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Lamborghini Sián FKP 37: Manufacturer’s 1st Hybrid Sports Car

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37: Manufacturer’s 1st Hybrid Sports Car

Lamborghini’s Hybrid Sports Car Venture

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - Front - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Front – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

On September 3, 2019, Lamborghini unveiled their newest model, the Sián, at the Frankfurt Auto Show! The Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is a mid-engine hybrid sports car, a 1st for the manufacturer. But, it’s definitely not the first for their parent company, Volkswagen. Either way, this is a big step towards the upcoming EV future for the company. And, even though it’s a hybrid, it’s as close to a traditional Lambo as it could be. Why? That’s because this car boasts a V12 engine… so yea… it’s definitely still a Lamborghini at heart. Next, let’s take a dive into this stunning automobile as it is truly an Italian powerhouse.

6.5-Liter V12 + 48-Volt Electric Motor System

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Lamborhini Sián FKP 37 is an absolute monster of a hybrid sports car. On top on a 6.5-liter V12 engine, this car includes a 48-volt electric motor. Starting with the V12, this engine boasts 774 horsepower and 531 lb.-ft. of torque. Providing support, the electric motor provides an additional 34 horsepower and 28 lb.-ft. of torque. Confusingly, Lamborghini claims this hybrid has 819 horsepower, but the numbers on their site didn’t add up. Either way, it’s a ton of power for a hybrid!

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Diving a bit more specifically, let’s take a look at the battery and performance numbers. The low voltage 48-V system includes a lithium-ion supercapacitor. This inclusion is 3x more powerful than a battery with the same weight. Being a low voltage setup, this allows current to reach up to 600 A. This power goes directly to the rear wheels, and braking inertia is used to recharge the capacitor. As per performance numbers, the Sián should be able to reach 60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds. Furthermore, it should reach a top speed of over 217 mph. That’s awesome!

A Deeper Discussion of Specifications

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

With a carbon fiber monocoque and body, the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is a lightweight masterpiece. On top, the roof includes electrochromic glass fixed on the monocoque. And, on the front, this car boasts a new electrically powered active aero system. Next, stepping underneath, the powertrain of the Sián is an AWD system with a 7-speed ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) gearbox. Finally, going back to the exterior, this car has 20” wheels on the front and 21” wheels on the rear.

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Lamborghini Sián boasts a push rod magneto rheologic active front and rear suspension. Furthermore, slowing down the tires are dual hydraulic circuit brakes with a vacuum booster. On the handling side, the car contains a LDS (Lamborghini Dynamic Steering) system with a variable ratio. And, don’t worry about safety! This car has front dual stage airbags with an adaptive passenger airbag. Continuing, this car also has side “head-thorax” airbags and knee airbags in select markets.

Ready to Drive the Hybrid Lamborghini Sián?

Check Out the New LAMBORGHINI SIAN! | FIRST LOOK – Shmee150

Overall, the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is another engineering feat by the manufacturer. With all of this power and high-quality race-based engineering, this car will be a beast on the track. But, how much will it cost? How many will Lambo produce? Well, this car will reach a price of around $3.6 million USD. Time to start saving now! Secondly, Lamborghini aims to produce only 63 units of this car, so it is quite limited! So, even with the funds in hand, it will be difficult to order one of these cars. Regardless, Lambo does offer more reasonable options other such as the Aventador. In conclusion, Congrats to Lamborghini on their first hybrid – everyone will be waiting to see what’s next!

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - Rear Corner Stance - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Rear Corner Stance – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo vs. Turbo S Comparison

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo vs. Turbo S Comparison

Welcome to the 2020 Porsche EV!

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

For the 2020 model year, Porsche is planning to deliver the Taycan in two variants, the Turbo and the Turbo S. The Porsche Taycan Turbo begins at a base price of $150,900 whereas the Turbo S will begin at $185,000. So, to upgrade from Turbo to Turbo S, expect to spend an additional $34,100 before taxes. Although, there are incentives for purchasing EVs and going green. And, furthermore, with this Porsche, going green sounds good… real good! Now, let’s take a dive into the differences between these two models.

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Taycan Turbo vs. Turbo S Specs

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S - Side by Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Side by Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S differ in a few ways, and not so much in others, such as AWD. Firstly, the Turbo S has a carbon fiber trim that stands out. Secondly, the S sports carbon ceramic brakes with 21” wheels. Thirdly, and lastly, the Turbo S has a larger front motor. Both vehicles have a normal driving mode with 617 horsepower. But, in overboost mode, the Turbo hits 671 horsepower while the Turbo S reaches 751 horsepower. Yep… the Turbo S has 80 more horsepower where it counts… in overboost.

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S - Charging Port - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Charging Port – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Furthermore, the Turbo has 627 lb.-ft. of torque while the Turbo S boasts 774 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s almost 150 lb.-ft. difference… wow! Regardless of power, both cars max out around 162 mph top speed. So, let’s check those track times! The Taycan Turbo can reach 60 mph in only 3.2 seconds and finish a quarter mile in 11.1 seconds. On the other hand, the Turbo S hits 60 mph in only 2.6 seconds with a quarter mile time of 10.8 seconds. So, as expected, the Turbo S performs better on the track, or highway. Just think of it as an upgraded Mission E.

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Which 2020 Taycan Variant is Better?

FIRST LOOK: Porsche Taycan Turbo | Top Gear – YouTube

So, which Taycan is better? Obviously the Porsche Taycan Turbo S is the current crème of the crop. With a ton more horsepower and torque, this is no surprise… also an additional $34,100. Before concluding, let’s take a dive into the charging and mileage. Porsche claims the Taycan can go from 5 to 80% charge in only 22.5 minutes. This is due to a 350-kW 800-V DC setup. But, for the first year, Porsche will only offer 250-kW systems. On the mileage side, the Turbo will complete 237-280 miles per charge and the Turbo S roughly 241-256 miles. While the batteries provide most of the energy, this car also boasts regenerative brakes. Overall, the Taycan is an awesome car, regardless of which model makes it home to the garage.

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Special Bugatti Chiron Sport Reaches 304 MPH on Test Track!

Special Bugatti Chiron Sport Reaches 304 MPH on Test Track!

A Custom Bugatti Chiron Sport Longtail

Special Bugatti Chiron Sport with Longtail - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Special Bugatti Chiron Sport with Longtail – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Recently, news headlines across all automotive sites, and even non-auto sites, are shining light on the Bugatti Chiron Sport’s recent accomplishment. What is this achievement? Well, the Bugatti Chiron was able to reach 304 mph! Yes, you read that correctly! On the Ehra-Lessien Test Track, Bugatti completed a one direction run with a custom Chiron. Why one direction? Nobody knows, but due to this, the car did not set the Guinness World Record… more on that below. Either way, reaching over 300 mph is a leap forward in the world of auto transportation!

Special Bugatti Chiron Sport with Longtail - Front Corner in Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Special Bugatti Chiron Sport with Longtail – Front Corner in Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Is 300 MPH Even Possible!? Yes… Yes, It Is.

Special Bugatti Chiron Sport with Longtail - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Special Bugatti Chiron Sport with Longtail – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

So, many people wonder… is 300 mph even possible!? The simple answer is… yes… yes, it is. The Chiron’s 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine boasts 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb.-ft. of torque. Beyond this, the record reaching Bugatti Chiron Sport has a few modifications. Firstly, there is a Dallara custom longtail body on this version. This extension equates to 10” longer than the base Chiron. Furthermore, this car sports a laser-controlled system for ride height. With these additions, the car was considered safe enough to make the run. But VW wasn’t willing to test the car anywhere else, or more than once. And, even worse, Bugatti will no longer attempt to set speed records for production cars as of recent news.

Special Bugatti Chiron Sport with Longtail - Rear Side Longtail View - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Special Bugatti Chiron Sport with Longtail – Rear Side Longtail View – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

So, Why No Guinness World Record?

Bugatti Chiron longtail hits 304 mph (490 kph) – MOTOR1 – YouTube

Finally, to conclude the article, why is there no Guinness World Record for this accomplishment? Well, the Guinness rules state that 2 attempts must be made, in both directions, and the average would be used for the record. Since the Chiron Sport didn’t make a second run, it couldn’t set a Guinness record. But it definitely set a record… nobody can deny that. Regardless of being in the book, or not. On the Ehra-Lessien Test Track, this Chiron reached exactly 304.773 mph (490.484 kph). Overall, this is an achievement by all means, so congratulations to Bugatti!

Special Bugatti Chiron Sport with Longtail - Celebrating 304 MPH - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Special Bugatti Chiron Sport with Longtail – Celebrating 304 MPH – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift