Lamborghini strongly believes their next flagship supercar needs to retain a V12 engine. But it also needs to stay with the times, so it’s likely to benefit from a hybrid arrangement.
The idea behind an electrified successor of the current Aventador isn’t new, as it was hinted before. However, the company’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali, recently talked about the model in an interview with AutoExpress.
“The next Aventador will be hybrid, with a V12. A decision is made on that and this is something that will keep us different from the others, and this is very important”, said Domenicali.
Hybrid Lamborghini Huracan successor?
The main man over at the Sant’Agata Bolognese brand talked about the successor of the Huracan, too, which “will be hybrid”. “With regard to the super sport car brand, it’s clear that we want to stay with the V12 to have with the top car. Then we can discuss what would be the right engine for the future Huracan. Of course, V10 would be the first priority, but we have the time to discuss it.”
Fourth model in Lambo’s lineup
Until a few months ago, Lamborghini’s lineup included only two main models (excluding any limited specials): the Huracan and Aventador. The third one arrived in the form of the Urus, and now, fueled by the success of the super SUV, the Italian automaker is considering a fourth model.
“When it would be right to have another model in our portfolio, to have an extended dimension. Sure, we can see the potential of it”, said Stefano Domenicali.
Whether it will be a four-door vehicle as previewed by the Estoque concept of 2009 is unknown for now, but as the company’s chief added: “We need to listen to the customers, we need to see how the market is evolving, because this is very important for us.”
No electric Lamborghini just yet
Last year, Lamborghini unveiled the Terzo Millennio electric supercar concept, thus telling the world that a zero-emission Lambo is not out of the question. However, as Domenicali confirmed to the British magazine, an electric Lamborghini is nowhere in sight, “in the short term”, as the current battery technology is not seen as advanced enough for such a model.
“When we’re talking about performance, the killer of performance is weight. But the more you go for new technology, the more you have to counterbalance to ensure you keep the weight under control”, according to Domenicali, who confirmed that Lamborghini is currently in search of alternatives to lithium-ion batteries.