As a freelance automotive writer, I get to write about the automotive industry on a regular. It’s always interesting to read and write about what automotive manufacturers are up to on the daily and what they plan to release in the near future. Most times, it’s extremely exciting. One of those times happens to be today.
The first photos of the Lamborghini Sian first leaked two days ago through the Lamborghini Unica, a smartphone app dedicated exclusively to Lambo owners. Who knew there was such a thing?
Before diving deeper into this rather ravishing car, allow me to brief you. It’s Lamborghini’s first electrified production car. Simply put, a hybrid. Only 63 units will be made and each will cost $3.6 million. Oh, how we all love attractive production cars that are not only limited but expensive!
If you’re like me, you’re probably first attracted to something by the way it looks. After all, science claim men are visual beings. The Sian is a sight to behold. A car with unmatched contours. A source of inspiration for aspiring car collectors.
At the heart of this gorgeous machine is a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter engine that also comes in the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. It’s linked to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that contributes 34 horsepower (25 kW), getting the total to 819 horsepower (602 kW). The Sian has finally taken the crown from the 770- horsepower SVJ, making it the most powerful car ever produced by Lamborghini.
All that power is channelled to all the wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. Depending on the driving mode picked, this comes paired with adaptive shift characteristics. Buyers also get an electronically manipulated all-wheel-drive system that’s connected to a rear mechanical self-locking differential.
Like the SVJ, the Sian gets from 0-62 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Even with more power, it seems like the team at Sant’Agata Bolognese couldn’t make it any faster. What the engineers were able to do, however, was to improve the acceleration time between 19-37 mph and 43-74 mph. It takes 0.2 seconds for the former and 1.2 seconds for the latter. Top speed stands at 217 mph, making it quite the contender compared to other supercars. This, of course, doesn’t get anywhere close to the 304-mph mark achieved by the “Lightning McQueen” of the supercar world – The Bugatti Chiron Sport.
The Sian draws slight inspiration from the Terzo Millennio concept, an electrically propelled Lambo that almost broke the limits of how far engineers can go with automotive design.
Thank the heavens the Sian isn’t as dramatic. It’s curvy just enough to get any petrol head screaming from the top of their lungs once they see it. Take a look at the aggressive angular lines, the six hexagonal LED taillights, and perfect proportions to see what I mean. Personally, I get goosebumps just looking at it.
“The fastest Lamborghini must be a visual and symphonic feast, as remarkable to those who see it pass by as those privileged to drive it,” Mitja Borkert, Head of Design at Lamborghini, states. “It takes inspiration from the Countach, but the Sián is a futuristic icon, not retrospective.”
Only for a few lucky customers
The Lamborghini Sian will feature a “63” badge at the back. The number is used to indicate just how many examples of the car Lamborghini is going to build. Each of the 63 models will sell at $3.6 million. All models have already been sold before the debut that happens to be next week at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Owners get to customize their Sian to their liking through Lamborghini’s factory customization program.
“Exclusivity is enhanced by total Ad Personam personalization that every one of the 63 Sian owners has the privilege of creating, in conjunction with me and the Centro Stile team: 63 individuals worldwide will own not only the fastest, but a unique Lamborghini,” the lead designer adds.