A little while back I wrote about the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, and I stated that it most likely will be the last and final naturally aspirated V12 hypercar produced by the world-renowned Italian giant. Indeed that is correct, but it isn’t at all disappointing if anything exciting and refreshing comes to mind. As such, the future of Lamborghini would involve moving into the hybrid world of automotive design, and we’ve seen by many examples that hybrid supercars and hypercars are very far from boring. Therefore, Lamborghini’s latest unveiling is no exception, and they’ve named it the Sián. The word Sián is of Bolognese translation to the meaning ‘a flash of light’, it is a fitting name for the sole purpose that it is the Lamborghini’s first-ever electrified car by this I mean incorporating hybrid technology.
The Lamborghini Sián is based on the Aventador SVJ, the engine is also the same a 6.5 litre V12 that is shared with the SVJ, but from there all is different. An electric motor is integrated with the gearbox producing 34bhp, and the engine alone is tuned to a power output of 774bhp. Combined the Lamborghini Sián produces 807bhp making it the most powerful production Lamborghini ever made. An interesting fact about the electric motor is the power is stored in a supercapacitor unit instead of using conventional lithium-ion batteries, the supercapacitor unit is also integrated with both the electric motor and the gearbox offering better weight distribution and delivery of power. 0-62mph is also improved reaching it in under 2.8 seconds and the top speed, as told my Lamborghini, can exceed over 220mph. Numbers are limited, with only 63 being built and costing around £3.4m, however, there will be 19 roadster variants of the Sián also released in the future, and I would image these would be significantly more expensive than the standard car.
The exterior design of the Sián is inspired by both the Lamborghini Countach and the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, where Countach reminders are found within the sharp lines, aerodynamics and its modernised and somewhat uncanny silhouette. Made entirely out of carbon fibre, as such power to weight ratios are better in the Sián than in the Aventador SVJ, Terzo Millennio inspired headlights also hint at the future of the company. An active fixed rear wing with the embossed number ’63’ honouring the firm’s launch and entry into the luxury car market creates for downforce. A streaking design, downforce and aerodynamics are a key feature within the Sián; such as prominent side air intakes, large splitters, diffusers and active aerodynamics. Science fiction materials are also incorporated within its design, active cooling vanes at the rear which becomes activated by a smart material that reacts to heat, so when a specific temperature is achieved the vanes would rotate to provide extra airflow and cooling to the engine.
The interior remains pretty much the same as the one you would see in the Aventador, though the centre console being more refined and modernised like the one found in the Huracan Evo with a portrait touchscreen. Along with 3D printed interior components giving for a renewable and futuristic feel.
To sum up, the Lamborghini Sián is one breathtaking machine; but Lamborghinis always have been, and that is why they have always been and always will be the ultimate pin-up poster. The development of the Sián hints at a future that Lamborghini is going to succeed in, and a future with great promise, ambition and drive.