A Chinese blogger recently shared the following video on his social media page, in which we can see dozens of abandoned Hongqi L5 limousines being destroyed in a junkyard. These cars were mostly used by Chinese politicians, and after 2014, ordinary citizens could buy them for 5-6 million yuan, at that time half of it was 150-200 million HUF.
Dozens of cars gather dust in the abandoned Hongqi L5 warehouse. But these are not series production, these are test cars, some even have camouflage film on them. After the 2012-2013 test cycle ended, the L5s were left to rot by the assembly line. Looks like they’ve been there for 10 years.
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The Hongqi brand is famous, even infamous all over China: at that time, the party staff used the old products of the factory founded in 1958, and the “red flag” (that’s what the brand name means) was a clear symbol of strength. After a while, they realized that cash is a stronger symbol, so since 2014, Hongqi has started serving private customers, but not with old models that evoke bad memories, but with the limousine that appears in the videos. Hongqi L5 is over 5.5 meters long, weighs over three tons, and has an unforgiving wheelbase of 3435mm.
Up front, a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 with an aluminum body cranks out 411 hp and 548 Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The maximum speed is 200 km / h, the average consumption is 20 l / 100 km. Air suspension and active all-wheel drive complete the picture.
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