Welcome to 2021, where – aside from a pretty-much unprecedented health pandemic that’s still ravaging the entire globe – SUVs have 265 hp and real, genuine carbon fibre parts. This is the Lynk & Co 05+, and I guess this is the world we live in now.
As the name suggests, the 05+ is a souped-up version of the Lynk & Co 05 SUV that was unveiled in China back in 2019. Aside from the green paint job, which genuinely looks incredible, the 05+ also gets a set of larger blacked-out wheels, accentuated by the large brake callipers behind in neon green.
But of course, the highlight here is the completely bespoke body kit on the outside, which includes a redesigned front bumper with unique front splitter, new side skirts with an aero flic near the rear fender, new rear bumper with an aggressive diffuser element, plus a new fixed rear wing.
According to Car News China, all of these parts have been made from real, actual carbon fibre! On an SUV! Sorry, we’re still in a state of disbelief.
Lynk & Co has yet to release images of the car’s interior, but it’s pretty safe to assume that it’ll be fitted with a few custom variant-exclusive touches, possibly even made of carbon fibre since it seems to be the theme here on the 05+.
Powering the Lynk & Co 05+ is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, as with the standard 05. However, with this being the “Plus” variant, it’s been given a slight power bump to now output 265 hp and 380 Nm, up from the usual 251 hp and 349 Nm.
The engine is coupled to an Aisin-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission, with power sent to all four wheels. No performance figures have been published yet, but the Lynk & Co 05+ is supposedly capable of reaching a top speed of 230 km/h, and is slated to go on sale in China sometime next month at 270,000 yuan (~RM176k), according to the same publication.