BYD (or Build Your Dreams) may not be that well known outside of China, but keep that name in your mind as it will soon be commonplace. The company made international headlines this week with the introduction of the Yangwang U9.

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The BYD Yangwang U9 is powered by electric motors, like so many other new age supercars. BYD is better known for making affordable EVs. The company markets its luxury models under the Yangwang and Fang Cheng Bao brands. 

It has one per wheel for a total of four. BYD says this layout allows for torque vectoring per wheel, which should make the U9 pretty handy in the handling stakes.

System outputs are rated at 960 kW and 1 680 N.m of torque. The Yangwang U9 can blast from 0-100 km/h in 2,36 seconds. A standing quarter mile takes 9,78 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 309 km/h.

Adaptive Suspension

One of the car’s party tricks comes courtesy of its DiSus-X Intelligent Body Control System. This adaptive set-up allows maximum adjustable suspension travel of up to 75 mm. Watch the system in action at this link

The interior treatment looks quite simple. The press material states that the U9 has multi-way adjustable seats as well as a high-end audio system.

BYD has already started to sells cars in the SA market. Click here to check out the all-electric Atto 3 SUV. However, there is no word if the U9 will come to our shores. The list price in its home market is about R4,5m, so it’s likely to be quite expensive should it ever be imported here.