BYD, the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) company, has introduced a new luxury brand called YangWang, and its flagship SUV is the U8. This off-road ready vehicle is powered by a quad-motor system and features a ladder-frame chassis, as well as styling inspired by the Land Rover Defender and Nissan Armada.
The U8’s motors are powered by BYD’s Blade batteries, which the company claims set new safety standards for the industry. Despite its sturdy ladder frame chassis, the U8 can reportedly accelerate to 62 mph in just three seconds. The SUV also boasts advanced torque vectoring technology, which allows it to make 100 times faster turns than a typical system.
Other notable features of the U8 include a “crab mode” that enables 360-degree turns, the ability to float in water in an emergency, and the ability to maintain a speed of 75 mph even with a flat tire thanks to run-flat tires and the torque vectoring system. The U8’s exterior features flush-fitted door handles, an illuminated grill that merges into LED headlights, and flared fenders with boxed wheel arches that house 20-inch alloy wheels.