VinFast President is a high-powered V8 SUV from Vietnam

By JAY WONG | 7 August 2020

HANOI: VinFast, Vietnam's pioneer car company, has announced the arrival of a high-powered mid-sized sports utility vehicle (SUV) with a 6.2-litre V8 engine.

The SUV, dubbed President, was first seen as the Lux V8 during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

Although there's no mention where the engine is from, reports speculate that it could have come from General Motors (GM) considering their close ties.

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Having said that, the engine could actually be GM's aluminium small-block 6.2-litre (6,162cc) Gen V LT1 V8 producing 460hp at 6,000rpm and 630Nm of torque at 4,600rpm.

All that is usually managed by a six-speed automatic which allows it to reach a top speed of around 300kph.

The engine first made its debut in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and is a major step-up from the Lux SA SUV's initial offering of a 230hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.

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However, regardless of which powerplant gets to reside under the hood, the platform will be able to cope considering it's from the "The Boss" and yes, by that we mean the BMW X5.

There's also speculation that the same 6.2-litre V8 could also find its way into the Lux A sedan which uses the BMW 5 Series' platform but that's all hearsay for the time being.

From its looks, the President rather sporty accoutrements that include a centre hood vent, mesh grille, 22-inch wheels and dual twin-exhaust tips while the interior has been promised to have a combination of suede and carbon-fibre trims.

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