Lamborghini has finally gone hybrid, however, it still retains the iconic V12 motor. To be unveiled at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show, the brand new Sián from the Italian car manufacturer will combine the loud V12 motor with an electric motor, to deliver an astonishing 819 hp to all four wheels. Earning the title of the most powerful Lamborghini ever produced, the Sián will have a limited production run of a mere 63 units worldwide, paying homage to the founding year of the brand, 1963. Before you rush towards your cheque book, all of these 63 models are already spoken for. These lucky customers will take delivery of this new model after customising the car via the Lamborghini Ad Personum program.
Unlike most manufacturers, who use a lithium-ion powered battery to power their motor, Lamborghini has introduced a supercapacitor, which not only is lighter than the former but is also capable of charging faster than conventional lithium-ion batteries. This supercapacitor powers a 48-volt electric motor, which has been integrated into the gearbox of the car. Apart from powering the car at low speeds, while reversing or parking, for instance, the electric motor also works to eliminate jerks while driving. Combined with the 785 hp, naturally aspirated, V12 engine, this bull is capable of hitting the ton in a mere 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of over 350 kmph.
“The Sián is a masterpiece in possibilities,” says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Not only does the Sián deliver a formidable hyper-car design and engineering tour de force today, but it also augments the potential for Lamborghini as a super sports car brand for tomorrow and for decades to come, even as hybridization becomes more desirable and inevitably essential. The Lamborghini Sián represents the first step in Lamborghini’s route to electrification, and expedites our next-generation V12 engine. Its Sián moniker, meaning ‘flash or lightning’ in Bolognese dialect, denotes the first electrification of a Lamborghini production car and confirms our strong connection to the territory in which we operate. With the Sián, Automobili Lamborghini demonstrates its dynastic strength as a legendary super sports car brand for the future.”