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 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?
"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.