Lamborghini has got big plans for their replacement supercars, including a hybrid powertrain that could have over 1,000 hp.
We know that the days of the huge, naturally aspirated internal combustion engines are numbered. Even with the absolute best in modern technology, it’s nearly impossible to get the emissions from those big hogs down to acceptable numbers anywhere in Europe. Supercar makers like Lamborghini are virtually forced into using some form of hybridization just to stay in business.
That’s not to say it’s an entirely bad thing. A little electric oomph can do wonders for a supercar--just ask pretty much any modern Le Mans racer.
We knew that Lamborghini would eventually adopt some form of electrification, but we didn’t know when. In a new interview with Automotive News, Lambo CEO Stefano Domenicali finally gave us a date.
"Probably around 2021, with the Aventador replacement that will add a motor to its V12 engine,” he said. “The same will happen later also on the V10 family when we replace the Huracan. A plug-in model is the only way to maintain performance and keep Lamborghini’s engine sound while also reducing emissions."
We also didn’t know it was going to be a plug-in Lamborghini, which would be pretty cool to see stacked up against a Prius in a downtown LA quick charge station.
The Drive reports that we could have some serious power out of these replacement Lambos. We could see as much as 985 hp in the next-gen Huracan, while the Aventador could make as much as 1,172 hp.
And we’re not just going to see hybrids in the new supercars. Lamborghini’s bulk-seller SUV, the Urus, is also going to get a hybrid powertrain in the near future. Engineers with the Italian supercar maker already tried it with a twin-turbo V6, but Domenicali said it was just not enough power.
"We are still working on this, but we have realigned our priorities. First and foremost, we have to boost production of the Urus, and adding a powertrain variant that is extremely complex to build doesn’t help. We have seen that a V6-powered plug-in did not offer the performance level a Lamborghini should deliver. We began working on a V8 plug-in, but we are not there yet."
In the same interview, the Lambo CEO also pointed at a potential Lamborghini sedan in the form of a reborn Espada. There are big things happening over in Italy, and we can’t wait to see them.