Hybrid meets V12 Lamborghini in the all-new Sian
The age of electrified Lamborghinis has arrived. After years of rumors and speculations, the House of The Raging Bull has officially unleashed its first-ever electrified beast. Say hello to the 2020 Lamborghini Sian, a V12 supercar that is capable of cranking out over 800 PS.
Billed by the automaker as their most powerful production car to date, the Sian signifies Lamborghini’s transition to electrification while still adopting V12 engines for production. With a name taken from the Bolognese dialect meaning ‘lightning’, the Lamborghini Sian is hybrid technology meeting supercar performance.
At the heart of the Sian is, of course, a mighty V12. Derived from the Aventador SVJ, the engine alone cranks out an impressive 785 PS at 8500 rpm. But thanks to a hybrid system that adds an additional 34 PS, the Sian has a total system output of 819 PS. With it, the Sian can catapult itself from 0 - 100 km/h in less than 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of over 350 km/h.
However, unlike traditional hybrids that make use of lithium-ion batteries, Lamborghini instead used supercapacitors, a world’s first according to the automaker. This allows the system to store ten times more power, as well as deliver a more powerful charge than li-ion battery packs. This works in tandem with a regenerative braking system that instantly charges the supercapacitor every time it brakes. When in use, it makes for faster accelerations as it serves as a power boost of sorts.
It’s not all just about what’s under the hood of the Sian though. Lamborghini’s first electrified bull also spent some time in the design studio where it received a menacing yet eye-catching appearance. According to Lamborghini, it borrows inspiration from the Countach while also incorporating futuristic elements.
The front fascia is dominated by Y-shaped LED daytime running lights and headlights, along with a low-sling front bumper. It also has a carbon fiber front splitter which further adds to the Sian’s mean looks. Meanwhile, the body itself has been sculpted with sharp angles, flowing lines, and unique shapes. It also has six hexagonal-shaped LED taillights which, again, is a nod to the classic Countach, an integrated rear wing that extends out when driving on the limit, and active cooling vanes that not only do their part, but look good as well.
“Lamborghini is inherently a rule breaker, a challenger, always pushing what is possible to find a better solution. With the Sián we are defining our route to innovation and we are setting new rules in new technologies, instead of just following existing solutions. The result is the Lamborghini Sián, which includes the world-first application of a supercapacitor for hybridization and new materials technology,” said Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer at Automobili Lamborghini.
Thinking of getting one for yourself? Better find an owner that is willing to part as all 63 units have been spoken for already and each one costs an eye-watering $3.6 million (about Php 187.952 million). And as to why only 63 will be made in total, the unique number of examples was made to honor the founding year Automobili Lamborghini was formed, May of 1963.