The new BYD Qin is Bling in China

Published on October 11, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

The new BYD Qin is Bling in China

This is the brand new BYD Qin hybrid, the most advanced automobile ever made by a local Chinese car maker, looking even more out of this world in Bling. The production version of the BYD Qin will officially debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in November and it will be launched on the China car market in early 2014.


The Qin is powered by a hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 1.5 liter turbo four cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor. BYD claims a combined output of  303hp and 440nm, making the Qin the most powerful mass-market hybrid passenger car on earth. The 1.5 turbo poops out 154hp and 240nm, the electric motor 149hp and 200nm. Gearbox is a new BYD-developed 6-speed DCT.

The Qin is a dual-mode hybrid, one mode being ‘hybrid’, the other ‘pure electric’. Specs, as claimed by BYD: in hybrid mode top speed is 185km/h and 0-100 in 5.9 seconds. In pure electric mode BYD top speed is 150km/h and max range of 50km. Combined fuel consumption is 2 liters per 100km.


Mad-LED rear lights have made it to production.

The Qin is a giant step forward compared to the old BYD F3 DM hybrid that lingered around for five years without anybody buying one. The new Qin will likely do much better, Chinese automotive media are completely hyped by 303hp, which makes the Qin not only the most powerful mass-market hybrid on earth but also the most powerful car ever made by a Chinese car maker. The hype clearly proves that Chinese car buyers don’t buy a hybrid for the environment of for the low fuel consumption, but they get very interested when a hybrid has powerrrr.


The Qin charges on 220V.


Dash is very high-techie. Blue color exceptional cool. Dials even cooler:


If this doesn’t distract the driver, nothing does.


Oh… A permanent internet connection and digital TV are standard.


Best detail; the gear selector with the character Qin, in blue. Start button in blue too. Fast hybrids are blue, not green.


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  1. Head Honcho- October 11, 2013 Reply

    So an old honda accord/ camry smash up and blinged the hell out of to be over done. I predict this car will be causing more accidents per amount of it on the road than any other car. Loose, wobbly suspension with power is a bad combo. I just needs a chromed plywood spoiler to finish off the ugliness.

  2. Joey- October 11, 2013 Reply

    The BYD Qin should be tested on the Nurburgring! This is one really cool Chinese car. Great job BYD!

    1. Head Honcho- October 12, 2013 Reply

      Ahhh. I got it. You work for BYD.

  3. Head Honcho- October 12, 2013 Reply

    You haven’t ever driven a Chinese car have you. I guarantee the suspension isn’t for performance driving. They haven’t learned to connect the wheels to the body yet.

    1. P2FX- October 12, 2013 Reply

      I’ve drove MG6 and Chery A3 they both have decent handling so I don’t know what are you talking about. Only American car makers produce wobbly suspension. Haters gonna hate.

    2. Reni- June 10, 2014 Reply

      Did you drive a chinese car? I am driving BYD L3 since two years in china. And I love it!!!. It is powerful and very responsive. When I compare it to my mothers VW Polo or other low cost cars, there is none it can compete with.
      I also follow BYDs development in those years and I am amazed. I am not sure which version I want to buy next. Lets see what is comming up when I want to change my L3 to a new car. Each new release is my temporary favourite. I am hoping that they will soon enter the European market so when I am back that I also can buy BYD

  4. Brian- October 15, 2013 Reply

    @P2FX – The MG6 is an old Rover and there’s a reason Rover failed in the UK and was bought by Roewe.

    1. Sanctum- October 29, 2013 Reply

      Chinese designed suspension and handling is usually dreadful, I’ve driven a few. That’s because it is tuned for the Chinese market where the demands are very different from typical western cars. (road conditions, driving style, etc)
      The MG6 has suspension and steering designed in the UK (and nothing to do with the old Rovers), and has a different set up depending which country it’s sold in.
      A lot of Chinese car manufacturers have used western engineers to design their steering and suspension packages in their new models.

  5. Lawrence- October 22, 2013 Reply

    BYD is challenging all makes and models to a drag race in Beijing on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 (1-4 pm) at the Miyun airport. I hope Car News China can give their readers a full report on this event.


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