Lamborghini’s adaptation of hybrid technology will be premiered in the Sián at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The Sián will still be the traditional V12-powered Lamborghini you know but with an electric 48-volt motor tucked in between the engine and transmission. The electric motor uses a supercapacitor to give the V12 an extra 34 hp rather than the expected lithium-ion battery.
Hybrid Utilizes Supercapacitor
A supercapacitor is much lighter than batteries and Lambo says has 10-times more power than what was developed for the Aventador. This adds extra complexity and cost but it distinguishes Lamborghini from its competitors. Though the hybrid system adds an additional 75 pounds it is offset by the extreme use of carbon fiber throughout the Sián.
That 34 hp doesn’t sound like much, but that isn’t the point. The added power provides an extra shot of torque under acceleration, gives the Sián better gas mileage, and becomes the power source during low-speed usage like idling into a parking stall or cruising through the local Steak ‘n Shake.
Charging comes from a regenerative brake system which is completely charged every time the vehicle brakes. The electric motor disconnects over 80 mph.
0-60 In 2.8 Seconds
Combined, the engine and electric motor generate 819 hp with a top speed of 217 mph, which always comes in handy. Sián’s 0-60 time is 2.8 seconds making this the most powerful engine in Lambo’s history. There are no turbos aiding in all of this performance.
The “Gandini Line”
If the Sián looks like a Lamborghini to you, that’s because the styling is based around what’s called the “Gandini line” which is the sharp crease or break that runs front-to-back at or near the beltline of the body. Here it takes a dramatic sweep up midway through the door with different intake and exhaust vents tied into it. As broken up as the sides become it is a cohesive, fluid design.
Other styling elements were taken from the Veneno along with Lambo’s signature hard edges. The company says the inspiration came from the Countach which is seen in those six hexagonal taillights. The Y-shaped running lights are directly from the 2017 Terzo Millennio concept, as is the handling of the “Z” line defining the sides.
Lamborghini’s First Electrification Step
“The Sián represents the first step in Lamborghini’s route to electrification, and expedites our next-generation V12 engine,” says Domenicali. The hybrid nature of the Sián will be the new normal going forward for Lambo. Company head Stefano Domenicali says this is the first example of a gang of hybrid models coming. The next one will be the Urus, followed by the Aventador which will be powered similar to the Sián.
Unfortunately, the Sián will be limited to only 63 cars built at the Lambo plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. In 1963 Lamborghini started manufacturing cars, thus the reason for limiting production to 63. While motorbiscuit.com would love to be given credit for steering you toward your purchase of a Sián, we can’t. The entire run of 63 cars is already sold out, but you can thank us for saving you the $3.6 million or so it is rumored to be stickering for.