Autojosh thinks Ajah Billionaires Needs This : China’s Yangwang shows off swimming capabilities of its $150k U8 electric SUV.
U8 can remain afloat on water like flash floods for 30 minutes, while maintaining stability/control for swift evasion.
In addition, the rugged U8 can drive sideways, do 360-degree tank turn, plus ability to keep driving with a flat tyre.
Chinese automaker, Yangwang, BYD Auto’s luxury electric car brand, has finally launched the Land Rover-inspired Yangwang U8 five-seater SUV into the market and announced that delivery will start in October this year.
U8 will be available in two versions : the Off-road Master Edition as well as Premium Edition – the latter priced at $150,000 (1,098,000 yuan), making it China’s most expensive mass-produced EV.
Ahead of its unveiling, BYD’s Yangwang showed off the swimming capabilities of its waterproof U8 electric SUV when the “passively triggered emergency function” is turned on.
Video shared shows engineers taking the all-electric U8 fitted with door sills into an artificial water body. During the tests, the SUV stood afloat, rode and even turned in the water.
According to Yangwang, the U8 Premium Edition can remain afloat on water like flash floods for up to 30 minutes, while maintaining stability and control for swift evasion.
Though the U8’s floating function is nice addition, BYD notes that the feature was designed to be used only during emergency situations – like flash floods or off-road water obstacles – and shouldn’t be used for fun.
The 1,100-horsepower SUV already boast one of the best off-roading features in a car, including its ability to drive sideways like a motorized Michael Jackson, thanks to its four independently driven motors.
In addition, the rugged U8 off-roader can also do 360-degree tank turn, plus the ability to keep driving at up to 75 mph (120 km/h) with a flat tyre – a feature that is seen on the run-flat tyres.