Lamborghini is getting ready to launch the long-awaited replacement for the Aventador in 2022 – and the new V12 supercar will feature an all-new hybrid powertrain to get ready for the ‘electric era’.
Lamborghini Aventador successor to use V12-hybrid powertrain
- Lamborghini is also working on an all-electric model
- Supercapacitor technology to be used in the Aventador replacement
- Huracan to also be replaced by 2024-2025
The new flagship machine from the manufacturer based in Sant’Agata, Italy is due to be revealed this year and will go on sale shortly after the arrival of a plug-in hybrid version of the Urus SUV. It is set to be the final series-production Lamborghini supercar to use the firm’s fabled 6.5-litre V12, with the subsequent generation likely to adopt electric power.
Lamborghini’s Aventador successor to feature Sián hypercar’s hybrid technology
Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, said the initial focus this year is the launch of the Huracán Super Trofeo Omologato, but he hinted that two new V12 machines will also be revealed in 2021.
No specific details about these models have been shared, sources suggest one is a final Aventador-based special using similar supercapacitor technology to the 819hp Sián hypercar and it is possible that the other will be the first glance at the Aventador’s replacement.
The next-generation V12 flagship has been delayed many times, because of the coronavirus but mainly because of Lamborghini’s push to develop hybrid technology that will suit the needs and character of its supercar.
“The challenge is how to match the requests of the legislators while not diluting the expectations of customers in the coming years,” said Winkelmann. “This is what we are working on right now.”
Lamborghini technical boss Maurizio Reggiani has confirmed that the Aventador successor will retain a naturally aspirated V12, with a hybrid element used to pump extra power and efficiency and replace the need for a turbocharger. Reggiani also hinted that Lamborghini was also considering a four-wheel-drive system similar to the Ferrari SF90, with the V12 driving the rear axle and an electric motor on the front wheels and torque vectoring used to balance the power.
Lamborghini has invested heavily in its supercapacitor technology, developed in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as they want to keep their cars under the increasing emission limit.
In the Sián, the V12 is tuned for 784hp, with the supercapacitor, which is built into the gearbox, able to deliver an extra 33hp. The system weighs 34kg, considerably less than that of a traditional hybrid. However, although a supercapacitor can store more power than a comparably sized lithium-ion battery, it is only designed to rapidly charge and discharge power, making it unable to offer electric-only running and limiting its effectiveness at reducing emissions.
Winkelmann said,: “The Sián is a success story because we understood you have to sell electrification by giving a benefit to the owners of super sports cars.” He added that “this approach is just a small step into what we’re going to do in the future”.
Although exact technical details of the next-generation model have not been disclosed, it is likely to offer something close to the 819hp output of the Sián powertrain.
Lamborghini’s electric strategy for the coming years
Winkelmann also said that their key priority is to develop “a clear vision” of what electrification means for the brand. “We have to do this so that we remain Lamborghini by reinventing Lamborghini – to change everything not to change anything,” he said.
As well as the Lamborghini Aventador replacement and updated Urus, Lamborghini will replace the Huracan probably by 2024 or 2025. Beyond that, the focus is on the brand’s future strategy, with emissions legislation pushing car firms to become electric only.
Asked about a fully electric Lamborghini, Winkelmann said Lamborghini is currently “finalising its plans”. He added, “It’s not only what we talk about. It’s walking the walk that is the tough thing, so we are looking into the financial situation to see year on year what we are able to do. It’s clear I can have a dream, but it must be a real one.”
Winkelmann said his “focus is on the existing models and their next-generation” but added that “given our success and the analysis of the market, a fourth model is something that, in my opinion, is very possible for a brand like ours”.