Italian sports car maker Lamborghini has shocked the motoring industry unveiling the fastest car of all time – its first-ever hybrid, the Lamborghini Sián.
Mind you, there's only 63 of them being made.
“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,” – Maurizio Reggiani
The limited-edition Lamborghini Sián has a new futuristic design, which maintains the sports car brand’s style DNA, but takes it spectacularly into a new era. Taking the most iconic V12 Lamborghini power plant of today, the Sián is engineered around unique hybrid technologies, delivering the extraordinary emotion and exceptional dynamic performance of a naturally aspirated Lamborghini super sports car, while meeting a future demanding electrification, the company said at the Frankfurt Car Show
“The Sián is a masterpiece in possibilities,” said Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO in a statement. “Not only does the Sián deliver a formidable hyper-car design and engineering tour de force today, it augments the potential for Lamborghini as a super sports car brand for tomorrow and for decades to come, even as hybridisation 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.”
It's some statement but it's backed up. The Sián houses a 785 horsepower V12 engine that zooms from zero to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds thanks to an additional 34 horsepower electric motor.
Its top speed is a staggering 350 km/h (217 mph). Lamborghini claims it’s the lowest weight-to-power ratio in any V12 Lamborghini ever.
“Lamborghini’s strategic heritage in one-off and very limited series cars is not only a commitment to exclusivity but a presentation of future designs and technologies. With this car, we set ourselves the challenge of creating the best hybrid solution for a Lamborghini super sports car to provide us with the first step on our electrification strategy,” says Maurizio Reggiani, Chief Technical Officer.
“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 hybridisation and new materials technology.”
“Lamborghini is inherently a rule breaker, a challenger, always pushing what is possible to find a better solution,” – Maurizio Reggiani
The Lamborghini Sián’s design demonstrates its clear intent: a visionary and futuristic design in combination with outstanding aerodynamic solutions. It is a new super sports car for a new era, but still with the heart and soul of a Lamborghini, pushing the limits to fulfil the highest expectations.
Taking futuristic inspiration from the Countach, the Gandini line is evident in its profile, while the silhouette introduces new features such as the characteristic aero wings, giving the Sián an unmistakable profile. The iconic Lamborghini ‘Y’ shape can be seen in the NACA air inlets on the doors, glass elements are included in the engine cover, and the diagonal line features in the front hood, as in the Countach.
In its long, honed, sculptured contours, like the Countach, the Sián’s design is pure and uncluttered. The low front with integrated carbon fibre splitter is dominated by the ‘Y’-shape headlights, used for the first time to reflect the signature design of the night lights, originally designed for the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio.
Lamborghini the supercapacitor is three times more powerful than the lithium-ion batteries found in conventional electric cars and the Sián can completely recharge its hybrid electric motor each time you hit the brakes.
Lamborghini has informed us that the 63 manufactured were sold before the launch at the Frankfurt Car Show. The cost for each Lamborghini Sián is US$3.6 million each.