Lamborghini has outlined the future of its supercar with the announcement of Sián, a hybrid-electric V12 that is the brand's fastest and most powerful model. At 819 horsepower, the Sian (Bologna lightning flash) rocket at 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds. The top speed exceeds 217 mph.
To achieve this performance, the Lamborghini uses a 48-volt, 34hp hybrid electric motor built into the car's transmission to complement the 6.5-liter 785hp V12. To maximize the effect of the motor, it is powered by a superconductor rather than the usual lithium-ion battery. These cells do not charge as much as a standard battery, but they charge quickly and in short bursts. It's similar to the technology Samsung uses to quickly charge the battery in the S-Pen pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 10 smartphone.
The result is a very light 75-lb. system that can absorb energy very quickly during braking and release it during acceleration. The electric motor also works in low-speed situations, such as parking, to make daily chores a little easier on what a otherwise pure male would be.
It also provides torque for smooth acceleration during gear changes. The old Lamborghini automated manual transmission can look rough when driving on the road, especially if the driver is waiting for the experience of an automatic transmission. We've found that in track mode, these shifts relax smoothly, but most of the time these cars will lead to the road, where the wide open throttle track change is probably not appropriate, so the smoother hybrid experience – electrostatic fortification is definitely welcome.
And if the system means I can get electricity out of my neighborhood when I try Lamborghinis instead of bothering my neighbors with the bark of a slightly extinguished V12 in the morning, that too will certainly be appreciated.
But there will be no Sián test cars, as it is a limited production of only 63 cars that have already been sold. Lamborghini chose this number because it was founded in the year of the Automobili Lamborghini. The original tractor company prepared the car company.
Lamborghini spoke openly of its intention to apply hybrid electric power to V12 naturally aspirated engines rather than turbocharging them for improved performance.
Over-powering delivers such performance gains as well as some efficiency gains in a carefully managed operating window, so most carmakers expect to apply forced induction worldwide to their gasoline engines in the same way that turbodiesels have long been pushing their natural gearboxes. to extinction.
But the supercharger fundamentally changes the character of an engine. The heading "on steroids" is appropriate. turbocharged engines are more powerful than naturally aspirated, low-speed muscles, and regular engines need to be turned to power.
The turbines in the exhaust stream that recover otherwise lost energy also change the sound of the engine. For family cars that want to increase power and efficiency, change doesn't matter. When that voice is that of a shouting Lamborghini V12 paving its way to the redline, the loss is comparable to Mona Lisa's violation.
That is why Lamborghini has avoided turbines for the Sián and says it plans to do so for other upcoming models.
Each of the 63 Sián Lamborghini designs will be individually unique, tailored to customer preferences in consultation with Lamborghini's Centro Stile through the Ad Personam customization program.