“The Sián Roadster encapsulates the spirit of Lamborghini,” says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It is the expression of breathtaking design and extraordinary performance, but most importantly embodies important future technologies. The Sián’s innovative hybrid powertrain heralds the direction for Lamborghini super sports cars, and the open-top Sián Roadster affirms a desire for the ultimate lifestyle Lamborghini as we move towards a tomorrow demanding new solutions.”
The Sián Roadster makes its debut in Blu Uranus, especially selected by Lamborghini’s Centro Stile, which together with the Ad Personam department works with every Sián client to entirely personalize the color and finish of their Roadster. Encapsulating the blue of the sky and the green of the fields, evoking the freedom and driving elation delivered by the open top Sián Roadster’s performance, the car is finished with Oro Electrum wheels: the color chosen by Lamborghini to signify electrification. The complementary interior is an elegant combination of white with Blu Glauco detailing and aluminum elements in Oro Electrum: new-design air vents produced via 3D printing allows customization with a client’s initials.
Design for the future
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster asserts the futuristic design of the coupé, but as a true roadster adds a new purity with the open-air cabin. The aerial view of the Sián Roadster is evocative of the iconic periscopio line inspired by the first Countach, running diagonally from the cockpit to the rear and culminating in the aerodynamic airstreamers behind driver and passenger. The Sián’s long sculptured contours and characteristic aero wings give the Sián Roadster an unmistakably powerful profile. The car’s very low front, with integrated carbon fiber splitter, houses the iconic Lamborghini Y-shape headlights.
The pure and uncluttered Sián design is a clear statement of the car’s optimized aerodynamic efficiency and technological prowess: airflow is directed through the front splitters and through the front bonnet, through the side air intakes and outlets and over the rear spoiler, with no loss of aerodynamic efficiency from the roadster’s roofless design. Active cooling vanes on the rear use unique materials-science technology patented by Lamborghini: operation of the vanes is triggered by the reaction of smart-material elements to the temperature generated by the exhaust system, causing them to rotate and providing an elegant and lightweight cooling solution.
The extreme and strong rear of the car incorporates Lamborghini’s evocative hexagon design, including six hexagonal taillights inspired by the Countach. The rear wing is integrated within the profile and extends out only during the driving to enhance the performance.
Electrification and hybrid technologies for a new tomorrow
The low, powerful chassis houses a next-generation V12 powerplant: ‘Sián’ in local Bolognese dialect, meaning ‘flash’ or ‘lightening’, denotes the Sián Roadster’s electrification as part of the future hybrid strategy, while maintaining the extraordinary emotion and dynamic performance inherent in naturally aspirated Lamborghini super sports cars.
The Sián Roadster’s hybrid system provides the highest power possible via the lightest solution, combining the V12 engine with a new powertrain. A 48-volt e-motor, delivering 34 hp, is incorporated into the gearbox to provide immediate response and improved performance. The e-motor also supports low-speed maneuvers such as reversing and parking with electric power.
The Sián Roadster sports Lamborghini’s innovative supercapacitor application: a world-first technology storing ten times the power of a lithium-ion battery. Located in the bulkhead between cockpit and engine it ensures perfect weight distribution. Three times more powerful than a battery of the same weight and three times lighter than a battery producing the same power, the electric system with the supercapacitor and e-motor weighs only 34 kg, thus it delivers a remarkable weight-to-power ratio of 1.0 kg/hp. Symmetric power flow ensures the same efficiency in both charging and discharging cycles: the most lightweight and efficient hybrid solution.
This advanced technology combines with the V12 engine, which incorporates titanium intake valves and is uprated to 785 hp (577 kW) at 8,500 rpm. Combined with the additional 34 hp from the hybrid system, the Sián Roadster delivers a total of 819 hp (602 kW) and reaches a top speed of over 350 km/h.
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster incorporates a highly sophisticated regenerative braking system, especially developed by Lamborghini. The symmetric behavior of the supercapacitor, which contrary to normal Li-Ion batteries can be charged and discharged with the same power, fully charges the Sián’s energy storage system every time the vehicle brakes. The energy stored is an instantly-available power boost, allowing the driver to draw immediately on increased torque when accelerating away, up to 130 km/h when the e-motor automatically disconnects, improving the elasticity maneuvers and making it more than 10% faster than a car without this system.
The innovative system also delivers instant acceleration in low gears, with improved traction force provided by the combination of V12 engine and hybrid system. The Sián Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.9 seconds. The improvement in elasticity maneuvers is even more evident, for example traction force is improved by up to 10% in third gear.
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster benefits from a heightened level of driving comfort facilitated by the hybrid system alongside dynamic handling and performance. The moment when deceleration and missing torque is felt during gear changes powered by a traditional combustion engine, is eliminated by the torque upshift fill provided by the hybrid’s e-motor: the pilot will feel only the pull backward of acceleration, eliminating uncomfortable jerking movements.
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From today, Bentley is adding to its full spectrum of exterior paints available on the Continental GT family with the introduction of three new options: Viridian, Patina and Snow Quartz. With the addition of the panoramic glass roof and further paint colours the number of configurations possible continues to grow, nearly surpassing 10 billion variations that a customer can personalise to their requirements.
Viridian is a modern take on the traditional British Racing Green, and the dark emerald metallic hue is inspired by that used on Bentley’s EXP10 Speed 6 concept car. The deep agate green with light green and blue undertones creates depth and a sporty dimension, and tiny flecks of amber and gold embody a sense of luxury.
Patina is inspired by the beautiful atmosphere and aura of polished metals with blends of champagne and silk. With an air of luxury and opulence, this mid-tone cream is enriched with the faintest hint of subtle greens.
Snow Quartz is a modern white three layer pearlescent paint which creates a simple and fresh silhouette. The finely layered pearl effect creates a beautiful shimmering and lustrous whiteness, providing an infinite number of opportunities to complement interior colour combinations.
Bentley’s panoramic glass roof is now available on all Continental GT coupes – alongside the new Bentayga and new Flying Spur - giving a new perspective whilst illuminating the exquisite craftsmanship of the cabin. The sunroof is equipped with polarised glass that reduces glare allowing occupants a clearer view of their surroundings, and an interior blind that is electronically operated from the console within. The blind is clad in Alcantara® to match one of the 15 headliner colours available.
A new style steering wheel is introduced as standard, with a revised shape and profile. The new wheel includes capacitive sensing throughout the wheel rim, allowing the steering wheel to detect when it is being held – a vital new safety measure for the car’s semi-autonomous Driver Assistance Systems, where new legislation stipulates that drivers must keep in contact with the wheel at all times when the car is moving.
Bentley designers also took this opportunity to revise the colour split of the steering wheel creating a more elegant look and finished with a chrome bezel at the bottom of the vertical spoke.
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to reveal the shortlist of its Young Designer Competition, which has attracted more than 5,000 entries from children aged 16 and under in more than 80 countries around the world.
The competition aimed to stimulate design talent, inspire greatness and provide a welcome distraction for children living under Covid-19 self-isolation and social-distancing restrictions. Contestants were asked to design their dream Rolls-Royce of the future, incorporating Bespoke features and capabilities they could conjure from their imagination.
Launched in early April, the competition proved so popular that the original mid-May deadline for submissions was extended by two weeks. When entries finally closed on 2 June 2020, more than 5,000 illustrations had been received from aspiring young designers in over 80 countries.
From these entries, the Rolls-Royce Design team has selected shortlisted entries, which are available to view in a special online viewing room. The overall winner will be announced in mid-July.
Gavin Hartley, Head of Bespoke Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, who will be selecting the winners together with members of his team, said, “We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the international response to our Young Designer Competition. And it’s not just the number of entries that has impressed us - the quality of the children’s designs is staggering, showing incredible imagination, creativity and flair. We wanted to give children the chance to let their imagination flow freely – it’s clearly struck a chord. They’ve responded magnificently – and given us an extremely difficult task in selecting our shortlist and winner!”
He added, “Rolls-Royce encourages and enables the pursuit of dreams. As well as giving children a way to express their visions, this competition has really inspired us as a design team. It’s reminded us of the sheer power of the human imagination, and challenges us to bring that sense of scale, possibility and greatness to making our customers’ dreams a reality.”
The shortlisted entries can be viewed at: https://rolls-royceyoungdesignercompetition.com/
The latest member of the Chiron family undergoes fine tuning at the Nürburgring
Molsheim/Nürburgring, 1 July 2020. The Nordschleife is considered the most demanding circuit in the world, which is why it is nicknamed the “Green Hell”. 33 left-hand bends and 40 right-hand bends, 17 per cent uphill and downhill slopes and a difference in altitude of 300 metres over a length of 20.832 kilometres: any vehicle that can cope with this difficult track quickly and without problems is perfectly fine-tuned. So it's the ideal place to test the final set-up for the suspension and handling of the new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport1.
After weeks of test runs on various circuits and public roads, the new hyper sports car is undergoing its final handling tests at the Nürburgring before the chassis control software responsible for steering, dampers and ESC is locked in. From this point until the start of production, all systems are checked whether they work together correctly in the stress test. The engineers pay attention to the overall impression: “It's extremely important to us for the Chiron Pur Sport customer to instantly sense the much more radical approach we’re taking with this car in terms of driving dynamics. With its unusual topography, numerous bends and the high-speed section from Döttinger Höhe onwards, the Nordschleife is very demanding for both driver and vehicle so it’s ideal for our new car, which is streamlined for agility and speed,” says Stefan Ellrott, Head of Development at Bugatti. “This is why we’re running the final tests for fine-tuning the suspension and safety systems here in the Eifel. In addition to driving on the track, we also go out on the motorways and public roads around the Nürburgring, since there are lots of roads with curves and hills here. We are really satisfied with the results of our work.”
In the course of the test drives, the engineers make sure the Chiron Pur Sport runs perfectly, not just in extreme situations but on a day-to-day basis too. “The customer's impression of the car in everyday use is just as much a focus for us as running on the track – in this way we ensure that the proven versatility of this member of the Chiron2 family is equally tangible. The vehicle has to be extremely precise and predictable, but also easy to drive in the usual Bugatti manner – whether on tracks or public roads,” says Jachin Schwalbe, Head of Chassis Development.
With its optimized aerodynamics, shorter gear ratio and completely new tires, the Chiron Pur Sport is considered the most agile member of the Chiron family. It costs 3 million euros net and is limited to 60 units. Production at the company’s headquarters in Molsheim, France, will begin in the second half of 2020.
1 Fuel consumption, l/100km: not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC as overall type approval is currently not yet available
2 Fuel consumption, l/100km: urban 35.2 / extra-urban 15.2 / combined 22.5; combined CO2 emissions, g/km: 516; efficiency class: G
WLTP: Fuel consumption, l/100km: low 43.3 / medium 22.2 / high 18.0 / particularly high 18.3 / combined 22.3; CO2 emissions, combined, g/km: 506; efficiency class: G
New Bentayga is first car of Bentley’s Beyond100 business strategy
Bentley to reveal new Bentayga at 17:00 BST on 30 June
Pinnacle SUV benchmark to be raised even higher
Bentayga to continue to have the widest brief of any car on sale (Crewe, 23 June 2020) Bentley will reveal the new Bentayga to the world at 17:00 BST on 30 June.
The new Bentayga will be the first car launched under Bentley’s new Beyond100 business strategy, a journey that will see the company become the world leader in sustainable luxury mobility. The Bentayga will continue to be the fastest, most luxurious and most versatile SUV in the world, offering a true Bentley driving experience and showcasing unparalleled luxury combined with effortless performance and everyday usability.
A choice of seating configurations and powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid, will continue to be offered in due course. The new Bentayga is set to build on the popularity of the first generation model of which more than 20,000 examples have now been handcrafted. The Bentayga set the luxury SUV benchmark back in 2016, offering customers the ultimate Grand Touring experience unrestricted by landscape or conditions.
Go-anywhere driving ability and imperious luxury are the hallmarks of the Bentayga – powerful, individual and exquisite in equal measure, the Bentayga is for those who demand luxury without compromise. Now, Bentley raises the bar for the luxury SUV sector even higher. Others will strive to achieve the same combination of luxury and performance – but none can do it like Bentley.