The sleek car, known only by its secret code name N701, is President Xi’s trusted companion on his international trips. Biden’s praise for this Chinese-made vehicle amid complex diplomatic negotiations adds a unique and personal touch to the otherwise complex and often tense interactions between the US and China, which has been appreciated by the US media.
Xi Jinping’s mention that his car is made in China is not just a casual part of the conversation. It is a moment of national pride, a sign of China’s manufacturing capabilities and a symbol of China’s growing presence in the global automotive industry. A car with a “red flag” is not just a luxury vehicle, but a statement.
While Biden travels in a custom-built Cadillac limousine dubbed “The Beast,” China’s president travels in a slightly more discreet but equally flashy vehicle. It appears that two examples were sent for his visit to America, but Hongqi reportedly built about 50 examples over the next decade, all for official government duties.
The Hongqi used by President Xi Jinping is not a production model, although it has some similarities with the Chinese company’s H9 large sedan. According to media reports, N701 is about 5.5 meters long and is based on L5. It won’t be a surprise that many details about it are kept top secret, but it’s believed to run on 21-inch bulletproof wheels and tires, have bulletproof glass, and some serious armor on its exterior. Is offered.
According to the Daily Mail, Xi’s government car will be able to withstand the impact of small bombs and will have an air compression system that will protect them from chemical attacks. The car is believed to be powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine with an output of 408 horsepower. However, this appears to be unconfirmed as Hongqi also makes a V8 engine that may be used.