The Hongqi S9 looks spectacular.
There isn't really any excuse to be unaware of Chinese cars anymore. The Asian country has had its fair share of copycat cars, but lately, companies like Hongqi have been showing that China knows how to use its own imagination too. The automaker, which is the oldest in China, just revealed a futuristic new limo concept and has previously teased a joint venture with Italy that would spawn an exciting new hypercar. Now, that hypercar - called the S9 - has been revealed, and it's quite a beast. How does a V8 with hybrid assistance and 1,400 horsepower sound? Pretty awesome, we think.
Few details have been released, but we can tell you that Hongqi is claiming a 0-62 mph time of just 1.9 seconds and a blistering top speed of over 250 mph. As a plug-in hybrid, it can also run purely on electricity, which Hongqi says it will do for around 25 miles. Sure, that's not a huge range, but just look at it! Designed by Walter de Silva, the former design boss at Volkswagen Group, it's absolutely gorgeous. But whether we'll see the S9 on American roads is yet to be determined. There's a good chance we will though, as this car has been developed under the Silk-FAW joint venture that aims to focus on cars meant for global markets.
If the car does make it to our shores, it certainly won't be a common sight. Just 99 examples are expected to be produced. First deliveries are slated for some time next year, but we don't know what these customers will pay for the car. You can bet it will have a seven-figure price tag, but that could be something of a bargain if it comes in at a lower price than the $3.7 million Lamborghini Sian. After all, that car only has 819 hp. But will the well-heeled be willing to spend their truckloads of cash on a relatively unknown hypercar from China? Only time will tell.