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New BYD electric sports car will accelerate faster than a Bugatti Chiron

It costs a fraction of what a Bugatti Chiron does, too.
  • Chinese automaker, BYD, unveiled its first sports car in China this week
  • The Yangwang U9 has a power output to rival some of the world’s fastest ICE supercars
  • With a ludicrous power output of 960 kW (1,287 hp) and 1,632 Nm (1,204 lb-ft) of torque, it’s good for 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 2.36 seconds

Published on Feb 28, 2024 at 3:20PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Mar 4, 2024 at 3:33PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Just this past week, Chinese automaker, BYD launched its first electric sports car.

And if it’s power output is anything to go by, it’s sure to leave supercar owners scratching their heads as it pulls away.

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Prior to its unveiling, we were teased with clips on social media of the Yangwang U9’s party trick – its ability to jump and dance.

While that’s cool, what really makes this thing so impressive its ludicrous 960kW (1,287 horsepower) power output and 1,632 Nm (1,204 lb-ft) of torque.

All that power comes from the car’s four electric motors, one powering each wheel.

According to the Chinese automaker, the Yangwang U9 can rocket from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 2.36 seconds.

To put that into perspective, that would make the U9 faster than a Ferrari SF90 Stradale, Lamborghini Revuelto, and Bugatti Chiron Super Sport to name a few.

What’s more, it can apparently reach 400m from a standstill in 9.78 seconds, while going on to reach a top speed of 309 km/h (192 km/h).

That power’s drawn from BYD’s Blade battery, which can be recharged with up to 500kW of DC.

Although the U9’s been officially unveiled, battery capacity and range have yet to be confirmed.

What we do know, though, is that the it features the BYD DiSus-X Intelligent Body Control System.

This enables the electric sports car to be raised up and down by 75mm or dance on the spot as previously demonstrated.

What’s more, it also comes equipped with 12 sets of active and passive aerodynamic elements to generate more downforce or reduce its drag coefficient.

As for what’s on the inside – the interior’s equipped with a fully digital 10.25-inch driver’s gauge cluster and a 12.3-inch portrait infotainment screen in the middle, as well as 14-way adjustable seats.

Now for the all-important bit: the price tag.

The Yangwang U9 comes in at around $236,000, which is good value for money considering the electric sports car rivals some of the world’s quickest ICE supercars.

At the time of writing, the U9 will only be sold in China, with the first customer deliveries expected to start midway through 2024.

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