At a time when all brands are putting the package on 100% electric models, Lamborghini continues to improve its atmospheric V12 and does not plan to add turbos.
Let’s be honest and admit that we don’t even know how many versions of the Aventador Lamborghini has produced over the past decade. The replacement for the Murcielago was released in 2011 and although supercars generally do not follow the automotive industry standard in terms of the lifecycle of a product (typically seven years), the Italian de Sant’Agata Bolognese is starting to have a damn long career. Do not worry because a replacement is finally arriving according to rumors reported by our colleagues at Autocar. The British magazine claims that one of the two V12 models already confirmed by Lamborghini will give a glimpse of the heiress of the Aventador scheduled for 2022.
That would make sense considering that the Reventon launched in late 2007 was ultimately a taste of the Aventador. If you recall, Lamborghini Design Director Mitja Borkert said in September 2019, when the Sián FKP 37 debuted, that the design of the hybrid supercar would not serve as the first glimpse of the next-gen V12 model. Now it looks like the new model will have a different design while still inheriting the hybrid powertrain from the Sian, the Italian company’s first electrified production model.
The V12 still has a bright future ahead of it
The company’s technical director, Maurizio Reggiani, has already confirmed that the V12 will not adopt a supercharging system. Yes, no turbo! Instead, a hybrid setup will offer the best of both worlds by increasing total horsepower while helping Lamborghini meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations. An all-wheel drive architecture was under consideration at one point, with the naturally aspirated V12 engine driving the rear wheels and an electric motor powering the front axle.
But weight is the enemy of performance, so the replacement for the Aventador is more likely to use a supercapacitor built into the gearbox with a lithium-ion battery to get extra power without adding too much bulk and weight. In the Sián FKP 37, this system weighs only 34 kilograms, so much less compared to a regular hybrid powertrain. Especially since it delivers 34 horses.
Lamborghini news should be rich in the coming years: a restyled Urus with a plug-in hybrid powertrain will arrive in 2022, while the Huracan will not be replaced until 2024 at the earliest, according to Autocar. A fourth model, possibly a fully electric GT 2 + 2 has been in the works for some time, but is unlikely to hit the market before 2025.