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You might not be able to buy a Lamborghini Sian, but the 1:8 scale LEGO model is an impressive and detailed alternative instead.

16 Jun 2020

The Lamborghini Sian FKP 37, unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, is a look at the brand's future. By combining hybrid technology with a V12 engine, the Sian produces 807bhp, making it the most powerful production Lamborghini ever produced.

It's ridiculously quick. 0-100km/h takes under 2.8 seconds, and the car tops out at 349km/h. It's ridiculously expensive - the car is priced at approximately S$5 million. It's ridiculously limited - just 63 will be made. And, it's ridiculously sold out. Yup, all 63 have been sold, so you can't buy one, even if you do have 5 million bucks lying around.

However, if you desperately still want a Sian in some form, you could have one for 1/10,000 of the price - this LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sian FKP 37

Raw numbers

Measuring 13cm high, 60m long and 25cm wide, the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sian is an impressive display piece
With 3,696 pieces, this is the largest LEGO car build to be produced (just slightly eclipsing the LEGO Bugatti Chiron). And, it's an extremely sizeable model - the 1:8 scale model measures 13cm high, 60cm long and 25cm wide.

The LEGO Sian also features plenty of details that will delight car fans - a V12 engine with two selectable engine speeds, a pop up rear spoiler, front and rear suspension, scissor doors, and a fully-functioning eight-speed sequential gearbox triggered by a movable paddle shift system.

Pry open the tastily designed box and you'll find six boxes, five of which contains most of the LEGO technic pieces, and the sixth containing the wheels. Set aside a couple of days (this writer took 15 hours in total), and you can get right into building this beast. 

Raw fingers

With seemingly endless tiny and identical parts, the build will leave your fingers sore
The actual building of this LEGO Sian is a long and understandably tiring process, considering many of the LEGO Technic parts are tiny, sharp and absolutely numerous. Prying open a bag of what seems like a hundred identical tiny black pieces is mildly soul-crushing.

However, the sheer engineering and design that has gone into the Sian is deeply impressive. Seeing parts fit together in perfect harmony and symmetry is deeply satisfying, especially for someone with mild OCD tendencies like this writer. 

It is also impressive how the designers have managed to create nuanced curved shapes (such as the front fascia and rear spoiler) out of LEGO parts, which by and large fit together in 90-degree angles. Additionally, the mechanical components, such as the drivetrain mechanisms, are a nerdy delight to piece together.

The LEGO Sian features a functioning transmission that is operated using paddle shifters
It isn't the most complex build - there are a lot of parts, but the instructions are very clear and straightforward. The complexity mainly comes from having a lot of small pieces to create many of the curved sections. There were only maybe five to six instances where you have difficult to reach places that you need to fix something into. 

Sight to behold

Once complete, the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sian is a sight to behold. Brightly coloured, distinctively styled and exuberantly sized, it's undoubtedly an attention grabber - a fitting centrepiece of any display. There's also ample clever detailing, like the head lights and scissor doors, that will invite curious attention.

The LEGO model features plenty of interesting curve shapes and striking details drawn from the production car
As far as a Lego build goes, it's certainly impressive. The process is tedious but thoroughly enjoyable, especially when you see how the various smaller components come together to form a larger whole. The functional parts also provide a smaller amount of play value, though we suspect something like this will most likely be a display piece rather than a play toy.

There are, however, a couple of issues. A small number of the green exterior pieces are of a noticeably different shade of green than the others. The scissor doors also feel flimsy compared to the rest of the build, which is extremely robust and sturdy.

This LEGO will appeal to Lamborghini fans. It's bright green, pointy and has got gold wheels, so yes, this definitely ticks the right Lamborghini boxes.

Fun to build and impressive to behold, the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sian will delight car fans and LEGO enthusiasts alike
Is it a Sian, though? It's a brightly coloured Lamborghini with a V12 engine and doors that open upwards. That's… an Aventador, no?

The big thing about the Sian is that it's a hybrid. It's Lamborghini's first go at a hybrid, which is a pretty bold move from one of the last stalwarts of the naturally aspirated engine. It would have been more impressive and meaningful if this LEGO reflected that, perhaps by including an electric motor in some form or another.

That said, it's still an extremely impressive LEGO set that will certainly impress - fulfilling one fundamental job that a Lamborghini must do, no matter whether it's a 1:1 or 1:8 scale. And hey, if you want a Lamborghini Sian, this might just be the closest you'll ever get to owning one.

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