BYD launches high-performance Yangwang U9 electric vehicle

By Rajesh Regmi 3 Min Read

Chinese EV giant BYD is turning heads yet again. This time, the automaker has launched its second vehicle in the high-performance YangWang lineup – the all-electric U9 supercar. The name “U9” reportedly stands for “Ultimate 9.” 

With a 2.36-second 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) sprint and a claimed 465 km (289 miles) CLTC range, the U9 boasts some impressive figures. Let’s talk about it here.

Performance and Power

The BYD YangWang U9 is a legitimate contender in the supercar arena. It rockets from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 2.36 seconds with a recorded quarter-mile time of 9.78 seconds. That’s all thanks to its four electric motors that deliver a combined output of 1,287 horsepower. And not to forget, the U9 has a recorded top speed of 309.19 km/h (192 mph).

During a recent test on the Shanghai International Circuit, the U9 clocked a lap time of 2 minutes, 17 seconds, and 65 milliseconds – a respectable result.


Curiously, BYD has opted for its lithium iron phosphate (LFP) Blade battery technology rather than the more power-dense NCM chemistry commonly found in performance EVs. 

Nonetheless, the 80 kWh battery pack provides an estimated range of 465 km (289 miles) on the CLTC cycle. When it’s time to recharge, the U9 supports 800V architecture which refuels the tank from 30%-80% charge in just 10 minutes.

Features and Capabilities

The U9 also boasts some unconventional yet headline-grabbing features. It inherits BYD’s advanced DiSus-X intelligent height adjustable suspension feature which lets it jump, do a tank turn, and somehow even drive on only three wheels. 

While these party tricks might have limited real-world applications, the U9 still packs some practical features, like an autonomous parking assistant powered by BYD’s DiPilot ADAS (advanced driver-assistance system). However, do note that the car lacks the lidar sensors typically used for such systems. 

Styling and Interior

BYD describes the U9’s exterior with the phrase “Time Gate,” but its sculpted lines and proportions are reminiscent of other modern supercars.  However, the U9’s interior is surprisingly spartan and uninspired. 

Three dated-looking LCD screens dominate the dashboard, and the steering wheel is crowded with physical buttons–it’s a stark contrast  to the minimalist, tech-forward cabins in many rival EVs

Pricing and Availability

The BYD YangWang U9, priced at 1.68 million yuan ($236,000 USD), is the second model from BYD’s high-end brand. Pre-orders are now open in China, with deliveries expected to start in mid-2024. BYD’s long-term plans for the YangWang brand include additional models like a sedan and a fastback SUV.

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