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Meet the Human Horizons HiPhi Z: China’s newest Super GT

The second most expensive car to come out of China features hoards of digital tech and double-take styling.
  • The Human Horizons HiPhi Z is the latest super GT to come out of China
  • The luxury four-seater shooting brake is wildly styled, with 4,066 LEDs integrated into its exterior that can be customized
  • It also features a host of digital tech inside, including a 15-inch touchscreen mounted to a robotic arm

Published on Nov 17, 2023 at 7:04PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Feb 6, 2024 at 1:50PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Alessandro Renesis
Human Horizons HiPhi Z

The Human Horizons HiPhi is unlike anything else on the road.

While brands such as Lexus are perhaps best known for their extroverted styling, nothing quite turns heads like the HiPhi Z.

Supercar Blondie’s Tuesday Le Roux can vouch for that, as she was recently given the keys to the luxury electric car.

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The Human Horizons HiPhi Z may look like a prop from the latest Transformers movie, but it’s very much a real car that you can get behind the wheel of.

To be honest, it’s hard to think of a more out-there concept-production model since the BMW i8.

But the four-door shooting brake GT has the same kind of pedestrian-halting presence due to the sheer visual theater on show.

The HiPhi Z has 4,066 LEDs integrated into its exterior: 1,314 on the sides and 2,752 spread across its front and rear.

The EV’s matrix headlights can be programmed with bespoke video sequences, meaning you can display emojis on each corner for the world to see.

Not only that, but the car’s digital flanks also warn passers-by that the doors are about to open by displaying your own personal message.

Be nice now.

Speaking of which, the doors are actually power operated, and open – conventional front, backwards rear – to 90 degrees.

Once opened, they reveal a four-seater interior that dazzles with even more lights, lots of vegan leather surfaces, and a central screen that’s mounted on a robotic arm.

Why’s that? So you can automatically adjust its angle to suit your perspective, whether that be landscape or portrait.

Pretty handy.

But the infotainment screen isn’t just a party trick: it’s actually a good bit of tech.

The 15-inch display has sharp graphics and instant response to your touch.

It’s even run by the same system that powers the Fortnite video game.

Who’d have thought.

The cocoon-like rear compartment doesn’t take much adjusting to get comfortable.

The four-seater layout is indulgent and spacious, with power-adjustable seats controlled via touchscreen, and you get plenty of light from the huge panoramic roof panel.

One thing that’s instantly noticeable is the lack of a rear window.

To look out the back, there’s a rear-view mirror which is fed via a camera.

Now for the all-important bit – what’s under the hood.

There’s just one battery option with the Human Horizons HiPhi Z, which is a twin-motor set-up providing 672 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque.

That means it’s good for a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time of 3.8 seconds.

A charging speed of 150kW is pretty mediocre, but an official range of 655 kilometers (407 miles) isn’t to be sniffed at.

So, what does all that digital tech and statement styling cost?

The Human Horizons HiPhi Z costs from just under $100,000.

Believe it or not, but it’s actually the second most expensive car to come out of China.

As well as the HiPhi Z, there’s plenty of exciting cars coming out of the country, including a concept car that can move as if it’s alive, and a Hummer EV copycat that has its own crab walk.

Oh, and there’s even a 1,206-hp electric supercar hailing from China, that gives the Rimac Nevera a run for its money.

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