Lamborghini Making V12 Hybrid
According to the marque’s CEO it’s expected to debut in 2023.
Lamborghini may not be ready to unveil its first fully electric vehicle just yet, but it’s now hard at work on a new V12 plug-in hybrid.
The marque’s second hybrid is set to be the successor to the incredibly popular Aventador and will arrive in 2023, CEO Stephan Winkelmann told Autocar. Although details are still scant, the executive confirmed that the new vehicle will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain based around a V-12 similar to the internal combustion mill in its predecessor.
Surprisingly, the new vehicle will not feature the same technology used in the marque’s first electrified model, the Sián FKP 37 and Sián Roadster. Winkelmann told the British publication that the company doesn’t feel the technology is nearly green enough. “A supercapacitor, in our opinion, is a bridge technology which does not fulfil the needs we have for the future to reduce emissions,” he said. “In 2023-2024, we will hybridize all our product line-up to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50 per cent by 2025. A capacitor would not be able to achieve this. I think hybridisation is a good solution.”
The new, as-yet-unnamed super-hybrid wasn’t the only upcoming model Winkelmann discussed. He also said the automaker will introduce a new Huracán derivative next year, which could feature a hybrid V6, and that the marque will undertake a mid-cycle refresh for the Urus. The latter is expected to bring more power and a plug-in hybrid setup to the wildly popular SUV, according to Motor1.com. Winkelmann also hinted that the brand expects to bring a fully electric daily driver to the market in the second half of the decade.
Before any of that, though, Lamborghini will say goodbye to the Aventador, with the LP780-4 Ultimae (pictured up top). Announced earlier this month, the final iteration of the brand’s most successful car is all but certain to be its final model to rely purely on a naturally aspirated V-12.
While combustion-engine purists may balk, a new generation of Lamborghini drivers has a lot to look forward to in the early years of the electric revolution.