In-between high-end diecast models and Hot Wheels lie Lego’s approachable kits. Want to recreate your favorite Fast and Furious scene? You can build Dom’s Dodge Charger. Like Lupin the 3rd? There’s a Lego version of the classic Fiat 500. The kits also mean you can own, at least in scale form, vehicles you’d never be able to otherwise. Such is the case with Lego’s latest kit: the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 hybrid hypercar.
The Lamborghini Sian
First, a little background. The 2020 Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 isn’t just the Italian carmaker’s first hybrid. It’s also the fastest and most-powerful production Lamborghini ever made, Car and Driver reports.
The Sian uses a modified version of the Aventador’s carbon-fiber chassis and 6.5-liter V12. On its own, the V12 produces 774 hp. That’s bolstered with a hybrid system built around, not lithium-ion batteries, but a supercapacitor. It’s not as powerful as a Li-ion system—in the Lamborghini Sian, it only adds about 34 hp.
However, it only weighs 75 pounds, while a battery pack would add several hundred pounds. Using a supercapacitor also means the Sian’s regenerative braking system is more compact than other hybrids’ systems. That’s because capacitors are more efficient at storing and releasing energy. And they do so much faster.
The Lamborghini Sian’s speed is similarly impressive. 0-60 time is an estimated 2.8 seconds, matching some of the quickest EVs. And it has a top speed of 218 mph. Unfortunately, only 63 Sians have been built. And despite the ‘if you have to ask’ price, they’ve all been sold.
Fortunately, Lego’s Lamborghini Sian kit should be much more plentiful and affordable.
Lego’s Lamborghini kit
Lego’s Lamborghini Sian kit comes in 1:8-scale, which translates to a car 23” long, 5” tall, and 9” wide. The kit includes 3696 pieces, as well as a little display stand. And its wheels and body panels (bricks?) are painted the same shades as the real thing.
As part of Lego’s Technic line, the Sian kit isn’t a static display piece. It has functional elements, beyond just the scissor doors. It also has a working 8-speed transmission with paddle shifters, Car and Driver reports. The steering wheel turns, the independent front and rear suspension compress, and the rear wing’s adjustable, Motor Trend reports.
In the rear is a replica of Lamborghini’s V12, with working pistons, Motor1 reports, and a firing order plaque. And in the front trunk is a tiny Lamborghini overnight bag, along with a unique model serial number. Said serial number will reportedly be able to access additional online content, including a build certificate.
Pricing and availability
Fortunately, unlike Lamborghini, Lego isn’t restricting its Sian kit’s production. It will be available to order online starting June 1, 2020. Lego expects brick-and-mortar retailers to receive the kits by August 1, 2020, Autoblog reports.
While the real Sian’s price is undisclosed, it’s not a stretch to say Lego’s version is vastly cheaper. The kit is priced at $379.99. Now excuse me, I have to clear out some room on my desk.
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