Another week, and another giant of the supercar world has announced their move into the world of hybrid powered models. Following Lotus, Jaguar and Audi, it is a bit surprising that Lamborghini are the next to make the move towards greener technology. After all, they’re not known as the raging bulls for nothing.
In fact, we’d almost had them down as the last marque to make the transition. But on the basis of what we’ve seen so far with their new premium Sián hypercar, the switch in powering is definitely not equating to a skimp on the unhinged performance people have come to expect from them over the years.
Whilst its name breaks from tradition a bit, in that it’s not named after a Spanish fighting bull like its brothers before it, the genesis of their car’s new name is from an equally intense source. Sián is derived from the word for ‘lightning’ in the Bologna region of Italy - making it electrifying in more ways than one. The ‘FKP 37’ of its full name is a reference to Lamborghini’s parent company, the Volkswagen Group’s late owner, Ferdinand Piëch.
Their new flagship model also shares something in common with the SVJ variant of their incumbent Aventador, namely having the same engine, but the crucial boost in power comes from the electric motor which is fitted into the gearbox, powering out an extra 25 kw, and lithium-ion supercapacitors in place of a normal battery pack.
It all adds up to a performance which will shock many to their very core; offering out a staggering 808 bhp, thunderous acceleration from 0 - 60 mph in under 3 seconds and top speeds of around 220 mph. But it’s not a cheap investment as you’d expect either - certainly not unless you’ve got a cool £2.5 million lying around.
The same supercapacitor system is also set to be used in Lamborghini’s new Huracan Super Trofeo Omologato model that they will be commencing deliveries on later this year. Only 62 models of the Sián have been produced so far, but given the success that Lamborghini had last year sales wise even during the global lockdown, it’s a safe bet that they’re intending to make the march into hybrid powered cars all guns blazing (or should that be sparking?)
Hopefully it won’t be too long before the Sián joins our range of Lamborghini driving day packages here on Driving Experience, but in the meantime, you can still take to the wheel on other iconic Lambos from as little as £39! Head on over to our Lamborghini experiences page today to book yours via forthcoming dates or purchase of our open gift vouchers.