January 28, 2023

U.S.-Chinese challenger to Ferrari picks Italy to debut $1.8M hypercar

The vehicle was designed by Volkswagen Group’s former styling chief Walter De Silva. It is anticipated to go into creation at the beginning of 2023.

The S9 will use a newly designed 4.-liter V-8 gasoline engine capable of about 880 hp, with electric powered turbocharging. Two electrical motors maximize its power to about 1,400 hp.

The S9 is portion of a range of vehicles that Silk-FAW is creating below the Hongqi bran. The joint enterprise plans to build a entire vary of models in Italy and China.

Besides the S9, the much less highly-priced S7 array will also be created in the Italian manufacturing unit. The selection is very likely to comprise an SUV, a coupe and, later on, a convertible.

The S9 will be the only plug-in hybrid in the range. All the other designs will be complete-electrical cars and trucks.

The more compact S5 and S3 ranges will be designed in China in Changchun, in which FAW’s headquarters are found, but bought globally.

FAW has joint ventures in China with VW, Toyota and Mazda.

Its Hongqi brand (Chinese for Purple Flag) was launched by FAW in 1958 and is regarded as a image of China’s ruling Communist Bash.

Silk-FAW is investing an initial 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to establish the S9 and S7, as nicely as to create a manufacturing facility and r&d middle in Reggio Emilia.

Building work is anticipated to get started by the end of the calendar year. The complex will also contain a compact examination monitor.