SPIED: Lamborghini Aventador successor goes hybrid

SPIED: Lamborghini Aventador successor goes hybrid

The Lamborghini Aventador has been confirmed by CEO Stephan Winkelmann to be succeeded by an electrified model, and so here is an early sighting of the next-generation V12 supercar in development guise, which will continue to feature a naturally aspirated V12 engine.

Largely to help the V12 model get through ever-tightening emissions regulations, the yet-to-be-named Aventador replacement will feature a plug-in hybrid arrangement; The Sian that was unveiled in September 2019 was electrified through a supercapacitor in place of the more commonplace lithium-ion battery pack, and which fed a 48-volt electric motor for a total output of 819 hp.

An increase in power can be expected from the Aventador’s successor, as Winkelmann said earlier this year that the car’s power-to-weight ratio should be the focus instead of its overall weight; given that an electrified V12 would inevitably mean more weight, a comparable or superior power-to-weight ratio can only come from considerably more power.

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Winkelmann told Autoblog that the Aventador successor will receive a completely new powertrain; neither its internal combustion V12, its battery pack nor electric drive will be carried over from the Aventador or limited-production Sian, whilst confirming that forced induction was never considered for the forthcoming V12 hybrid.

For reference, the Ultimae – roughly translated from Italian to mean ‘last’ – produces 780 PS at 8,500 rpm and 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm from its 6.5 litre, un-electrified V12. Thus configured, the Aventador Ultimae offers a weight-to-power ratio of 1.98 kg/PS, or the same as that of the Aventador SVJ.

In terms of appearance, the unmistakable rear-mid-engined silhouette can be seen on this development car even with its camouflage, and can also be seen to wear a quartet of high-mount exhaust outlets, possibly mounted even higher up than on the Aventador Ultimae and SVJ.

There’s plenty of development still to go before this new-generation supercar is fully uncovered, though given past form, a Roadster is likely to emerge as well.

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Mick Chan

Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.




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