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Lamborghini Sian Is An Electrified Hypercar With 819-HP



Lamborghini Sian Hybrid Hypercar

The most powerful Lamborghini ever also happens to be the brand’s first electrified production car.

This is the Lamborghini Sian, a limited-edition hybrid hypercar that takes its name from the Bolognese word for flash or lightning.

Power is sourced from a naturally aspirated V12 that has been coupled with a supercapacitor and an electric motor to generate a combined output of 819 horsepower, enough propulsion for the driver to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 2.8 seconds and a top 217 mph (349 km/h).

The Sián is Lamborghini’s most powerful model ever and boasts the best power-to-weight ratio of its V12 lineup, thanks largely as a result of using a supercapacitor instead of a traditional lithium-ion battery pack.

“With the Sián we are defining our route to innovation and we are setting new rules in new technologies, instead of just following existing solutions,” says Lamborghini CTO Maurizio Reggiani. “The result is the Lamborghini Sián, which includes the world-first application of a supercapacitor for hybridization and new materials technology.”

The electric motor, which is incorporated into the gearbox and provides a modest 34 horsepower, is supposedly the first time that a low-voltage hybrid motor has been directly connected to a car’s wheels, enabling low-speed reversing and parking maneuvers using electric power alone.

In terms of design, while not as dramatic as the concept, the Lamborghini Sian borrows a lot of its design elements from the Terzo Millennio, featuring perfect supercar proportions that betrays its speed.

As indicated by the ‘63’ badge on the little carbon fiber shark fins at the back, only 63 examples of this dream car will be built, and all have already been sold. Expect pricing to start somewhere around $3.6 million.

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2021 Toyota Rav4 Plug-in Hybrid Is The Most Powerful Rav4 Ever



2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid

It is the most fuel-efficient and the most powerful Rav4 variant.

Toyota has revealed the 2021 Rav4 plug-in hybrid ahead of its official debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

According to the Japanese automaker, the plug-in hybrid Rav4 will utilize the most powerful powertrain in the model’s history, one that delivers “surprising performance capabilities,” including spirited acceleration and nimble handling.

That means it makes more power than the basic Rav4 hybrid variant, which makes due with 219 horsepower.

Visually, the Rav4 plug-in hybrid features unique styling touches that include a black grille and vertical LED fog lights. It will also be offered with a new Supersonic Red paint scheme and bright chrome wheels.

In related news, rival Honda recently revealed the hybrid version of its popular CR-V crossover.

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Next Jaguar F-Type To Be Inspired By C-X75 Supercar Concept?



Jaguar-C-X75 Hybrid Supercar in red

The British sports car could have a mid-engined layout.

Jaguar’s stunning C-X75 supercar concept may actually come to life vicariously though the generation F-Type.

According to sources that spoke with , the company is thinking about giving the F-Type’s successor a mid-engine hybrid configuration or even an all-electric powertrain, switching away from the current mid-front architecture.

Former design director Ian Callum previously revealed that he took part in designing the next F-Type, which could take some inspiration from the C-X75 concept (pictured), featuring an engine positioned just behind the cabin, one possibly sourced from BMW.

Had it been produced, the C-X75 would have done away with the concept’s micro gas-turbine generators for more traditional hybrid setup consisting of a four-cylinder forced-induction engine and a pair of electric motors.

“We could get quite close [to the C-X75],” Callum stated with regards to the next F-Type.

Jaguar still hasn’t made a decision, but it appears to be leaning towards a mid-engined design. Regardless of the configuration it ends up choosing, it’s good that the company is working on a replacement for the F-Type in a market that favors SUVs over sports cars.

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GM Kills The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid For 2020



2016 Chevrolet Malibu Family Car, White

The decision is partly due to the automaker’s promise to go all-in on fully-electric vehicles.

General Motors has discontinue the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, with 2019 marking the final year for the partially-electric family sedan.

The move, as confirmed by company spokesperson to , comes less than a year after the Chevy Volt was killed off. It marks the end of GM’s Voltec hybrid powertrain.

The Malibu lineup received a facelift and a sportier RS trim for the 2019 model year.

Powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four engine and an electric motor, and generating a combined output of combined 182 horsepower, the Malibu Hybrid was able to deliver an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 49 mpg city, 43 mpg highway, and 46 mpg combined. However, it’s battery was too small to allow it to drive on electric power alone.

A shrinking sedan segment, coupled with the niche status of hybrid variants of traditional models, in an automotive landscape increasingly dominated by fuel-efficient crossovers made the Malibu Hybrid a tough sell.

Having shifted its focus to fully-electrified vehicles, GM has seemingly given up on hybrid vehicles. It plans to introduce 20 electric cars by 2023, including a Chevy-badged electric crossover.

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