Hongqi, a car brand under China’s leading automaker FAW Group, debuted its new S9 sports car at the opening of Auto Shanghai 2021 on Monday.
The automaker said the first batch of 99 limited edition of the sports cars will be delivered to costumers in 2022.
The car has a V8T hybrid power system, allowing a maximum power of 1,400 horsepower and a top speed of over 400 km per hour. It can speed up from zero to 100 km per hour in less than two seconds.
Hongqi, meaning “red flag,” is China’s iconic sedan brand.
Established in 1958, the brand has observed its vehicles used in parades for national celebrations. Its producer FAW Group, founded in 1953 in the northeastern city of Changchun, Jilin Province, is regarded as the cradle of the country’s auto industry.
“As a leading automotive brand founded in China, we have the responsibility to drive collaboration and lead a new era of innovation for the China automotive industry. With the launch of the first model Hongqi S9, we are confident of the Hongqi success as a truly global brand, built for a discerning international audience,” said Chairman Xu Liuping of FAW Group.
In January 2018, during a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, FAW announced its new Hongqi brand strategy to build the new Hongqi into a new high-end brand that will also be the country’s first global brand.
In 2020, Hongqi sold over 200,000 vehicles.