To design its hypercar for the future, Silk-FAW went where anyone with an eye for design and a taste for the excessive goes: Italy. The result is a car that features all of the performance figures you could hope for.
Off the line, the Hongqi S9 will get you from 0-62 mph in just 1.9 seconds. From there, it will go all the way up to 400 km/h (249 mph). That’s thanks to a 1,400 hp hybrid driveline that pairs a V8T hybrid power system that pairs an engine to three electric motors.
The design, meanwhile, was led by the legendary Walter De Silva. The VP of Styling and Design at Silk-FAW has, in the past, designed such stunners as the Audi R8, the Lamborghini Egoista, and even more quotidian things like the modern Volkswagen Scirocco.
“We designed the shapes and technical surfaces skillfully until we reached the point of maximum balance between aerodynamics, proportions and beauty,” said De Silva. “No detail was left to chance in order to complete the body shape of the Hongqi S9 with an aesthetic language of essential, dynamic lines. The end result reveals a timeless, athletic styling that defines the Essence of Beauty.”
First unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2019, the Hongqi S9 has undergone some changes since its first public outing. The overall design has been thoroughly simplified and red paint has replaced the blue paint of the original.
That stands to reason, since Hongqi means red flag. The Hongqi brand is one of China’s best established and has been around since 1958. Silk-FAW, meanwhile, was developed with the specific goal of making high-performance, new energy sports vehicles.
They will also, apparently, be quite special, since only 99 of these hypercars are expected to ever leave the factory. The first batch, priced at $1.45 million, is expected to be handed over to customers in 2022.