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809bhp Sian is the first-ever hybrid Lamborghini

September 03, 2019, 10:09 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
809bhp Sian is the first-ever hybrid Lamborghini

-         The Lamborghini Sian previews the hybrid Raging Bull of the future. 

-         Used world-first supercapacitor in the hybrid powertrain.

-         Just 63 units are produced.

After much neigh saying, Lamborghini has finally yielded to the electric future. The Italian carmaker has just revealed their first-ever hybrid supercar, called Sian. The fastest and the most powerful Raging Bull ever, the Sian will make its public debut at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The name ‘Sián’ means ‘flash or lightning’ in Bolognese, referencing the first electric application in a Lamborghini production car.

Most importantly, it comes as a relief to know that the Sian continues to use the iconic 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12. But the unique hybrid powertrain uses a 48Volt mild-hybrid delivering additional 34 horsepower boosting the combined output to 807bhp, making it the most powerful Lamborghini till date. Also, the top speed is said to be over 350kmph with a 0-100kmph time of just 2.8 seconds.  

The motor is incorporated into the gearbox and for the first time in a low-voltage hybrid that there is a direct connection between the motor and wheels, claims Lamborghini. The e-motor is capable of manoeuvring the car at low speeds or while reversing without using the gasoline engine. What’s notable innovation in the Sian is that it uses a supercapacitor instead of a lithium-ion battery. The carmaker says that it is three times more powerful than a battery of the same weight and three times lighter than a battery producing the same power. Weighing only 34 kilograms, the supercapacitor is placed between the bulkhead between cockpit and engine maintaining proper weight distribution. Also part of the package is regenerative braking system. 

Appearance-wise, the Sian puts down the new design language for the future supercars from Sant Agata. Lamborghini claims the design takes inspiration from the Countach, but we can see elements from the Terzo Millennio Concept. The sharp shape and lines of Gandini are present along with characteristic Y-shaped elements all around the car. There is a generous use of carbon fibre which contrasts from the unique golden-green paint of the Sian which Lamborghini calls Verde Gea and Oro Electrum. The three-point taillamps, massive diffusers and intricate engine housing surely are fitting for a space ship.

The cabin is typically luxurious, sporty and timeless. The ‘Terra di Sant’Agata Bolognese’ design with leather from Poltrona Frau is complemented by 3D printed parts. There’s a Centenario-style screen in the centre console while the rest of the cabin is personalisable under the carmaker’s ‘Ad Personam’ program.

Celebrating the brand’s 63rd anniversary, the production of the Lamborghini Sian is capped at just 63 units, all of which are sold out already with a starting price of 3.6 million USD apiece.

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