Hongqi L5 at speed in China

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A Hongqi L5 limousine, driven at high speed on a motorway in the great city of Chongqing, wearing temporarily license plates issued by Jilin-province, home of the Hongqi factory. This particular L5 is a brand new government sled, note flag-pole holder just behind the left-front light. Maybe the new car for the Chongqing mayor?

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The Hongqi L5 is China’s answer to Bentley and Rolls-Royce, the civilian version will debut on the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. The government-version of the Hongqi L5 was launched for official duties during the visit of French President Hollande in late April.

For looks alone it seems to be a winner. A bit retro for sure, but far more special than the German Brits. Power comes from a six-liter V12 with 408hp and 550nm, mated to a six-speed automatic. The L5 is a giant car, sized 5555/2018/1578, and wheelbase is 3435.

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  1. If the mayor here in Chongqing started getting carted around in this the locals would come down on him like a ton of bricks. Talk about a PR disaster!

  2. Would be great if they make a smaller sedan (MB E-Class sized) with the same looks for the civilian market. I believe it would sell pretty good


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