Luxury supercar maker Lamborghini has unveiled its first-ever hybrid, the Sián.
Based off the Aventador platform, the new supercar will combine a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine with a 48-volt, 34 horsepower electric motor that's incorporated into the gearbox to give the car a total of 808 horsepower. This added electric motor will allow the car to reverse and park under electric power alone.
Lamborghini has created the world's first supercapacitor hybrid powertrain energy storage unit as well. Mounted in the bulkhead between the cabin and engine, it gives optimal weight distribution and is three times more powerful than a lithium-ion battery pack while weighing one third of the weight. Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali had this to say:
“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."
0-100 km/h is claimed to be less than 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph. Regenerative braking is enabled on the car and the stored energy from the supercapacitor is instantly available to help the driver up to 80mph.
Only 63 Lamborghini Sián examples will be created. All are sold and each will be personalized to the owner's tastes. In related news, Porsche just unveiled its first-ever EV, the Taycan.