The Lamborghini Sián Roadster is a limited edition, open-top hybrid that will have you grinning from ear to ear.
When we think of hybrids, it’s easy to think about the now-iconic Prius. Few cars have been the butt of jokes about power and masculinity quite like Toyota’s attempt at defining the future of driving. However, since the Prius was first introduced, car companies – including some of the most coveted marques – have come a long way in developing hybrid models that treat the road like a race track and not just a charging cord.
One such innovation is the new Lamborghini Sián Roadster, a supercar from the Raging Bull built around the brand’s legendary V12 engine, but with the addition of unique hybrid technologies that deliver eye-watering performance and feel good emissions.
Not Your Every Day Hybrid
The roofless design of the Sián Roadster puts an exclusive group of drivers in one of the most spectacular cockpits ever produced by Lamborghini, from which drivers can soak in the sun’s rays and the soul-rumbling sound of the most powerful Lamborghini engine to date. An expression of breathless design and extraordinary performance, the new Sián Roadster embodies future technologies without you having to take stick when you roll up at that next Prius driver-populated barbeque.
The Sián Roadster makes its debut in Blu Uranus, especially selected by Lamborghini’s Centro Stile, which together with the Ad Personam department works with every Sián client to entirely personalize the colour and finish of their Roadster. Encapsulating the blue of the sky and the green of the fields, evoking the freedom and driving elation delivered by the open-top Sián Roadster’s performance, the car is finished with Oro Electrum wheels, while the complementary interior is an elegant combination of white with Blu Glauco detailing and aluminum elements in Oro Electrum, including new-design air vents, produced via 3D printing, that allows customization with the owner’s initials.
Design for the future
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster asserts the futuristic design of the coupé, but as a true roadster adds a new purity with the open-air cabin. The Sián’s long sculptured contours and characteristic aero wings give the pocket rocket an unmistakably powerful profile that’s accentuated by the car’s very low front, with integrated carbon fiber splitter, that houses the iconic Lamborghini Y-shape headlights.
The pure and uncluttered Sián design is a clear statement of the car’s optimized aerodynamic efficiency and technological prowess, with airflow directed through the front splitters, front bonnet, side air intakes, and outlets and over the rear spoiler with no loss of aerodynamic efficiency from the roadster’s roofless design. Cooling vanes on the rear are triggered by the reaction of smart-material elements to the temperature generated by the exhaust system, causing them to rotate and providing an elegant and lightweight cooling solution. Now that’s cool.
Electrification for a New Tomorrow
The Sián Roadster’s hybrid system provides the highest power possible via the lightest solution, combining the V12 engine with a new powertrain. A 48-volt e-motor, delivering 34 hp, is incorporated into the gearbox to provide immediate response and improved performance while also supporting low-speed maneuvers such as reversing and parking.
With Lamborghini’s innovative supercapacitor application – a world-first technology that stores ten times the power of a lithium-ion battery – located in the bulkhead between cockpit and engine, the car features perfect weight distribution. Three times more powerful than a battery of the same weight and three times lighter than a battery producing the same power, the electric system weighs only 34 kg and delivers a remarkable weight-to-power ratio of 1.0 kg/hp.
This advanced technology combines with the V12 engine, which incorporates titanium intake valves and is uprated to 785 hp (577 kW) at 8,500 rpm. Combined with the additional 34 hp from the hybrid system, the Sián Roadster delivers a total of 819 hp (602 kW) and reaches a top speed of over 350 km/h.
Breaks That Charge for a Power Boost
With speed like that, breaking becomes kind of important. Fortunately, the Sián Roadster incorporates a highly sophisticated regenerative braking system that fully charges the Sián’s energy storage system every time the vehicle brakes. The energy stored is an instantly-available power boost, allowing the driver to draw immediately on increased torque when accelerating away. The Sián Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.9 seconds or less time than it took to read this…
The future of driving looks pretty rosy.
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