Volkswagen execs are debating with Lamborghini as to whether or not the V12 engine can be made compliant with strict EU emissions regulations and have pushed back the Aventador’s replacement by a year, according to the latest report.
This is alarming news for Lamborghini fans. Emissions targets for new engines keep getting tighter and tighter, making it hard for specialty supercar manufacturers like Lamborghini to keep up. More and more needs to be spent on research and development to keep their big, multi-cylinder engines from spewing as much carbon into the atmosphere as a dozen hatchbacks, and their Volkswagen overlords are starting to think that it’d all be so much easier if they could just drop the V12 engine entirely.
According to a new report from Automobile Magazine, VW execs have pushed back the Aventador’s replacement to 2024 as a result of this debate. This is the third time that the redesigned Aventador has been delayed, and it also means that the next Huracan likely won’t arrive until 2025 since it was scheduled to appear only after the older V12-powered Aventador.
As usual, the problem comes down to money. Volkswagen doesn’t want to spend the cash to develop a new V12 simply because they don’t think it can be made cheaply and also because it seems unlikely that it will even be possible to make it emissions compliant for future emissions targets in the EU. America might be considering relaxing its rules on emissions targets, but Europe is not in denial about climate change and has no intention of ever making things easier for carmakers.
VW would rather make the next Aventador with a hybrid V8, but this ignores the point of Lamborghini which is to have a naturally-aspirated sports car with lots of cylinders.
The publication mentions only the Aventador is up for debate while the Huracan's replacement will for sure feature a new 4.0-L V8 being developed by Porsche. Codenamed LK5+, the engine will make upwards of 800 horsepower in hybrid form.
Aventador sales aren't anything to compare with the Urus, but the big V12 has been the heart and soul of Lamborghini for decades. Nobody is sure what would happen to the Italian supercar maker without it.