Chinese automaker BYD has recently submitted an application for the sales license of its upcoming electric sports car, the YangWang U9, marking its foray into the high-performance electric vehicle (EV) segment. The filing with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) reveals impressive specifications, indicating that the U9 is poised to make a significant impact in the electric automotive landscape.
Launched under BYD's YangWang brand earlier this year, the U9 follows the introduction of the YangWang U8, an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) SUV that garnered attention for its innovative features. The YangWang U9, a two-door electric supercar, has generated curiosity since its appearances at domestic Auto Shows, and the recent filing sheds light on its formidable capabilities.
With a formidable power output of 960 kW (1,305 hp), the U9 positions itself as a powerful contender in the electric sports car segment. The car's dimensions, measuring 4,966 mm/2,029 mm/1,295 mm, place it in a league akin to prestigious models like the BMW i5. Notably, the U9 accommodates a substantial 100 kWh battery pack and four electric motors, necessitating a sizeable design.
While featuring optional aerodynamic elements like a fixed carbon fiber rear spoiler, the U9's design emphasizes performance over practicality. Sporting impressive track angles and wider front track dimensions (1,719 mm) for enhanced grip, the U9 rolls on 275/35 R21 (front) & 325/30 R21 (rear) wheels.
Despite its substantial curb weight of 2,475 kg, the U9 compensates with its exceptional power output, attributed to the four electric motors each delivering 240 kW. Built on BYD's e4 platform, the U9 claims an impressive 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 2 seconds, with a top speed capped at 300 km/h.
Powering the U9 is a 100 kWh LFP battery pack from FinDreams, a BYD subsidiary. Initial reports touted a 700 km CLTC range, though practical usage may vary when the U9 is pushed to its limits on the track.
Beyond raw power, the U9 showcases cutting-edge technology, featuring the DiSus-X suspension and stabilization system, allowing for dynamic maneuvers like driving on three wheels and jumping. Patent images of the interior reveal a futuristic steering yoke, contributing to the car's sporty appeal.
Despite a hefty price tag exceeding 1 million yuan (approximately €130,000), the U9 is positioned as a statement vehicle for both BYD and potential owners. With the MIIT filing in place, BYD is gearing up to officially unveil its fastest and most powerful EV soon.
The YangWang U9 sets a new benchmark for electric sports cars, challenging competitors like the HiPhi A, Zeekr 001 FR, and GAC Aion Hyper SSR. As BYD enters the high-performance EV market, the global automotive community awaits the official release of the U9 and its potential impact beyond the domestic market.