When the Porsche Taycan debuted in 2019, the purists were furious by Porsche’s decision to name the top trim level “Turbo” although the car is fully electric and does not have a turbocharger. For the most part, people have gotten over it — or at least, they should have by now — but there’s a new competitor to their anger. Chinese company Xiaomithe world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer has just unveiled its first car, equipped with electric motors called V6 and V8.
No seriously. The electric motors of the new Xiaomi SU7 have been dubbed “HyperEngines” by the brand and come in three different varieties. V6 and V6 versions will be available when the SU7 launches, while the more powerful and faster V8 engine will be offered from 2025. The company is also working on an even wilder carbon sleeve electric motor which is currently in the prototype. phase. Xiaomi also deliberately named the electric motors after internal combustion engines.
The SU7 is a four-door sedan the size of a Taycan and has a drag coefficient of just 0.195, making it even more slippery than the Lucid Air. It was designed under the direction of Tianyuan Li, who had been the lead designer of the BMW iX. The SU7 is an attractive car, with sculpted haunches, a gently sloping roofline and headlights inspired by grains of rice. Active aerodynamics include a rear spoiler and grille shutters.
The SU7 is built on a Xiaomi-developed platform that the company has dubbed “Modena,” a nod to the Italian city that gave birth to Ferrari. The base rear-wheel-drive SU7 uses a single 295-horsepower “V6” engine and 400-volt architecture; Xiaomi claims it will hit 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds and have a range of 415 miles on China’s CLTC. The all-wheel-drive SU7 Max uses an 800-volt architecture and two motors, a “V6” and a “V6”, for a total of 664 hp, a 0-62 mph time of 2.8 seconds and a range of 497 miles.
SU7s with 800 volt capacity can gain 137 miles of range in 5 minutes of charging, or 242 miles in 10 minutes. Other performance features include 4-piston Brembo brakes, boost mode, adaptive air suspension, active anti-roll technology and launch control. Xiaomi used integrated “Hypercasting” for the rear floor, which reduced the number of weld joints by 840, also making the car structure stiffer, lighter and quieter.
As you would expect from a smartphone maker, the SU7 has a lot of technology. The interior features a 16.1-inch central touchscreen that runs Xiaomi’s HyperOS operating system, which will also be adopted by all of Xiaomi’s phones and other devices, replacing the Android-based operating system that ‘he currently uses. Thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the system would take less than two seconds to boot and it can do split-screen multitasking or stream from your phone. Rear seat passengers can magnetically attach Xiaomi tablets to the front seat backs, and in-car technology can be used to control household appliances. Somewhat surprisingly, there’s actually a row of physical buttons below the touchscreen, as well as traditional steering wheel controls and paddles.
The SU7’s driver assistance suite includes a roof-mounted lidar sensor, three millimeter-wave radar sensors, 12 ultrasonic radars and 11 cameras. Initially, this will be used for hands-free highway driving and parking and automated calls, but by the end of 2024, Xiaomi says it will offer some sort of autonomous city driving in more than 100 cities.
Xiaomi first announced plans to build a production car in 2021, and the company’s CEO Lei Jun said it spent $1.4 billion on the development of the SU7 and aims to invest $10 billion further steps to become one of the world’s top five automakers over the next 15 years. 20 years. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but the SU7 will likely be aligned with the Taycan. In a tweetLei Jun said the SU7 is aimed at “people who love cutting-edge technology, have a passion for life, and have high expectations for design and experience.”
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