Typically when an automaker wants to showcase a new car, it unveils it to the world. That’s usually the case with mass-market vehicles, anyway. But that’s most emphatically not what we’re dealing with here.
According to The Supercar Blog (in a report brought to our attention by Motor1), Lamborghini is making the rounds with a new hybrid hypercar. But it’s only showing it at this point to select prospective customers.
Said to be derived from the wild-looking Terzo Millennio concept, the vehicle is reportedly dubbed the LB48H. We’d imagine the L stands for Lamborghini and the H for Hybrid. (Then again, considering that most of the company’s supercars carry an LP designation for their longitudinal posterior engine layout, we wouldn’t discount something having been lost in translation as the news was transmitted.) The numbers in between could hint at a 48-volt electrical system to control the suspension like sister companies Bentley and Audi have been doing with their latest.
Where the Terzo Millennio was envisioned as an electric-only affair, the LB48H would adopt a version of the Aventador’s 6.5-liter V12, and potentially its single-clutch, independent-shift-rod gearbox as well. Apparently the feeling is in Sant’Agata that electric power isn’t quite there yet – or at least not up to Lamborghini standards. But Porsche’s tie-in with Rimac could help in that department.
While the LB48H would be Lamborghini’s first production hybrid, it wouldn’t be the first time the company’s experimented with them – and surely not the last. It showcased the Asterion plug-in hybrid concept at the Paris show in 2014, and is likely to launch an electrified version of the Urus crossover in the near future.
Word has it that the House of the Raging Bull will build 63 examples, starting as soon as later this year. Expect a price tag measured in the millions (about $2.5 million, according to The Supercar Blog). Vying for those build slots were some 200 prospective customers who are said to have attended the private event in Italy recently, and more who are expected to attend similar functions in New York and Tokyo.