New V8 powered SUV from Vietnam
And it's called the President.
Founded in 2017, Hanoi based automaker VinFast has just released it's latest and greatest production-ready SUV.
Last year, the company began producing the LUX A2.0 (based on the BMW F10 5 Series), and the LUX SA2.0 (based on the BMW F15 X5), both powered by BMW's N20 turbo four-cylinder engine - however with the new model, they're replacing the small and efficient powerplant for something much more powerful, and much less economical.
Meet the President V8 - the production-ready variant of the LUX V8 previewed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Featuring a 6.2L petrol guzzling V8 rumoured to be sourced from General Motors, VinFast's latest SUV is staggeringly quick on paper.
At its heart, the engine produces a walloping 340kW (455hp) of power and 624Nm of torque which according to the marque, can take it up to a top speed of 300km/h. Since it retains its underpinnings from the X5 based LUX SA2.0, we expect that the German chassis would hold up quite well for its performance capacity.
The design of the President speaks aggression and performance, with a vented bonnet, 22-inch wheels, a diamond mesh grille, and fierce-looking quad tipped exhausts. If these indications don't suffice, expect to see gold accents dotted around the exterior of the car - a justifiable theme for a car dubbed the 'President'.
VinFast LUX SA2.0 Interior
Although the carmaker is yet to release interior photos, we expect the cabin to resemble that of the 'regular' four-cylinder variant, boasting premium materials such as a wood grained console and surround; and leather for the seats. A large tablet-styled display is to be expected along with a digital instrument panel, perhaps also borrowed from the previous BMW platform.
No pricing has been announced so far, but don't expect it to be affordable as VinFast only plans to make a limited run of the President V8 - and don't expect it to come to Australia, although there are rumours of that being a possibility, as the marque has strong ties with the Australian motor industry; employing Australian staff and running a research and development facility in Port Melbourne.