It’s official. Italian supercar manufacturer Lamborghini has gone hybrid.
The new limited edition Sián is the most powerful and fastest car they’ve ever produced. It boasts a 48-volt e-motor that feeds into a massive 6.5-litre V12 engine that has been taken straight from an Aventador.
That power has helped make the Sián the fastest-accelerating Lamborghini ever, achieving 0 to 100km/h in less than 2.8 seconds. Lamborghini also claim that their vehicle has a top speed of over 350km/h.
According to Lamborghini, Sián means flash or lightning in Bolognese dialect, an area where the car has been produced. Due to this being the first electric application in a Lamborghini production car, it seems a fitting name choice.
What’s also impressive about this car is the supercapacitors in it are three times more powerful than a lithium-ion battery of the same size. The technology helps provide more power in energy charging and discharging, feeding to the e-motor that delivers 33bhp.
The small electric motor is designed to take the strain during driving at lower speeds, leaving the higher speeds to the massive V12.
Say whatever you want about the green, but the design of this car really is phenomenal. It looks incredibly futuristic, with many lines and shapes inspired by the Countach. You can see this in the Y-shaped air inlets, glass engine cover and diagonal bonnet lines.
Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini’s Chairman and CEO, hinted at Lamborghini’s future plans for electrification:
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.
If you were hoping to get your hands on one of these, I’ve got some bad news for you.
Only 63 of these vehicles are being made and apparently they’ve already been snapped up. While it’s not been released how much they’ve been sold for, you can guess the limited models have cost a few million each.
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Matt Weston is a lover of electric cars, artificial intelligence and space. From Cornwall, he’s a UCLan graduate that still dreams of being a Formula One driver in the very near future. Previously work includes reporting for regional newspapers and freelance video for the International Business Times.