Lamborghini finally enters the hybrid territory, something we’ve desperately been looking forward to.
Do we really expect Lamborghini to muzzle down knowing that Ferrari has their SF90 Stradale? Witness the Italian automaker’s most powerful, world’s first supercapacitor supercar – the Sian. It means flash of lightning in the Bolognese Italian dialect. I guess if it goes like a flash of light, then be it.
In the Sian’s core, resides the same 6.5-litre V12 beast of an engine which we see in the Aventador SVJ (So yes, her enchanting roar is still there). The party trick here is the incorporation of a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to add 34 electric HP, in totality, 819 HP and 720 Nm of torque. Although, nothing is going to be ‘mild’ about this car.
Lamborghini claims that it will reach the 100 km/hr mark in under 2.8 seconds and the top speed will be electronically limited at 217 mph (350 km/hr). The electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system, including rear mechanical self-locking differential, is mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox.
When we talk about hybrid/electric cars, our mind usually ponders over the conventional lithium-ion battery. However, the approach here is novel and innovative. Power is produced by a supercapacitor which is claimed to be 3 times as brawny as a cell of the same weight and 3 times lighter than a battery with the same output. It is stacked ahead of the engine for better weight distribution. There always will be an abundance of electric power under your command. Regenerative braking system leads to the availability of a boost of power.
It composes of a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, titanium intake valves and rear-wheel steering for better stability and performance. Temperature-sensitive vent flaps at the back of the hood work autonomously. There’s a full carbon-fibre splitter at the front with a massive diffuser at the back and side air intakes are bound to be present. The rear wing comes to action at high speeds for improved aerodynamic efficiency.
Much of the design inspiration is drawn from the automaker’s Terzo Millennio concept and the work of Bertone’s Marcello Gandini, like the livid Y-shaped LED headlights, angular and wild body lines which are omnipresent. The rear bears some semblance to Countach. Signature touches are pervasive in nature, like the hexagonal tail lights. Interior is similar to the other models, albeit we see a new vertical infotainment system.
What does 63 signify on the rear wing? Only 63 units will be made, alongside honouring the founding year, 1963. It’ll cost a whopping amount of $3.6 million. Each unit is already sold.
The company is all buckled up for its public reveal at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, commencing from 12th September. It is an epitome of automotive innovation and diversity. Each company is future-proofing its products now, as due to the electrification of vehicles is inevitable.
– Powered by a 6.5-litre V12 engine, with a 48V hybrid system, producing 819 HP
– Only 63 units to be manufactured, at $3.6 million each
– Public reveal on 12th September at the Frankfurt Motor Show