Videos: BYD Qin Plug-In Hybrid Smokes Slew of Competitors in Series of Drag Races

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 6

Many moons ago (or like 190 days ago), we wrote this of BYD’s Qin plug-in hybrid:

BYD's Latest Plug-In Hybrid Qin

BYD’s Latest Plug-In Hybrid Qin

“BYD’s follow-up to its “dual mode” F3DM plug-in hybrid is set to launch in China this June with an expected price tag of $29,000 US before incentives.”

“Its price is spectacular, as to are its specs. It’s called Qin and it’s the “next-generation dual-mode electric vehicle” flagship from BYD.”

“Dual Mode II” improves upon the system featured in the F3DM in several ways and BYD is quick to point out the benefits. BYD says Qin boasts an electric-only rang of 31 miles, features a 10-kWh lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery pack, accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 115 mph. Nearly all of these figures best the capabilities of the F3DM and BYD further says that Qin is some 3.3 seconds quicker from 0 to 62 mph than the Chevy Volt.”

“Qin relies on two 110-kW electric motors and a 1.5 liter turbo-charged direct-injected gasoline engine for motivation.”

BYD Qin Taking Down the Competition?

BYD Qin Taking Down the Competition?

“Qin is the first in a long line of future advanced vehicles scheduled to be released by BYD and its definitely price to sell in volume. At $29,000 US), before any applicable government subsidies or tax exemptions, Qin should fly off dealer lots in China. We say “should,” rather than “will,” because Chinese consumers have yet to show any real interest in purchasing plug-in vehicles, regardless of price.”

Just weeks ago, BYD held a series of drag races to confirm that what we stated of the Qin is actually true.  The Qin is quick off the line and boast ample top-end power to take down the vast majority of the competition.  At least that’s what’s shown in these two videos, though on paper the Qin w0uld definitely not beat some of the other vehicles seen here, so perhaps BYD is trying to toy with us a bit.

The video above comes with this description:

“BYD held a drag racing challenge in Beijing on Oct. 27, 2013. The BYD Qin hybrid car won 19 of the 34 races, beating many cars that are much more expensive and much less fuel efficient in the marketplace.”

And the video below is described as such:

“The BYD Qin races against the VW CC, VW GTI, VW Scirocco, MINI Cooper S, Nissan 350Z, Subaru BRZ, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Ford Focus ST, and beats them all!”

Again, according to the hard numbers, the Qin cannot beat all of these vehicles, so yeah…we’ll leave it at that.

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6 responses to "Videos: BYD Qin Plug-In Hybrid Smokes Slew of Competitors in Series of Drag Races"

  1. Jesse Gurr says:

    Man this video is chopped up more than a piece of meat. Talking about the all at once drag race. I like how at 1:28, the Focus ST and the BYD switched places and then back again. Something doesn’t add up.

  2. GeorgeS says:

    F3DM
    I thought it died three years ago.
    What a POS

  3. Tesla Fan says:

    3.3 seconds quicker than the volt but the volt is 10000000000000000000000000000000x better looking than that piece of crap

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      That is 1E31 times better looking.

      I don’t even know what that is 1×10^31… =)

    2. chaqi says:

      You all’ve no idea about BYD Qin Plug-In Hybrid.

  4. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Qin can beat the Volt in performance but will it get a 5-star crash rating under NHTSA test and IIHS testing?

    If not, all that talk are just talks….