Lamborghini Aventador replacement will be a hybrid
Lamborghini will embrace electrification in its next-generation flagship supercar, which will arrive early in the next decade.
Speaking to Auto Express ahead of the UK debut of the new Urus SUV, Lamborghini Research and Development boss Maurizio Reggiani revealed that a replacement for the Aventador – launched in 2011 – will arrive in the early 2020s with hybrid power.
“The next generation supersport car will be based on plug-in hybrid technology”, revealed Reggiani, adding that the firm will match plug-in tech to a trademark naturally aspirated V12.
“The value of our brand is based on our top end product. It must be really the pure interpretation of a supersport car. We are sure that one of things you must offer on a supersport car is a V12 naturally aspirated engine.
“The car needs to be engineered for hybrid or not for hybrid. The supersport car cannot be a compromise”, Reggiani added, confirming that the Aventador replacement will be offered as a hybrid only, with no pure combustion option.
An all-electric Lamborghini isn’t part of the firm’s immediate plans, but isn’t a closed case beyond the next generation hybrid supercar. Highlighted by the electric, futuristic Terzo Millennio concept car revealed late last year, Reggiani indicated that battery technology needs to mature further before a Lamborghini EV becomes a possibility
“For us, the super sport car must be able to do the fastest Nurburgring time, but it must be able to repeat this two or three times, it cannot be one shot”, he explained.
“At the moment with a battery electric vehicle you can choose to have power for one lap at high speed, or energy for more laps but slower speed. This does not fit with the supersport brand
“The next step in terms of our product range will be based on hybrid technology as the level of knowledge will be ready. Not for full electric vehicles, probably we need another loop of products. This will be next of next”.
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