Successor to Lamborghini Aventador spotted ahead of 2023 launch
Lamborghini has been spied testing its new hybrid V12 supercar
Lamborghini’s replacement for the Aventador is undergoing testing and this is our best look yet at the upcoming hypercar.
Lamborghini’s CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, has hinted that the company’s next flagship supercar (due in 2023) will come with a clean-sheet V12 hybrid powertrain, and these new spy shots show it’ll retain the jaw-dropping design of big Lamborghinis of previous decades.
A classic wedge shape is prominent throughout, with an angular nose, low roofline and long rear deck. It also looks like the new car will use larger diameter rims at the back compared to the front, just like the Aventador.
Classic Lamborghini design traits such as pointed wing mirrors, a double-bubble roof and trapezoidal brake lights all feature on this test car. At the rear, there’s a quad-exhaust arrangement and a huge diffuser.
The company recently announced it would put the Aventador’s naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine out to pasture following production of the 769bhp LP 780-4 Ultimae special edition, marking the start of the brand’s ambition to launch a fully hybridised range of cars in 2023.
It was thought that Lamborghini’s push towards electrification could have ended the brand’s relationship with the V12 engine, bringing downsizing and turbocharging with it. However, Winkelmann has since confirmed that won’t be the case.
He also suggested that the hybrid powertrain destined for Lamborghini’s new flagship won’t share any common components with the limited edition 808bhp Sian hybrid supercar, with the firm planning a completely new V12 engine, battery pack and hybrid system.
In an interview with Autoblog, Winkelmann said: “The technology is different, it's a completely new engine, a completely new drivetrain, a new battery, everything is completely new. There's nothing out of the Sián or out of the Aventador.”
However, like its predecessors, Winkelmann said it’ll still have four-wheel drive, active aero, four-wheel steering and be built from carbon fibre.
Lamborghini plans on going all-in on its electrification strategy, aiming to have at least a hybrid powertrain in all of its vehicles by 2024. By the end of the decade, we’re also due to see the brand’s first pure-electric vehicle.
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