We catch the latest lunatic level Lamborghini at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Sian means a flash of lightning in the Bolognese Italian dialect, and it's an apt name. With the 0-62 mph sprint time below 2.8 seconds and a top speed of over 217 mph, the Sian sets a new bar as Lamborghini steps into the bold new world of electrification - and it looks incredible as well. The futuristic styling descends from the Terzo Millennio concept but gives a nod to its heritage by blending styling cues from the iconic Countach into the mix. Like all Lamborghini's, the Sian is a statement of intent, and at VW Group Night on the eve of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, we got to see what it looks like up close and personal.
"The fastest Lamborghini must be a visual and symphonic feast, as remarkable to those who see it pass by as those privileged to drive it," said Mitja Borkert, head of design at Lamborghini, and it looks like the mission is accomplished. The styling reminds us that the term "razor-sharp looks" has been abused over time, as the Sian looks it could cut you if you were to be too enthusiastic detailing the bodywork. The styling isn't over-promising if the speed figures Lamborghini gives are accurate. We have no reason to doubt those though considering the drivetrain at the heart of the Sian.
As we expected, Lamborghini's idea of electrification is actually based around the 6.5-liter V12 engine used in the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. There was no way the Italian supercar specialists were going to give us something that wasn't loud and raucous. The maniacal V12 is supported by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to add 34 electric horsepower, bringing the total available to 819 horsepower. Only 63 units will be made, representing the year, 1963, the supercar maker was founded. That still means the new Sian is the most powerful production Lamborghini ever though, taking the crown from the 770 -hp Aventador SVJ.