, why this hyper car is BMW from the back ?

  • illogicalPotato

    Proportionally they’re decently put together… taste wise is just off the walls bad.

  • donald seymour

    I don’t understand every one’s hate. But these are some extremely beautiful vehicles and I wouldn’t mind owning both.

  • Kevin Cagle


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