RE: Lamborghini Sian introduces 819hp hybrid V12

RE: Lamborghini Sian introduces 819hp hybrid V12

Wednesday 4th September

Lamborghini Sian introduces 819hp hybrid V12

First electrified Lambo gets ultra-advanced supercapacitor tech to overtake the Aventador SVJ as firm's quickest car



Lamborghini has entered the world of electrification with a limited-run hybrid model called the Sian, which combines its V12 with a supercapacitor-powered electric motor to produce 819hp. That makes it the most potent Lambo produced for the road yet, with considerably quicker rolling acceleration times than the Aventador SVJ and a power-to-weight ratio that trumps all other cars from the firmโ€™s Sant'Agata Bolognese factory. Talk about making an entrance.

At its heart, the 217mph Sian โ€“ which gets its name from the Bolognese word for flash and lightning โ€“ uses Lamboโ€™s naturally aspirated 6.5-litre twelve with a peak of 785hp at 8,500rpm, making it 15hp more powerful than the SVJโ€™s engine. It comes aided by a 34hp electric motor that drives directly through the seven-speed gearbox and is powered by a supercapacitor, located in the bulkhead between the cabin and engine to minimise its impact on weight distribution.


More advanced than conventional lithium-ion batteries, the supercapacitor provides additional punch and torque fill between upshifts up to 81mph, after which it decouples. But the main advantage of the high energy density supercapacitor comes with its high power-to-weight and fast charging abilities. The total electric system weighs only 34kg, equating to 1hp/kg, while the supercapacitor can be fully recharged by kinetic energy recovery in a single braking scenario. Itโ€™s also the first supercapacitor-fed setup to power the wheels directly.

Lamborghini claims that the use of its new hybrid tech, segments of which will undoubtedly be integrated into following series models (and maybe the Le Mans car), makes the Sian 10 per cent quicker than it would be if it were powered only by the V12. The all-wheel drive supercar gets to 62mph in less than 2.8 seconds (oddly no exact figure is out yet), while it sprints from 30-60kph and then from 70-120kph two tenths and 1.2 seconds quicker than the SVJ respectively. Given the immense pace of Lamboโ€™s former quickest model, thatโ€™s substantial, although without further specs itโ€™s not clear whether the SVJ would close the gap once the speed clicks into triple digits.


Retaining a whacking great twelve cylinder ought to give the Sian appropriately antisocial vocals, but it can also be operated in silent e-mode when parking and reversing. Lambo also states that the torque fill afforded by the electric motor smooths gear shifts, so โ€“ necks rejoice โ€“ the seven-speed โ€˜boxโ€™s savage jolts (most prevalent in the SVJ) should be swapped for something more seamless and, perhaps, comfortable. That being said, the carโ€™s design in no way suggests weโ€™re looking at a softened-up Lambo; it mixes the form of an Aventador with Terzo Millennio-like aggression and features active cooling vanes that move through material reaction when things get hot. Inside, the layout is largely familiar; hereโ€™s hoping those seats will be a little more forgiving than the ones in the Avantador.

The Sian will be shown in the metal and carbon at the Frankfurt motor show this month, before 63 examples are produced for what we presume will be a heckofalotta money (we're thinking almost ten times the price of a used SVJ...). That run number is a nod to Lamborghiniโ€™s birth year, by the way, and remarkably it seems not all have been spoken for yet. So get your orders in.













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Arsecati

Original Poster:

292 posts

62 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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Dear cod that is stunning. Thank fug I'm already sitting down. HOW do Lamborghini keep outdoing themselves with such incredible looking cars? What an absolute beast - new screensaver!

cookie1600

1,263 posts

106 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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One point twenty one gigawatts?



Had to be really

Velox56

164 posts

24 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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You can keep your Ferrari this is gorgeous ! smile

Baddie

343 posts

162 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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It is stunning, but for me, not in a good way.

Hoping GM’s T50 is a beautiful supercar, might be the last one at this rate.

Never you mind

1,417 posts

57 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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Only 35 bhp from the hybrid system, was expecting more. However, YES YES AND YES!

Manwomanfree

3 posts

19 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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With Lamborghini for engineering insanity and McLaren for engineering sanity, you only buy Ferraris for the investment to flip in the future and the history.

Plate spinner

13,376 posts

145 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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I once dated a Sian, lovely but crazy.

Presume this is pronounced ‘cy-an’ rather than ‘sharn’?

gonzales_turbo

107 posts

154 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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bow What a masterpiece! Of all the derivatives of the Aventador, it's easily the most cohesive (and some have been bad...)

I really like the emphasis put on visually narrowing the center of the car all along its length. Just sad to see the production number...I could have seen this replacing the Aventador altogether.

The electric motor is a bit of an excuse when Ferrari has a much stronger setup in a non-limited production car. If that's what it takes to enjoy the V12, I'm in!

WCZ

7,000 posts

139 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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I think it looks too messy and complicated, it's a bit like a mansory version imo

AnthonyWickenden

8 posts

127 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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Plate spinner said:
I once dated a Sian, lovely but crazy.

Presume this is pronounced ‘cy-an’ rather than ‘sharn’?
My sister is called Sian and I was going to make some comment about Lambo's being named after cattle, but that's no longer the case biggrinbiggrinbiggrin

Paddy78

165 posts

91 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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WCZ said:
I think it looks too messy and complicated, it's a bit like a mansory version imo
I know what you mean. I didn't instantly warm to it. Like a render of a Lamborghini that someone that doesn't work for Lamborghini did?

ZX10R NIN

15,089 posts

70 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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Stunning.

RazerSauber

322 posts

5 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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That's a proper Lambo! Absolutely off it's head! First Lamborghini I've liked for quite a while.

frayz

1,312 posts

104 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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Looks like the usual dogs dinner we have come to expect from Lambo. Puke frown

unsprung

3,444 posts

69 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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PH article said:
the main advantage of the high energy density supercapacitor comes with its high power-to-weight and fast charging abilities.
So cool. It's important that their engineers have chosen a very particular approach to hybridisation -- one that is defined by, and limited to, the brand's raison d'etre.

This wasn't simply, "Oh, let's get some batteries in and marry motors to the powertrain." Nor could it have been, if the car was to remain on-brand.


The Li-ion King

919 posts

9 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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Plate spinner said:
I once dated a Sian, lovely but crazy.

Presume this is pronounced ‘cy-an’ rather than ‘sharn’?
laugh

Let's see how Shmee150 pronounces her name as an addition to the Garage in the coming months. We need something to fill the void left by the Jimny biggrin

Striple

92 posts

86 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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Article said this...

"active cooling vanes that move through material reaction when things get hot."

...So as the temperature rises the material the vanes are made of react causing the vanes to open? This sounds amazing if I'm reading that correctly

NITO

673 posts

151 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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"It comes aided by a 34hp electric motor that drives directly through the seven-speed gearbox and is powered by a supercapacitor, located in the bulkhead between the cabin and engine to minimise its impact on weight distribution."

Being Lamborghini, I'm fully expecting the Super Capacitor to be proudly framed and displayed a la BTTF style given the fully detailed description of it's exact positioning given above!!!

Plate spinner

13,376 posts

145 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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AnthonyWickenden said:
Plate spinner said:
I once dated a Sian, lovely but crazy.

Presume this is pronounced ‘cy-an’ rather than ‘sharn’?
My sister is called Sian and I was going to make some comment about Lambo's being named after cattle, but that's no longer the case biggrinbiggrinbiggrin
If by chance your sister is 5'3" blonde, born in the mid-70s and lived in North London during the late 1990s, please pass on the message that I hope she is keeping well and that I still don't know where her Zara coat is!
When we broke up she seemed convinced she'd left it at my place - and every time I bumped into her over the next few years the first thing she would ask me about was the whereabouts of that bloody coat!!
I didn't know then and I don't know now!!!

Sorry, very O/T hehe

Edited by Plate spinner on Tuesday 3rd September 17:42

Europa1

8,823 posts

133 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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Manwomanfree said:
With Lamborghini for engineering insanity and McLaren for engineering sanity, you only buy Ferraris for the investment to flip in the future and the history.
For all the drama of the exterior, I have to say I prefer the dashboards of Lamborghinis to those of Ferrari - they seem rather more restrained and unfussy.