BYD’s new luxury sedan guns for Porsche with over 745kW

BYD’s fledgling Yangwang luxury brand has revealed its third model, a shapely sedan with over 745kW of power.

The Yangwang U7 rides on the brand’s e4 platform, but the brand hasn’t yet confirmed whether it’s pure electric or if it features a powertrain like the U8 SUV, which uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and four electric motors.

For now, the company has simply revealed some exterior images of the new sedan.

Up front, it has a similar look to the U9 supercar with exaggerated C-shaped lighting assemblies and a sharply creased bonnet.

The headlights sit at the top of the lighting assembly, and feature three distinct, cube-shaped elements, while carbon fibre can be found on the front bumper and on the side skirts.

The U7 rides on sporty multi-spoke 21-inch alloy wheels, and there’s a distinctive fender vent with chrome trim that spears the driver’s door.

A sharp crease rises from the vent and connects with the U7’s muscular haunches, while down back there’s a sporty-looking bumper with more carbon fibre.

There’s a full-width lighting assembly with distinctive LED internals, with the tail lights broken up only by a slim and seemingly illuminated Yangwang logo.

The Yangwang brand was introduced early in 2023, with the large U8 SUV and U9 supercar revealed in January.

The U9 has been approved for sale in China, packing four electric motors with a total power output of 960kW and a 100kWh lithium iron phosphate battery.

It measures 4966mm long, 2029mm wide and 1295mm tall on a 2900mm wheelbase, and weighs 2475kg.

For reference, that’s 480mm longer, 90mm wider and 80mm taller than the defunct hybrid Honda NSX on a 270mm longer wheelbase. It also weighs 695kg more.

The U8 off-roader is already on sale in China.

It measures 5319mm long, 2050mm wide and 1930mm tall on a 3050mm wheelbase. For reference, a Range Rover is 5252mm long, 2047mm wide and 1870mm tall on a 3197mm wheelbase.

This full-sized off-roader features four electric motors making a combined output of 880kW of power and 1280Nm of torque.

Despite tipping the scales at a truly hefty 3460kg, the U8 is capable of blasting from zero to 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 200km/h.

The electric power is supplemented by a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that powers a 49.05kWh Blade battery which is integrated into the vehicle’s chassis as part of BYD’s proprietary Cell-to-Chassis (CTC) technology.

It has an EV-only range of 180km, while claimed combined range with a full battery and 75-litre fuel tank is 1000km.

Sitting on the e4 platform, the U8 also features BYD’s DiSus-P Intelligent hydraulic body control system. This allows it to not only raise and lower by up to 150mm, but also perform a full 360-degree tank turn using an integrated electric motor developed in-house.

BYD’s local distributor has said it’s in discussions to bring the U8 to Australia, but it hasn’t been confirmed.

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