Two Hongqi L5 limousines seen on the back of a flatbed truck in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, likely in town for a mountain-test program. Chengdu is the largest city in China’s west and surrounded by high and harsh mountain ranges.
The civilian version of the Hongqi L5 will compete head-to-head with Bentley and Rolls-Royce, it will be launched on the China car market in 2014, official debut is expected for the April 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
The Hongqi L5 will be powered by a 6.0 liter V12, designated CA12GV60-01. Power is 408hp and 550nm. Transmission is a 6-speed automatic designated TB-68. Size: 5555/2018/1578, wheelbase is 3435.
Will wealthy Chinese buy this over a Ghost or Flying Spur? For the brilliant looks and famous-in-China heritage; yes definitely. But the seriously underpowered engine will let it down. Hongqi better screwl a supercharger on that V12!