Four new Lamborghinis for 2022: limited V12 special, facelifted Urus and more

Four new Lamborghinis will arrive this year, including a refreshed Urus SUV and a low-volume V12 supercar to celebrate the combustion engine

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Lamborghini has announced plans to release “four new products over the next 12 months”, which will include a facelifted Urus SUV and a V12-powered special based on the Aventador. Like the reborn Countach, the new supercar will be built in limited numbers to “celebrate the combustion engine”, before a new hybrid V12 flagship is launched next year.

We’ve already spotted the updated Urus testing at the Nurburgring, sporting a new look and potentially more power. A hybrid version is also in the works, although this will launch next year. Lamborghini will probably utilise the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 hybrid powertrain from the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, which provides 671bhp and 900Nm of torque. 

It’s unclear whether the new V12 model will be another homage to a historic Lamborghini, as with the new Countach, or a clean sheet design like the Sian hypercar. Either way, it will probably use running gear from the Sian - itself based on the Aventador - with a hybrid-assisted V12 sending more than 800bhp to all four wheels through a 7-speed single-clutch automatic gearbox.

The new car will also borrow its carbon fibre monocoque from the Aventador, as well as its cabin architecture. It’s unclear how many units Lamborghini will build, but for reference, the new Countach was limited to 112 cars. The new car is expected to cost around £2 million. 

Details are thin on the ground for the other two Lamborghini models set for release this year, but they won’t be all-new cars. Instead, a special edition version of the Huracan could be released, before it’s replaced by a hybrid-powered model. 

With the Aventador Ultimae edition, Lamborghini released the final iteration of the supercar, meaning that this year’s fourth model is likely to be a derivative of the Urus. A more hardcore version of the super-SUV could potentially launch as part of the facelift, but there’s no indication of this as of now.

Lamborghini beyond 2022

Further down the line, the first all-electric Lamborghini has been confirmed and will be on sale in the second half of the decade, while the Italian supercar firm has also revealed that its entire line-up will be electrified by 2024. 

Lamborghini chairman Stefan Winkelmann presented the firm’s strategy last year, called ‘Direzione Cor Tauri’, claiming that the brand’s new approach is “necessary in the context of a radically changing world.

“Our response is a plan with a 360-degree approach, encompassing our products and our Sant’Agata Bolognese location, taking us towards a more sustainable future while always remaining faithful to our DNA.”

Lamborghini’s roadmap has three phases, the first of which is called ‘Celebrating the combustion engine’. The new Countach was launched as part of this, and this year’s V12 special will follow suit.

Lamborghini says cars launched as part of this phase “pay tribute to the company’s recent period of continuous success”, using combustion engines developed to pay homage to the brand’s heritage. 

Lamborghini will start its move towards a fully hybrid line-up in 2023. The brand has already launched its first (mild) hybrid model in the form of the Sian hypercar, and next year will see the launch of the hybrid-powered Aventador replacement and Urus hybrid. By the end of 2024 the entire line-up will be electrified, once the Huracan’s hybrid successor has been revealed. 

The company is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by 2025. In order to achieve this, investment of 1.5 billion euros is being allocated for the electrification push, the culmination of which will be the arrival of the first fully-electric Lamborghini in the second half of the decade. The firm has not revealed any specifics, but has confirmed that it will be a new model entirely, becoming the fourth member of its line-up.

The EV will be positioned as a car “at the top of its segment”, and will more than likely shape up as an electric hypercar to rival the likes of the NIO EP9 and the Lotus Evija.

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