We've just about had time to get over the shock of Lamborghini – a brand that has come to represent automotive excess in both shape and substance more than any other company in the last couple of decades – turning its attention towards electric motoring.
Thankfully, they soothed our nerves somewhat by unveiling their vision of the hybrid future with the utterly insane LB48H Terzo Millennio hypercar earlier this year, and thankfully, their second crack at – this time a hybrid super sports car modeled as a way of bringing cars like the Aventador into the future – is also suitably mad. It's called the Sián, which means 'Flash' or 'Lightning' in the Bolognese dialect.
Naturally, they've stll gone about the process of hybridisation in the most Lamborghini of ways. The 34 kg electric motor, which is fitted with a supercapacitor and hooked up to the gearbox for instant performance, delivers about 35 additional kilowatts of power on top of the 577kW available from an uprated version of the V12 used in the Aventador.
“The Sián is a masterpiece in possibilities,” said Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, in a statement. “Not only does the Sián deliver a formidable hyper-car design and engineering tour de force today, it augments the potential for Lamborghini as a super sports car brand for tomorrow and for decades to come, even as hybridisation becomes more desirable and inevitably essential."
As with the other hybrid supercars it's been modelled after, the car's hybrid nature has been utilised mainly in the pursuit of performance. Unfortunately, it's not quite capable of pootling around town purely under the power of its motors, but it can park and reverse on electric power. The rest of the power goes into getting more out of the engine, with the car capable of a top speed in excess of 350kph.
Naturally, the electric motor also slashes the car's 0-100 time dramatically and actually makes the Sián the fastest-accelerating Lamborghini ever, achieving 0 to 100 kph in less than 2.8 seconds
"With the Sián, Automobili Lamborghini demonstrates its dynastic strength as a legendary super sports car brand for the future,” continued Domenicali.
Unfortunately, while it's a step for Lamborgini towards a hybridised future, it's not an entirely accessible one for most consumers. Only 63 Siáns will be made, all of which have already been sold.
Check out more photos of the Sian below, and in case you missed it, check out Bugatti's jaw-dropping, record-breaking 480kph run