While Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren have already brought supercars with hybrid technology on the market, that was not the case with Lamborghini so far. But the wait is over now.
The Italian automaker has introduced the Lamborghini Sián (means “bolt of lightning”), the first-ever production electrified model from Lamborghini. The car has made an online debut only, revealing its spectacular design and impressive performance ahead of a public premiere at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show next week.
Limited to 63 pieces, the super sports car relies on electric support and thus gives a glimpse into the future of the brand.
Drive and performance:
Visually, it is immediately obvious that the Lamborghini Sián is based on the Aventador. Even its powerful 12-cylinder naturally aspirated engine is also on board, which makes 785 hp (577 kW) here at 8,500 rpm. However, it is supported by a built-in transmission 48-volt electric motor, delivering 34 hp (25 kW). Overall, it brings the hybrid system to a total power of 819 hp (602 kW).
Lamborghini’s first hybrid supercar will do 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, which makes it the quickest accelerating Lamborghini ever. The Sián reaches a top speed of over 350 km/h (217 mph). Besides, the car’s hybrid system adds 10% to its speed, according to Lamborghini.
Thanks to the available power boost function, the driver can immediately use the higher torque when accelerating. However, this only applies to speeds below 130 km/h, above that the electric motor switches off automatically.
Innovative storage technology:
Instead of using a lithium-ion battery like most other hybrids and EVs, a supercapacitor is used in Sián. According to Lamborghini, this is three times more powerful than a battery of the same weight and three times lighter than a battery with the same power. It is mounted just behind the passenger compartment.
The electrical system consisting of the supercapacitor and the electric motor weighs only 34 kg. Furthermore, the fastest Lamborghini has a specially developed regenerative braking system. Thanks to the symmetrical operation of the supercapacitor, the power storage system of the hybrid supercar are totally charged every single time the driver brakes.
A visionary and futuristic design:
Despite the proximity to the Aventador, Lamborghini Sián is identifiable as an independent vehicle. The low front section with integrated carbon air intakes is dominated by the Y-shaped headlamps. At the front hood, there are diagonal lines as in the Countach.
The Lamborghini-typical Y-shape can also be recognized by the air inlets on the doors. Its engine cover has glass elements. Y-shaped headlights have first seen on the Terzo Millennio concept car. It’s familiar, yet certainly different from current Lamborghini design.
The extreme and strong rear of the car incorporates the hexagonal design and has six hexagonal tail lights inspired by the Countach. There is also an extendable rear wing. Overall, the design should ensure excellent aerodynamics.
Besides, the vehicle uses a color combination of Verde Gea (green) with details in Oro Electrum (electro-gold).
Hybrid Lambo is already sold out:
Lamborghini is making just 63 units of its first hybrid car in honor of its founding year of 1963. However, new prospects are unlucky, as the strictly limited Lambo Sián is completely sold out even before its world premiere.
How much the loyal Lamborghini customers have to pay for their cars was not revealed. To get more detailed information, you can visit the brand’s official website.