It looks like Lamborghini is planning to stick with naturally-aspirated engines for its super-sports models, resisting the downsizing and turbocharging trend that its rivals are adopting. According to Autocar, the Italian carmaker’s technical director, Maurizio Reggiani said he intends to resist any pressure to reduce the number of cylinders in its next generation of supercars.

“Every car has a mission, and based on that mission you have to choose the right engine. For the [Urus SUV] the decision was turbo, but we will continue to choose natural aspiration for the super-sports cars. In the future, we will need to take account of fuel consumption and emissions. I am convinced the naturally aspirated engine coupled with a hybrid system can be the right answer,” explained Reggiani.

The successor to the Huracán is scheduled to debut in 2022, and there’s a good chance it will be a plug-in hybrid. However, Reggiani hinted that the Aventador, which will be introduced before 2022, will also be employing an electrified powertrain.

He said: “We need to reinvent this icon without [losing] the characteristics of the current car: carbon-fibre, the V12 naturally aspirated engine and other components. Looking forward, if it is a hybrid, then in what ways can we compensate for its weight?”

Of course, the issue with electrification is added weight, but Reggiani also said that battery density is as big of a concern, because the battery pack needs to be able to accommodate a significant number of cells. The automaker is currently working on a project – previewed by the Terzo Millennio concept – with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston to develop CF bodywork that can act as a storage battery as well as superconductors.

Reggiani said an electrical drivetrain may help smoothen out the current Aventador’s ‘sometimes aggressive’ single-clutch transmission. “You could use the electric motor to ensure that you don’t have torque interruption,” he noted.

The Aventador’s successor will still come with a naturally-aspirated V12, as will the Huracán with a V10. “The reaction you have to a 10-cylinder engine you cannot have from any other kind. This is what our customers love. Why do I need to do something different? If I trust in the NA engine, why downgrade my powertrain to a V8 or V6? I am Lamborghini, I am the top of the pinnacle of super-sports cars. I want to stay where I am,” said Reggiani.

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