Lamborghini’s V12 hypercars date back to the 1966 Miura and the Italian firm has ensured that each of the four models launched since then has had a long lifespan, including the outgoing Aventador that was introduced in 2011. Now, it’s almost time for a new one and we’ve already seen it testing in prototype form.
The new car will undertake a drastic change from the Aventador in terms of its powertrain with the use of electrification. We’ve seen the new Lamborghini before on a private track, but this is the first time we’ve seen it on the road. As before, the classic wedge shape is prominent, with an angular nose, low roofline and long rear deck, but now the design details are bolder than ever.
The headlights have overlapping hood parts to give it an aggressive look and we can see air intakes in the bumper, channeling air to the front brakes. There are huge brake calipers behind the test wheels and to the side we see two more entries (like the Aventador). The electrical warning label gives away the electrified powertrain.
Classic Lamborghini design cues like pointed wing mirrors, double-bubble roof and trapezoidal brake lights are found in this test car. Lamborghini has been creative with the camouflage of the taillights, however, with the actual lights positioned alongside high-mounted quad exhaust tips. At the bottom is a large diffuser that will work in conjunction with an active rear spoiler.
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann has already hinted that the company’s new flagship supercar will come with a clean-sheet V12 hybrid powertrain.
The company recently announced it would launch the Aventador’s naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine following production of the 769bhp LP 780-4 Ultimae special edition, marking the start of the brand’s ambition to launch a range of cars. fully hybrid in 2024.
It was thought that Lamborghini’s push towards electrification might have ended the brand’s relationship with the V12 engine, bringing with it downsizing and turbocharging. However, Winkelmann has since confirmed that this will not be the case.
He also suggested that the hybrid powertrain earmarked for Lamborghini’s new flagship won’t share any common components with the limited-edition 808bhp Sian hybrid supercar, with the firm planning an all-new V12 engine, battery pack and hybrid system.
In an interview with autoblogWinkelmann said: “The technology is different, it’s a completely new engine, a completely new powertrain, a new battery, everything is completely new. There is nothing outside the Sián or outside the Aventador”. However, like its predecessors, Winkelmann said the car will still have four-wheel drive, active aerodynamics, four-wheel steering and be built from carbon fiber.
Lamborghini plans to engage in its electrification strategy, aiming to have at least one hybrid powertrain in all of its vehicles by 2024. By the end of the decade, we’ll also see the brand’s first purely electric vehicle.
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