BYD will be introducing a new sports car to the Chinese auto market next year and is a supercar with the aim of accelerating to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, putting it in supercar territory. Codenamed E9 internally, the Chinese automaker has already begun development on such a vehicle and confirmed that it will continue focusing on its dual hybrid systems throughout this year.
The Qin (seen above) is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine paired to the company’s electric system and allows the sedan to go 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds. The brand is also bringing a 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain to market in an SUV model that will allow the vehicle to accelerate to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. Clearly it wants to shave off another second for its supercar, though it’s not known whether a larger powerplant will be used.
Of course BYD doesn’t have any experience building a supercar, so it’ll be interesting to say the least to see the result.
[Source: China Car Times]