Enjoy the Lamborghini Huracan and Aventador while they’re still on the market, because when they depart a couple of plug-in hybrids will take their spots. No doubt, some fans will get all teary-eyed about this change, but it might not be all bad or even bad at all.
CEO Stefano Domenicali addressed the press about the rumors of hybrid Lambos, confirming they are indeed coming.
The first plug-in hybrid Lamborghini, according to Domenicali, will arrive about 2021 as the replacement for the Aventador. You can breathe a sigh of relief, because the supercar won’t be packing a V-6, but instead will still use a fire-breathing V-12 engine. An electric motor will then act to enhance performance, possibly pushing output to a lofty 1,172 horsepower.
When the Huracan retires, its replacement will use a V-10 engine paired to an electric motor. That setup could be good for 985 horsepower. See? Electrification isn’t all bad.
The reasoning for keeping big engines but adding plug-in hybrid components is to strike a balance. Shoppers will still enjoy the signature sound of a Lamborghini engine, while the brand will lower emissions and escape government-imposed consequences. That these powertrains will be even more powerful is the cherry on top.
A plug-in hybrid version of the Lamborghini Urus is also coming, although Domenicali wouldn’t say when. The SUV will retain its V-8 engine since a V-6 setup didn’t cut the mustard in testing.
Source: Automotive News