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Lamborghini Sian 2020: hardcore hypercar does not preview new Aventador

Design chief wants the Italian carmaker’s first hybrid to stand on its own

Lamborghini’s new Sian hypercar is not a forerunner of the next Aventador, according to the company’s design boss.

Speaking to Autocar at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mitja Borkert, Lamborghini’s head of design, said elements of the Sian’s styling will not appear on the next volume production V12 model, despite the company historically previewing new design languages on limited-run cars. 

“There was a certain closeness of design between the Reventon and the Aventador,” Borkert said. “This is exactly what I don’t want to have [with the Sian].”

When the motoring magazine asked Borkert whether the Sian’s radical looks will influence the style of any future models from the Italian marque, he said: “That’s a clear no.”

Borkert’s comments will come as a surprise to Lamborghini aficionados. The limited-edition Reventon from 2007 was almost identical to the 2011 Aventador, as was the track-only Sesto Elemento of 2011 to the company’s entry-level Huracan supercar, which came along three years later. 

The Sian itself is based on the Aventador, though it takes inspiration from the all-electric Terzo Millennio concept that Lamborghini unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. The limited-edition hypercar isn’t just a simple redesign, either, as it packs the company’s first hybrid system.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Sian:

Price and release

The Sian carries a price tag of £3m, the Daily Express says, making it one of the most expensive Lamborghinis to date. Only 63 models are set to reach the production line, all of which have already been sold. 

Design

Like the limited-run models that preceded it, the Sian stands out from the designs of the supercars in Lamborghini’s current line-up.

The new model has a particularly angular look, with distinct lines running from the tip of the nose to the giant diffuser at the back, and small vents and winglets on both sides of the car.

Design traits from the radical Terzo Millennio EV concept have also made their way on to the Sian, including the striking Y-shaped LED headlights and the form of the air intakes that sit behind the doors. 

Lamborghini says that some of the Sian’s angular styling features, such as the “diagonal bonnet lines” and glass engine cover, hark back to the Countach supercar from the 1970s and 1980s, reports Auto Express.

To top it all off, a number of “63” logos are scattered across the car and possibly serve as a reference to the Sian’s production run of 63 models.

Interior

The cabin of the Sian may look familiar to Aventador fans. The new model adopts the same steering wheel design, dashboard layout and digital instrument panel as the Aventador SVJ, albeit with more carbon fibre and leather trim. 

However, the centre console is completely different, with a portrait touchscreen panel plucked from the Huracan Evo, say Car magazine. 

Engine and performance

Although its striking design might suggest the Sian is an all-new model, it actually shares its underpinnings with the hardcore Aventador SVJ

As such, the Sian is powered by a 6.5-litre, naturally aspirated V12 engine producing 774bhp, says Evo. But unlike the Aventador, the Sian also features a hybrid system that delivers an extra 34bhp.

That makes the car Lamborghini’s first electrified production model and its most powerful vehicle to date, with a total output of 808bhp.

And with the combustion engine and electric motor working in tandem, the Sian can charge from zero to 62mph in just 2.8sec, with a maximum speed of 217mph.

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