The appearance in Shanghai of the diamond-embedded supercar seen flying between buildings in the trailer for the new high-octane Hollywood action film Fast & Furious 7 set off a social media storm.
Photographs of the limited edition Lykan HyperSport, which were taken at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, were rapidly shared on social media app WeChat and the mainland’s Twitter-like microblog service.
Images of the luxury supercar, with a top speed of 385 km/h, showed its headlights, which have a row of diamonds embedded inside.
Including taxes and other costs, the Lykan HyperSport supercar, built by Lebanese carmaker W Motors could expect to attract a price of the 90 million yuan (HK$114 million) if sold in China.
Only seven of the supercars will be manufactured, and it is still uncertain where they will go on sale – or just who will be able to buy one.
The Lykan HyperSport is powered by a twin-turbo flat-six 3.7 litre engine. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds.
But those features were not the source of greatest attention – instead, it was the diamonds embedded in the car’s headlights. The headlights, with titanium LED blades, include 420 15carat diamonds for a “lavish and luxurious finish”, the carmaker’s website says.
Yet would-be buyers who take a shine to the diamonds can also choose to have other precious stones, including yellow diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds “integrated into the vehicle upon request”.
So far no one knows why the car was in Shanghai – and whether the appearance of the pictures on mainland social media is part of a marketing ploy to sell the car and promote the seventh film in the hit franchise, which will be released on the mainland on April 12. Universal Pictures, the producers of the film, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
“It could just be another case of Chinese tuhao [rich people] showing off their wealth,” one microblogger sniffed.