In the present day, Lamborghini launched a brand new supercar referred to as the Sián. Any new launch out of Sant’Agata Bolognese is thrilling, however this specific car marks a number of firsts each for the marque and the automotive world as a complete: it’s Lamborghini’s quickest and strongest manufacturing automotive ever, it’s utilizing supercapacitors in a model new utility, and it’s the model’s first foray into electrification.
The Sián — translating to “flash” or “lightning” in Bolognese dialect — is a hybrid. And it single-handedly places the ultimate nail within the coffin of “hybrid” being a grimy phrase within the automotive phrase (that’s, cleaner working however lackluster in expertise).
By pairing a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine (the identical used within the Aventador line, as Motor1 notes) with a 48 volt electrical motor, the Sián tops the model’s horsepower charts with 819 HP and the acceleration charts with a zero to 62 MPH time underneath 2.eight seconds. Principally, all that immediately out there torque you’ve heard about from electrical automobiles is being put to good use right here — it has the bottom weight-to-power ratio of all of the marque’s V12 automobiles.
There may be one apparent conundrum that presents itself, and that’s: If electrified automobiles weigh greater than conventional gas-powered automobiles due to batteries (even smaller ones utilized in hybrid automobiles), how is it that the Sián can obtain these information with a battery and what seems to be a comparatively small motor? It’s as a result of the automotive doesn’t use the standard nickel metallic hydride (NiMH) or lithium-ion batteries you’re used to listening to about in automobiles like a Toyota Prius or Tesla. It makes use of supercapacitors.
For those who’ve by no means heard of supercapacitors, Automobile journal recently wrote an explainer of the expertise, however principally “moderately than storing power within the type of chemical compounds, supercapacitors retailer electrical energy in a static state, making them higher at quickly charging and discharging power.” Right here, it weighs a lot lower than a battery would and provides thrice the ability (in comparison with the load). Supercapacitors can’t maintain a cost so long as batteries can (but), however in a hybrid just like the Sián, they provide many advantages, together with proprietary regenerative braking which totally costs the system “each time the car brakes,” in keeping with a press launch.
So there’s quite a bit to like, and be taught, in regards to the Sián proper out of the gate. However the automotive will make its official public debut on the Frankfurt Motor Present, which begins on September 12th, so extra particulars (and actual pictures) are on the best way quickly.
Sadly for any consumers, extra fashions of the Sián are usually not on the best way. As Motor1 factors out, there’s a “63” badge on the carbon fiber fins — a quantity that denotes what number of variations of the car can be provided to the general public. Within the press launch unveiling the automotive, Lamborghini additionally introduced that every one 63 models have already been offered.
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