Lamborghini has revealed its first hybrid supercar, dubbed the Sian, ahead of its official debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Translating from the Bolognese dialect as flash or lightning, the aptly lightning-fast Sian is officially the most powerful car the company has built to date, the Sian is underpinned by a tweaked version of the 6.5-litre V12 seen in the Aventador SVJ that produces 577kW at a screaming 8500rpm, while the addition of an electric motor inside its gearbox boosts total power to a mega 602kW.
According to Lamborghini, the Sian will undercut the already staggering performance of the SVJ, with a supposed 0-100km/h time of less than 2.8 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 350km/h.
In a forward-thinking twist, the debut hybrid Lambo doesn’t use a standard-fare lithium-ion battery pack like you’d expect to see, but rather, it uses super capacitors to store recovered energy from braking that are claimed to be three times more powerful than a traditional battery back of the same weight.
The super capacitors are located between the mid-mounted engine and the cabin for optimal weight distribution, too, with the power they store being fired off to fill in the torque gap during gear changes or at full throttle when below 130km/h.
Outside, the Sian sports a few styling cues from other Lamborghini models, including the six hexagonal taillights taking inspiration from the Countach, while the headlights are a nod to the Terzo Millenio concept car.
Just 63 examples of the Sian are set to be built, with the number chosen to represent the company’s founding in 1963. All of those build slots are accounted for already, it’s worth noting, with all of them likely to have been snapped up by the company’s most loyal and favoured customers.
The Verde Gea example you see pictured here will go on display at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show which commences on Thursday September 12, although for those not in or heading to Germany, you can check out the full gallery of shots below right now.