Spy Shots: Hongqi L5 is Naked in the Factory in China

Published on July 18, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Hongqi L5 is Naked in the Factory in China

Exclusive spy shots showing the new Hongqi L5 limousine in the factory in Changchun, surrounded by a bunch of dignitaries, who seem to like the giant sedan pretty much. The L5 measures a cool 5.555 meter long, says Hongqi. We hope to find out one day whether it is really exactly that big…


The Hongqi L5 was launched for official duties during the visit of French President Hollande in late April and it  debuted in early April on the Shanghai Auto Show. The L5 is the third car in the Hongqi  L-Series, after the giant Hongqi L9 (aka CA7600L) and the slightly shorter Hongqi L7.

This particular vehicle was produced for the Chinese government, note the flagpole, and is apparently bullet proof. The windows do indeed appear to be very thick:


But who wants to shoot dignitaries wearing cheap white shirts and red badges?


Cheap white shirts are the required uniform for Chinese dignitaries, they so want to show they are close to ‘the people’. Hongqi (Red Flag) is China’s most famous car brand. It is owned by First Auto Works (FAW) which is China’s most famous car company. FAW is a state owned company and all its workers are public servants. Modesty, although unlikely from the heart, is thus a necessity!


The Hongqi L5 will be powered by a 6.0 liter V12, designated CA12GV60-01.

New news on power. Until now we always heard the output was 400hp and 550nm, but recent reports and rumors indicate the real output will be 408hp and 550nm.

That’s eight horses more for 5555/2018/1578, a wheelbase of 3435, and a curb weight is 3.15 ton. Transmission is a 6-speed automatic designated TB-68. Fuel consumption for the non-bulletproof version is 20 liters per 100 kilometer.


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  1. MB4Ever- July 18, 2013 Reply

    I saw a lot of them during the visit of some lindao from Africa
    they really huge

  2. Citi- July 24, 2013 Reply

    Please tell us what is the so-called “cheap white shirts and red badges”?Mr. Feyter, you live in Beijing now ,but it seems like the Mao’s Era 30 years ago. I work for FAW, but why I have never heard anything about my identity of “public servant”?In your essay,I can’t see anything of objective comments,but filled with sarcasm and contempt. Of course,it’s your right to appraisal anything,but as a“veteran auto media“,I really wish objective comments in your essay and wedsite and I don’t believe it’s your superiority to involve politics as an “auto expert”.

    1. Tycho de Feyter- July 24, 2013 Reply

      Dear Mr. Citi,

      welcome to the website and thank you for your comment. We all love the Hongqi L5/L7/L9 and the old CA770-series even more. We therefore feel sad that we have apparently hurt your feelings, and we sincerely apologize.

      The term ‘public servant’ refers to the fact that FAW is a state-owned company, and that in the end the state is paying the bills. What one thinks about the shirts is partly a matter of personal taste.

      We wish you, and all other FAW employees involved, the best in bringing more great Hongqi cars to the market.



  3. Rolf- July 24, 2013 Reply

    The L5 looks brilliant, the white shirts not too brilliant…

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