The Aventador has been in the market since 2011, and while its 2016 facelift has improved it, it is basically getting on a bit. Nevertheless, if a new report proves accurate, its replacement might not arrive until 2024.
We’ve known for quite some time that the successor to Lambo’s flagship was in the works, with all the signs pointing towards it being a hybridized V12.
According to Automobile Magazine, there was a time when the VW Group product strategy committee intended on Lamborghini launching the new supercar in 2020, but that date was soon pushed back to 2021, then 2022 and now, apparently, has been delayed for another couple of years.
It is claimed that Audi (who oversees the Italian brand in the German group’s chain of command) isn’t overly keen on spending the money required to update the Aventador’s V12 to meet EU7 emissions standards, but want to use a hybridized V8 instead. This would be largely the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that powers various VW Group models, including the Lamborghini Urus.
VW’s bean counters allegedly believe that successors to the Aventador and Huracan should be based around the same carbon fiber chassis and share the same electronic architecture, steering, suspension and brake elements. Developing these two new cars and retaining a V12 at the same time will allegedly cost $900 million. However, it is reported that Lamborghini believes it can do all of this for about $450 million, roughly $55 million of which could be needed to get its 6.5-liter V12 to comply with the new emissions standards.
There is, though, a chance that Lamborghini may introduce re-skinned versions of the current Huracan and Aventador to extend their life cycles by another four years. That’s a stopgap solution, but probably better than leaving them unchanged for so long.