Lamborghini Will Stick With Naturally Aspirated V10s And V12s For Its Supercars

Lamborghini is not going to drop the naturally aspirated engines from its next-gen supercars, despite most of the competition having already switched to turbocharging to reduce emissions and improve performance.

The company’s technical director Maurizio Reggiani told Autocar that he is determined to resist any pressure to reduce the number of cylinders in Lamborghini’s future supercars.

“Every car has a mission, and based on that mission you have to choose the right engine,” said Reggiani. “For the [Urus SUV] the decision was turbo, but we will continue to choose natural aspiration for the super-sports cars. In the future, we will need to take account of fuel consumption and emissions. I am convinced the naturally aspirated engine coupled with a hybrid system can be the right answer.”

The 2022 Huracan replacement will likely become a plug-in hybrid, but Reggiani also hinted that the Aventador successor, which will precede it, will also employ some form of electrification.

“We need to reinvent this icon without losing the characteristics of the current car: carbonfibre, the V12 naturally aspirated engine and other components. Looking forward, if it is a hybrid, then in what ways can we compensate for its weight?”

The biggest issue Lamborghini faces revolves around battery density and the need to accommodate a significant number of cells. The Italian supercar maker is currently working in collaboration with MIT on carbon-fiber bodywork that can act as a storage  battery, as well as superconductors.

As a first sign of this collaboration, Lamborghini revealed the Terzo Millennio electric concept last year, created with the help of MIT, that showcased next-gen energy storage systems and the use of innovative materials.

Fans of the manic 10-cylinder powerplant in the Huracan have nothing to be afraid of, as Reggianni confirmed that the next baby Lambo will continue using a naturally aspirated V10.

“The reaction you have to a 10-cylinder engine you cannot have from any other kind. This is what our customers love,” he noted. “Why do I need to do something different? If I trust in the naturally aspirated engine, why downgrade my powertrain to a V8 or V6? I am Lamborghini, I am the top of the pinnacle of super-sports cars. I want to stay where I am.”

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  • Elmediterraneo

    The real infos are coming from Germany where everything is decided at the Volkswagen group.
    Audi’s MSS architecture which underpins the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Huracan will be replaced by an all new carbon monocoque platform developed by Lamborghini.
    This platform will be used to build both the Aventador’s and Huracan’s replacement alongside the 3rd generation Audi R8.

    • SteersUright

      And 911 as well apparently. This should be interesting. The 911 has always had a bespoke layout resulting in lightweight and quirky but excellent handling in the right hands. Sharing with so many other sports cars will surely add weight and size to the 911. I truly hope they leave it alone and let it continue to have its own chassis.

  • Six_Tymes

    for now obviously

  • SteersUright

    Now there’s an executive that gets it. Super cars should have super sounding engines, not the vacuum-cleaner-sounding turbo crap fast becoming de rigueur in modern sports cars. Thats why people love the GT3 and Porsche Flat 6’s in general, the last gen AMG V8’s, Ford’s 5.2 flat crank V8, Audi’s V10, etc., etc..

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