New Lamborghini Lanzador electric car concept debuts at Monterey Car Week
Lamborghini has given us a tantalising preview of its first electric production car in the shape of the Lamborghini Lanzador concept.
Even as a brand with some of the automotive industry’s greatest internal-combustion engines in its portfolio, Lamborghini is firmly embracing all-electric power and we’ve gained a fresh insight into the Italian firm's plans for a production EV in the form of the new Lamborghini Lanzador concept. The car has made its public debut at the 2023 Monterey Car Week in California.
The Lanzador is a concept car with a fully-electric powertrain that also introduces an unconventional bodystyle to Lamborghini with a 2+2 seating arrangement combined with a high ground clearance and a sleek profile. Speaking about the new car, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said; “we are opening a new car segment: the Ultra GT. This will offer customers a new, unparalleled Lamborghini driving experience thanks to pioneering technologies”.
Lamborghini’s head of design, Mitja Borkert, described the process of creating the Lanzador’s bold styling. “The proportions are new, with the potential to create an entirely new automotive segment. The Lanzador presents super sports car volumes but with the pilot in a slightly higher position, echoing that of the Huracán Sterrato.”
Despite the high-riding exterior shape of the Lanzador, inside the occupants sit low down, “as if in a jet” according to Lamborghini. The driver and front passenger are separated by a centre console that flows into the dash and there are new climate control and digital functions created specifically for the concept. There’s also a passenger readout display and the driver will be able to utilise Lamborghini’s ‘ANIMA’ driving mode controls to change the characteristics of the Lanzador.
Lamborghini claims the interior is made almost entirely of sustainable materials - all sourced from Italy. Foam for the seats is made from recycled fibres, the carbon fibre for the centre console and door panels is fashioned from regenerated carbon and the wool upholstery for the dashboard, seats and doors trims is also recycled.
No performance figures or specifications regarding the battery have been revealed, but Lamborghini says power is sent to a “high specific power” electric motor on each axle for permanent all-wheel drive. Lamborghini also claims there will be “no compromises in power, driving pleasure or performance”.
The Lanzador also incorporates a host of technologies to improve driving dynamics such as rear-wheel steering, air suspension, active aerodynamics and a new electronic torque distribution system.
The first all-electric Lamborghini production car is still some way off with a production date of 2028 planned.
A new platform will underpin the car, with development on that led by Porsche. Called SSP Sport, the architecture will also support future versions of the Taycan and Panamera, as well as the replacement for the Urus, which will go electric in 2028. Lamborghini says the new GT coupe’s platform will be “technologically advanced, reliable and will [make it] incredibly fun to drive”.
We already know that SSP Sport will feature an 800-volt electrical architecture and up to 350kW fast charging, so the new Lambo should top up rapidly. However, the car is still too far off for battery and motor specifications to be finalised yet.
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