Lamborghini Aventador Successor Arriving In 2020
All-wheel drive would come from an electrified front axle and naturally aspirated V12 to accelerate the new Lambo into new Spheres.
When digging deeper for some news about Lamborghini‘s replacement for the long-lived Aventador, it continues to leak out, and the latest details suggest the new supercar arrives in 2020 (one-off SC18 pictured in the gallery below).
Lambo is already certain that the Aventador uses a hybrid-assisted, naturally aspirated V12, but it seems the company isn’t entirely sure about the level of electrification, yet. “There are several discussions ongoing,“ Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani told Autocar. “Some say 20 km, some say 30 km, and China is suggesting 50 km — and normally we only develop one car worldwide.” While we think it will be not so much about how far you can go with the electric engine, it will be more the question of how fast you reach 100 or 200 kph. In this class the clientele expect some crazy numbers and it will be difficult enough to achieve them after the Lamborghini SVJ that was presented shortly ago. So while you see the Huracan scratching on the 3-second mark, you can not sell the new Aventador for nearly double the price and having the same 0-100 time. Therefore, it makes sense to use the electric power for acceleration, as the clientele that is happy enough to afford one, does not really care about fuel consumption but for sure for the prestigious 0-100 time.
The new model would use the electric motor to turn the front axle, while the mid-mounted V12 would spin the rear. This setup is simpler than running driveshafts to both ends of the vehicle, according to Reggiani. For sure Lamborghini will reduce the weight as much as possible starting with some forged carbon and superlight forged wheels.
Despite Lamborghini’s innovations in using carbon fiber to shed weight, Reggiani believes the new supercar would weigh more than the current Aventador. He figures the electric components could be as much as 441 pounds (200 kilograms), and that’s too much to offset with light weighting.
The motoring world will get a preview of this powertrain layout in 2019 when Lamborghini unveils its new limited-run hyper car, which has the code name LB48H. The hybrid V12 reportedly has a total combined output of 838 horsepower (625 horsepower). Their design allegedly takes inspiration from the futuristic Terzo Millennio concept. The company is building just 63 of them and selling the LB48H to customers for $2.5 million each. The entire run is already sold out.
After the arrival of the Aventador successor, a Huracan replacement is also on the way. Lambo CEO Stefano Domenicali confirms that it’s a hybrid, too, by combining a naturally aspirated V10 and an electric motor, presumably for powering the front wheels.