Skip to comments.Shanghaied! Rolls-Royce knockoff wows Chinese showgoers
Posted on 05/07/2005 11:10:29 PM PDT by spetznaz
Proving nothing is sacred, Hongkilongtime official supplier of cars for Communist Party officials in Chinashowed a design concept at the Shanghai motor show that most observers doubted they would ever see: a Chinese interpretation of the magisterial Rolls-Royce Phantom II.
At 20.75 feet long, six and a half feet wide, and sitting on a 12.8-foot-long wheelbase, the Red Flag HQD is even more imposing than the Roller thanks to its slabbier styling, squared-off front wings and immense (dare we say International?) grille.
The unveiling took Rolls Goodwood team by surprise: We knew nothing about it, said a Rolls-Royce official.
Chris Bangle, design chief for Rolls-Royce parent company BMW, seemed amused as he soaked-up the HQDs lines: Id just like to find out some more.
Rival designer Olivier Boulay, who runs Mercedes Tokyo design office, was more charitable: I think this is great. Honest to the Chinese and the Red Flags heritage with that big, wide grille.
Hongki is better known as Red Flag because the company traditionally supplied the official cars for Chinas ruling Communist Party. HQD is intended to show how a Chinese luxury sedan could fit into todays more capitalistic China.
Hongki says power for the Red Flag Roller will come from a 6.0-liter V12 or maybe a W12. As shown, the HQD was strictly a non-running design study, but were told the car is slated to go into production before 2008.
With wheels by Tonka.
Mind-Numbed Robot: I think post 41 and 42 should answer all your queries on the W12.
wait til they get involved in copying the unpopular sex acts!