Does Lamborghini make a hybrid supercar?

By Product Expert | Posted in Future, History, Lamborghini Sián on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at 9:50 pm
Lamborghini Sián green front view

What is the Lamborghini Sián?

The Lamborghini Sián is certainly making waves around the world. This exciting new hypercar from the iconic Italian supercar manufacturer deserves your attention. What is the Lamborghini Sián? It is destined to be a record-breaker. It’s a sold-out few-off car from a world-renowned automaker, and it could just be the most interesting car you’ve ever laid eyes on. Let us introduce you to the Sián, its powertrain, and even its unique name.

Lamborghini Sián green side front viewIs the Lamborghini Sián a true hybrid?

Before we can truly answer if the Sián is a true hybrid we should explore the question. A real hybrid drivetrain will have a combustion engine and an electric motor working in concert for a perfect marriage of the two power types.

The Sián has both of these things with a 48-volt electric motor incorporated directly into the gearbox. Employed in this manner, the electric motor produces 34 horsepower. This boost in power can actually improve the acceleration of the Sián from 0-80 mph by up to 10%.

Read More: What was the first Lamborghini hybrid concept?

The electric power is married to a Lamborghini V12 monster that pumps out 785 horsepower. This alone is the highest rating to ever come from a Lamborghini powerplant, and it makes for a combined horsepower rating of 819 horsepower. With that horsepower and the electric motor, it’s no wonder the Sián has a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 2.8 seconds. This marriage makes the Sián a true hybrid.

Lamborghini Sián orange interiorHow does the Sián charge?

The Sián charges itself, and it does so when you brake. The drivetrain isn’t the only innovation here. Instead of traditional lithium-ion batteries, the Sián is the first hybrid production car to ever use supercapacitors. These supercapacitors offer symmetric power flow which means it takes the same energy to charge them as they discharge when in use.

Symmetric power flow makes supercapacitors ideal for hybrid technology as the system can fully charge every time you brake and make that power instantly available to you again. We can’t wait to see what Lamborghini does with this technology in the future.

Lamborghini Sián green rear viewWhat does Sián mean?

With any new model, we have to explore the meaning of the Lamborghini model name. This time it has nothing to do with bullfighting. Skipping the bullfighting ties does tend to happen on few-off cars like this, but it could also be a sign of changing times at Lamborghini. As the first hybrid to ever hit production, it’s rather fitting that this name is unique. Sián is actually a word in the Bolognese dialect that means lightning or flash.


View a walkaround of the Sián


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