BYD launches electric super sports car with 960 kW

BYD has unveiled its first battery-electric super sports car under its Yangwang brand. The Yangwang U9 has four motors, each with an output of 240 kW - totalling 960 kW. Prices and the Chinese market launch date are also available.

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The U9 sports car was announced directly at the launch of the Yangwang brand in January 2023 with a rendering but without any technical data. This has now changed with the presentation of the production model. According to BYD, the U9, which can reach speeds of up to 309 kph, sprints from a standstill to 100 kph in 2.36 seconds. The blade battery can be charged with up to 500 kW. A special feature according to the Chinese media is that the U9 can be charged with two charging cables at the same time, which should only take ten minutes from 30 to 80 per cent.

Incidentally, the battery in the U9 is said to have a capacity of 80 kWh, which should be sufficient for a range of 450 kilometres in the Chinese CLTC cycle. As the CLTC does not have strict requirements like the WLTP or even the American EPA standard, the ranges here are usually significantly higher. In other words, the range is likely to be lower according to the WLTP or EPA. There is no information on the installation position of the battery.

With four motors of 240 kW each, the U9 has the same drive configuration as the 5.27 metre-long Yangwang U7 saloon, but a completely different body. Although the U9 is also 4.97 metres long and 2.03 metres wide, it is only 1.29 metres high – with a wheelbase of 2.90 metres. However, the design language makes the relationship clear.

The Disus-X body control system from BYD is also interesting: the system can actively control all four suspensions independently of each other – over a suspension travel of 75 millimetres. This means that the U9 can theoretically also jump or only drive on three wheels – or be optimised for every bend on the racetrack. On the Formula 1 track in Shanghai, the U9 is said to have been several seconds faster than a BMW M5 or Porsche Panamera Turbo – although these are sedans. This system alone is said to have an output of up to 36 kW.

The Yangwang U9 costs 1.68 million yuan (equivalent to around 216,000 euros) and is due to be delivered from summer 2024. Interested parties can register for a deposit of 300,000 yuan (approx. 38,460 euros). The U9 comes with a lifetime warranty on the battery, motor and electronics, while the warranty promise for the rest of the vehicle is six years or 150,000 kilometres.


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