The badminton legend is touted as the first in Malaysia to own the BMW IX 40 Sport, an SUV electric vehicle.
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Datuk Lee Chong Wei is not only famous for his smash sharpness while playing badminton, but off the court, he is also a sports car fan.
Recently, social media is abuzz with news that the badminton legend has gotten himself a spanking new vehicle.
According to China Press, Lee is the proud new owner of a BMW iX xDrive40 Sport.
The report suggested that the retired sportsman could be the first to own a BMW iX xDrive40 in Malaysia.
According to Gary Yeo, BMW’s senior certified sales consultant, the BMW IX 40 Sport is powered by a lithium battery with 320 horsepower and a full battery life of about 420 kilometres.
According to the manufacturer’s data, it only takes 6.1 seconds to go from a standstill to 100 kilometres per hour, and the top speed can reach 200 kilometres per hour.
Today sees the official launch for the new fully electric BMW iX, and we’re delighted to have this stunning iX xDrive40 Sport on display.— Bavarian Belfast (@Bavarian_BMW) November 13, 2021
Finished in Sophisto Grey metallic with Interior Design Atelier in Black, the 40 model produces over 326bhp with a range of 246-258 miles pic.twitter.com/dgXThW24qg
Fast And Furious
In 2014, Lee stole the limelight when he bid RM97,777 for the number plate BMW6 in 2014.
Before that, in 2012, he bid RM69,100 on car number plate BLG1 for his Ferrari F430.
Among the luxury cars he owns are the Skyline R35 GTR, BMW X6 Coupe, Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Aviator, Audi R8 and Bentley Continental GT1.
Money Lessons From A Professional Athlete
Apparently, his wealth did not come from playing badminton alone.
Lee holds housing developer Chong Wei Binajaya, and has a sports complex named Sports Arena Sentosa located at Taman Seri Sentosa, Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur.
“Chong Wei Binajaya Sdn Bhd” wow 😕 Boleh tahan dia punya millionaire. pic.twitter.com/gqVBrV5IHH— Norreen Iman (@norreen143) May 16, 2015
According to various reports, Lee has a net worth of $16 million. Likewise, he has collected US$1.85 million in prize money throughout his career.
Lee is an ambassador for many companies including Yonex, Samsung, KDU Educations Group, XOX, coffee manufacturing companies, massage chairs, resorts and more.
He also enjoys a warm and cordial relationship with the nation’s leaders, past and present.
Malam tadi keluarga saya berhari raya bersama Datuk Lee Chong Wei dan keluarga beliau.— Ismail Sabri (@IsmailSabri60) May 4, 2022
Memang setiap tahun Chong Wei akan membawa isteri beliau Mei Choo & anak-anak beraya di rumah.
Chong Wei amat rapat dengan saya semenjak saya Menteri Belia dan Sukan, sehinggalah sekarang. pic.twitter.com/3YmYC6NMI1