Chinese automakers NIO have teamed up with gaming hardware manufacturers Razer Inc. to bring us an electric SUV called the NIO ES6 Night Explorer Limited Edition.
These companies would have been considered strange bedfellows some years ago, but the automotive and gaming industries are closer than ever before, with Tesla now porting several games to their vehicles while other ventures are being explored elsewhere.
NIO and Razer have coupled up for the type of cross-platform partnership that should leave gaming enthusiasts licking their lips. And we're quite interested in seeing just how well this takes off.
The Night Explorer will launch at Razer's booth at the ChinaJoy show but there will only be 88 available. According to the official release from NIO, the SUV will cost 467,800 yuan, amounting to $67,400.
"The NIO ES6 inherits the design language of the NIO family of vehicles, with a stylish, sporty exterior and luxurious, high-tech interior," NIO's announcement reads.
"The NIO ES6 Night Explorer Edition Vehicle is built on the NIO ES6 Performance Edition, equipping NIO Pilot, NOMI Mate, enhanced displays and other high-tech appointments. These familiar NIO markers are complemented by an exclusive Razer design package that includes the classic Razer logo and trim, carbon fiber decals, green calipers, a custom rear emblem and design package. The starting price of the NIO ES6 Night Explorer Limited Edition Vehicle is 467,800 yuan."
The new SUV is based on the Performance Edition and boasts an exclusive Razer appearance pack inclusive of the gaming company's logo, a custom rear badge, and carbon fiber decals.
The SUV is powered by dual motors that combine for an output of 536 horsepower which leaves it capable of going from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 124mph. A range-topping 84kWh battery pack makes it so that the ES6 can go 317 miles before requiring a charge.
As for the body, the Razer beauty is made up of aerospace-grade aluminum and certain chassis parts are constructed from carbon fiber. The interior is fitted with a dashboard bearing a sizeable touchscreen display that runs on NIO's NOMI system.
The Night Explorer will look to integrate additional tech such as Razer Chroma, Hue Lights and THX Spatial Audio in the future.