Ahead of the Frankfurt motorshow – that kicks off later this week – Lamborghini have wow’d us with a limited-run hybrid supercar that, in a world first, does away with traditional batteries and utilises supercapacitors instead. Named after a flash of lightning, the Lamborghini Siån certainly gets us excited for the future of Lamborghini.
Limited to a total of 63 examples, the concept-looking Siån allows a few very lucky individuals to experience futuristic technologies that debuted on the brand’s outrageous Terzo Millennio concept car (which appeared a few years ago) whilst also giving us a taste of Lamborghini’s direction in the future.
For the first time ever, Lamborghini’s legendary V12 has been twinned with a hybrid system that uses supercapacitor technology instead of standard batteries. The benefit of the futuristic sounding technology is that a supercapacitor can store up to 100 per cent more energy, charge much faster and accept more charge than a lithium-ion battery of the same size. The supercapacitor feeds power to a 48-volt e-motor that delivers a total of 33bhp.
Regenerative braking takes care of restoring energy in the supercapacitor and amazingly, thanks to the technology’s ability to charge faster, a full charge can be achieved every time the car brakes. The hybrid system has been incorporated directly into the gearbox, meaning that it can take care of low-speed manoeuvres.
Lamborghini’s legendary 6.5-litre V12 once again makes an appearance but now with titanium intake valves and some specialist tuning. Thanks to this the V12 now features the largest output of any Lamborghini ever, boasting a total of 774bhp; combined with the hybrid system, that number grows to 807bhp. Lamborghini say that the result of feeding that sort of power through all four wheels is 0-62mph in under 2.8seconds and a top speed of 217mph.
Styling wise, you can find design queues from Veneno, Aventador, Countach and the Terzo Millennio. In true Lamborghini style, it’s a really striking thing and, hopefully, we can expect something similar when Lamborghini show us the next generation of production Aventador. It’s hard to imagine a production car looking this futuristic let alone a more extreme SV or SVJ variant.
Aerodynamics are taken care of by the plethora of large vents found across the car, with high speed rear downforce coming from an active rear spoiler that sits flush with the rear of the car. As with the Aventador and the Murcielago, engine cooling is taken care of by active cooling vanes that sit along the engine lid.
If Siån is sign of things to come at this year’s Frankfurt Motorshow then colour us excited! We’ll have updates throughout the show, so make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram accounts to keep up-to-date with everything that is happening. Before then, we’d like to know what colour you’d have your Lamborghini Siån.