Lamborghini Sian Marks the End of An Era for Lamborghini
Or does it?by Kirby Garlitos, on LISTEN 06:50
The fate of the Lamborghini Aventador remains in flux as recent rumors indicate that Sant’Agata Bolognese is moving the release of the Aventador’s successor to 2024. With so much time between now and 2024, it is a bit weird that Lambo keeps rolling out limited edition send-off models for the Aventador. The timing has become somewhat confusing, but make no mistake, we’re not complaining about the continued release of these special edition hypercars. In fact, the more the merrier.
Well, add another one to the fold as Lamborghini prepares to unleash another era-defining exotic in the form of the Sian hypercar at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Details are still scarce at this point, but the Sian is supposedly a redesigned and hybridized version of another “tribute to the Aventador” special edition model: the SVJ Aventador. Whatever this thing is, you can be sure that the Sian has our full and undivided attention.
We’ve known for a while now that Lamborghini has something special in store for the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. We’ve also known that this “something special” is attached to the Lamborghini Aventador, specifically the limited edition Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Now that we’ve been introduced to the Lamborghini Sian, most of what we knew then turned out to be true. Well, except for a few things.
See, it was established — or at least we all thought it was — that Lamborghini is preparing to say goodbye to the Aventador after almost eight years in the market.
While it’s not as long as the nine-year production run of the Aventador’s predecessor, the Lamborghini Murcielago, eight years still counts as a life well-lived in automotive circles, especially for a flagship supercar like the Aventador. It’s unclear as to what exactly happened, but the direction of the wind within Lamborghini appears to have shifted in recent days. According to new rumors, the automaker’s top decision-makers have decided to extend the Aventador’s production run until 2024. This is still a rumor and, as such, should be treated as one. Then again, it would be interesting to see what Lamborghini makes out of the Aventador now that it’s going to be around for another four-odd years.
It also throws into question what the Lamborghini Sian is for. Initially, the model was supposed to be a tribute piece to the Aventador as the latter nears its swan song. Based on what we know about the Sian, it’s also supposed to bridge the gap between the current Aventador and its eventual successor. That’s why the Sian’s hybrid powertrain doesn’t come as much of a surprise. It was expected, in many ways, because the model replacing the Aventador is tipped to go the hybrid route as Lambo tries to preserve its naturally aspirated V-12 engines without resorting to turbochargers. There’s more to it than engine preservation, but this Frankfurt-bound model was supposed to be the key to Lamborghini’s future, one that starts after the Aventador’s era ends.
But now that Lamborghini is reportedly pushing the Aventador’s replacement to 2024, it stands to ask why Lamborghini is launching the Sian hybrid hypercar now when this kind of setup won’t be realized, at least in a grand scale relative to Lamborghini’s goals, for four more years?
Perhaps Lamborghini just wants to show off and flex its muscles to its adoring fan base. It won’t be the first time that it resorted to such tactics. And for what it’s worth, the Lamborghini Sian is worthy of all the muscle-flexing that Lamborghini can work up.
The Lamborghini Sian is, officially, the most powerful production model Lamborghini has ever created. There’s no need for speculating anymore, folks. The Sian is powered by the same 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V-12 engine as the Aventador SVJ. The big difference is that the Sian will also come with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that will provide added boost to the supercar’s overall output. Whereas the Aventador SVJ’s V-12 engine produces 770 horsepower, the Sian will have more power in tow, thanks to the V-12 engine and the mild-hybrid system that adds an extra 34 horsepower into the mix. That brings the total output to 819 horsepower, bumping the aforementioned Aventador SVJ a rung lower in the annals of most powerful Lamborghini in history.
Performance numbers are just as impressive, maybe even more if you look at it from the context of what the Aventador SVJ is capable of when you give it a clear stretch of road.
A seven-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift characteristics routes power to all four wheels through an electrically-controlled all-wheel-drive system with a nifty rear mechanical self-locking differential. With all these systems working in smoothly, the Sian can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, which is exactly the same time achieved by the Aventador SVJ. A bit surprising? Yeah. But while the two exotics are in lock-step when it comes to their respective 0-to-62-mph times, the Sian is faster than the Aventador SVJ in the 19-to-37-mph run and the 43-to-74-mph run by 0.2 seconds and 1.2 seconds, respectively.
Visually, the Lamborghini Sian looks like an absolute stunner. Lamborghini adopted a lot of the SVJ’s styling cues in the design of the Sian, but it also sprinkled in a few details from the Terzo Millennio Concept, too. The Sian’s headlights, for example, are taken directly from the radical concept. Over in the back, you can see the same “63” livery on the car’s rear wing like the one on the Aventador SVJ. That’s not an accident, folks. That’s a possible nod to the Lamborghini’s founding year of 1963 and the likely production volume of the Sian. If the latter holds true, the Sian will be limited to just 63 units, just like the Aventador SVJ. None of it is gonna matter, though, because all available models of the Sian, however many, are all accounted for. That’s the kind of frenzy you can expect whenever Lamborghini launches a new model, especially if it’s as limited as we expect the Sian to be.
For the record, the Lamborghini Sian looks like another incredible creation from Lamborghini.
There’s nothing wrong about the hypercar as it is. Still, it’s worth wondering if Lamborghini’s decision to unveil its first-ever production hybrid supercar at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show has any effect on recent rumors that the Aventador, the model that’s supposed to be on its way out, will still be around for the next four years. Should we expect more swan-song models like the SVJ and the Sian in the next four years, or is this rumored life extension nothing more than someone’s flight of fancy?
Hopefully, Lamborghini clears all of it up soon because it’s all getting a tad too confusing.
|Engine||V12, 60°, MPI (Multi Point Injection)|
|Displacement||6,498 cm³ (396.5 cu in)|
|Bore x Stroke||95 mm x 76.4 mm (3.74 x 3.01 in)|
|Compression ratio||11.8 ± 0.2|
|Max power||774 hp @ 8,500 rpm|
|Max torque||720 Nm @ 6,750 rpm + 40 Nm electric|
|Max operating current||600A|
|Max Power||34 HP|
|Max Torque||38 Nm|
|Combined power||808 hp|
|Weight to power ratio||<1,98 kg/CV|
|Transmission||Electronically controlled all-wheel drive system (Haldex gen. IV) with rear mechanical self-locking differential|
|Gearbox||ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) gearbox with 7 speeds, shifting characteristic depending on drive select mode, electric motor works during the shifting and as boost|
|Top Speed||>350 km/h (217 mph)|
|0 to 62 mph||<2,8 s|
Read our full review on the 2020 Lamborghini Sian.
Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
Read our full review on the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S.
Read our full review on the 2017 Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept.
Source: The Drive