The Lamborghini Aventador’s successor will be coming in 2020, according to a new report.
We’ve known for a while that Lamborghini is already planning their next generation of supercars and that they will most likely have hybrid powertrains. We just didn’t know when they’d show up.
But now a new report from Autocar is telling us that Lamborghini’s next-gen will start with the Aventador and that its successor will arrive sometime in 2020. It will still have AWD, still have a naturally aspirated V12 engine, and it will also have an electric motor somewhere in the mix.
Lambo chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani spoke with the British car magazine at the Aventador SVJ’s grand unveiling. He said that hybridization isn’t really coming by choice but by government mandate.
“The law will determine what level of pure-electric driving you need,” Reggiani said. “There are several discussions ongoing. Some say 20km, some say 30km and China is suggesting 50km – and normally we only develop one car worldwide.”
With a short electric range of between 12 to 30 miles, a plug-in hybrid seems to be in the cards. But the specifics on how that will work are still up in the air. Reggiani is pushing for a design that compartmentalizes the electric motor to only power the front axle, while the big V12 powers the rear axle. It’s a compromise that keeps the Aventador’s overall character while also providing the limited electric-only driving range that EU emissions laws require.
One thing is for sure: the car will definitely be heavier. “I always say that I prefer to have 10kg less rather than 1hp more, even if the power-to-weight ratio remains the same,” Reggiani said. “But I imagine the starting point of the car will be heavier, no doubt. What will be the end game? We don’t know. Improvements will happen.”
We can expect any Aventador successor to never have turbochargers and always have a dramatic body shape. We’ll know more about Lambo’s powertrain when they unveil their next low-production hypercar, Codenamed LB48H.