BYD’s Denza Z9 GT flagship wagon leaks in China with 952 hp, coming to Europe next year

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BYD revealed the existence of its upcoming Denza Z9 GT flagship in early April and shared the first pictures of the electric station wagon driving in Stuttgart, Germany, covered in typical Denza camouflage, together with videos from winter testing.

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On April 15, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) reported that BYD applied for market homologation of the Denza Z9 GT, revealing the EV’s specifications and pictures of the production version. No car without MIIT approval can be sold in China, and the ministry publishes the list monthly. Automakers are not happy about this, as it reveals pictures, specs, and other secrets of cars they haven’t yet launched. But we don’t mind.

Denza Z9 GT is a large 5-seater, nearly 5.2 meters long. Its exact dimensions are 5180/1990/1500 mm, and its wheelbase is 3125 mm. It comes with a panoramic canopy and an electric rear wing.

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The EV is powered by three electric motors with a combined output of 710 kW (952 hp). One e-motor in front has a power of 230 kW, and two e-motors in the rear have a power of 240 kW each. Denza Z9 GT is a heavy car with a curb weight of 2,875 kg. The top speed is capped at 240 km/h.

BYD’s LFP Blade battery will power Z9 GT, but the capacity hasn’t been revealed yet. The EV will feature lidar and carbon fiber decorative exterior parts.

Denza is a former 50:50 joint venture between BYD and Mercedes-Benz, which Mercedes left in December 2021, diluting its stake to 10%. Since then, Denza has launched three new EVs: the D9 minivan and N7 and N8 crossovers. Z9 GT will be its fourth EV.

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Editor’s comment

The EV will be launched by the end of the year and will come to Europe in 2025. Despite Mercedes still holding 10% in the Denza, there is no information about its participation in the Denza Z9 GT. In some older models, Denza cars featured the “Styled by Mercedes” badge, and Mercedes reportedly did some work on the interior design. Still, Mercedes didn’t announce any of this on recent Denza models.

BYD announced that Z9 GT will go global. It will compete with the Porsche Panamera or Geely’s Zeekr 001.

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