2020 Lamborghini Sián debuts as hybrid V12 midship

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Lamborghini has succumbed to tightening EU emissions regulations and released what will become its first hybrid vehicle, the bold Sián.

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The Sian – which means ‘flash of lightning’ in the Italian carmaker’s local Bolognese dialect – is based off the existing Aventador. It’ll be limited to just 63 units – honouring the company’s 1963 founding – all of which are sold out for a cool $5.3 million AUD each.

At the heart of the raging bull is a 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 borrowed from the Aventador SVJ, though uprated to 577kW of power. It’s complemented by a 25kW electric motor mounted to the transmission, that boosts power outputs to a stonking 602kW – comfortably making it the most powerful production Lamborghini ever built.

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Drive is sent through the same seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system as its petrol-powered forebear.

Energy for the electric motor comes not from a lithium-ion battery like most EVs, but super-capacitors said to be three times lighter than an aforementioned battery. Mounted behind the passengers for optimal weight distribution, they’re charged through regenerative braking during deceleration, and oust their energy to fill the torque gap between gears, or when the driver requires a performance boost below 130km/h.

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What does Lambo have to show for all this complexity? 0-100km/h takes place in a mere 2.8 seconds, with top speed rated at 350km/h. The real benefits show themselves during rolling acceleration – the 30-60km/h and 70-120km/h runs are 0.2 and 1.2 seconds faster than the SVJ, respectively.

Visually, the Sian is adorned with an abundance of edges and creases. The Y-shaped headlights up from are borrowed from 2017’s Terzo Millenio concept, while the six hexagonal tail-lights are claimed to be inspired by the iconic Countach.

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The Lamborghini Sian is set to make its debut at next week’s Frankfurt motor show, with personalised customer cars likely to arrive in 63 lucky buyers’ garages in 2020.

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