As environmental awareness slowly but surely makes its way into the car industry, many are worried that supercars may be on the verge of extinction. The designers at Lamborghini are working hard to ensure that doesn’t happen and have already planned an Aventador for 2022 that will add a hybrid petrol-electric powertrain to the latest V12 engine.
Lamborghini expects to deliver both exhilarating performance and improved CO2 emissions and fuel economy. The next-generation Aventador, which will be aesthetically inspired by the Terzo Millennio concept, will feature the distinctive Lamborghini wedge, therefore, style will not be sacrificed in the name of sustainability.
The Lamborghini Aventador, a mid-engine sports car produced by Lamborghini, is named after a fighting bull. Originally launched on 28 February 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show, five months after it debuted in Sant'Agata Bolognese, the supercar, internally codenamed LB834, was intended to replace the Murciélago as the automaker’s new flagship model.
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After its release, the company announced that 12 Aventadors had been sold with deliveries beginning in the second half of 2011. By March 2016, Lamborghini had manufactured 5,000 Aventadors, which have a base price of nearly $400,000
The new Lamborghini V12 will reportedly be a two-seater built on a carbon chassis that includes three powertrain fundamentals: the front axle drive unit with two electric motors, a backbone center section accommodating the batteries and the rear drivetrain assembly, which will add a third e-motor, a dual-clutch transmission and the V12.
The current V12 will be adjusted, but the automaker believes that in two years, the vehicle will not have to rely on turbochargers for noise reduction and lag. The existing 6.5-litre V12 provides 759bhp in the Aventador SVJ, but Lamborghini may up the ante. There will also be a projected 400bhp of electric power from the e-motors, therefore, the 2022 Aventador could exceed an incredible 1000bhp combined power output.
The current V12’s rear-wheel steering will be maintained and will include its state-of-the-art predictive dynamics CPU, which first appeared in the Huracan Evo. “The Aventador represents our halo car,” says CEO Stefano Domenicali. “The current model launched in 2011 and still sold 1200 cars last year. Of our [total] volumes it’s still a lot.”
Speaking to Car Magazine, Lamborghini’s chief technology officer Maurizio Reggiani, gave some background on the new incarnation of the V12. “The Aventador replacement will be naturally aspirated and a plug-in hybrid, because this is the best mix of emotion and DNA for Lamborghini. For the moment it is not a problem to be homologated worldwide.
“For the new Aventador, I am confident we’ll be able to introduce the particulate filters we need for Euro 7 emissions. For these, it is not a question of turbocharging. Instead, we will make the hybrid vehicle emotional, sexy, and what the customer will want to have. This is the challenge.”