Electric Lamborghinis Still Some 7 Years Off

JUN 15 2018 BY JEFF PEREZ 18

Too little and way too late.

Both the Aventador and Huracan have been hugely successful products for Lamborghini – but in just a few years, the two supercars will be off the market entirely, in place of more modern, probably more powerful replacements. CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that when those two vehicles are replaced, their predecessors will be hybrid powered.

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According to Domenicali, in an interview with TopGear, both the Aventador and the Huracan will be replaced with plug-in hybrids. The Aventador will meet its maker in 2020, while the Huracan won’t be discontinued until at least 2022. While the new supercars will be battery powered, at least in part, one thing they won’t be is turbocharged.

“As long as I’m technical director, our super sports cars will not have a turbocharged engine, Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer, said in an interview with the publication. “It’s about emotion. If you don’t have emotion, then you have nothing. The big questions are packaging and weight. Yes, this will be a silent Lamborghini, but push the accelerator and the engine will come. Silence will only last for some seconds then comes the sound.”

Even though both the Aventador and Huracan replacements will be using a hybrid powertrain, that doesn’t mean naturally aspirated engines will disappear entirely. Both V12 and V10 engines will remain in the Lamborghini for another generation, but will be smaller, and aided by hybrid assistance with electric-only range. A fully electric Lamborghini won’t happen until at least 2026, said Domenicali.

“I don’t think that the technology for a full electric Lamborghini will be ready until 2026,” he said. “Hybrids are a step towards that.” This isn’t the first time that Lamborghini has confirmed hybridization, though. Already we know that the Urus SUV will be the first Raging Bull to use a hybrid powertrain. The standard gas-powered Urus currently uses a biturbo 4.0-liter V8 to produce 641 horsepower (477 kilowatts).

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18 Comments on "Electric Lamborghinis Still Some 7 Years Off"

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Chris Stork

Translation: they won’t build it until they have no choice.

fotomoto

Do you think the Lamborghini engineering department is that ignorant?

Pushmi-Pullyu

It’s entirely possible to be well-informed and still foolish; to know the facts yet choose to ignore them in favor of wishful thinking.

For example, wishful thinking in believing that buyers of supercars are going to continue to buy gasmobiles even when electric cars outperform them in very nearly every category.

earl colby pottinger

It depends how much communication take place between engineering and management. In too many companies the management thinks it knows it all, the engineers may be screaming to build electric design but management thinks it knows better.

Lawrence

EV’s are now aerodynamically efficient, powerful and can have their weight distribution optimized. They can even create room for suspension components where ever they want without compromising.

The only reason for a car to look like a supercar is just to look super cool (like that rendered lamborghini). There is no decide advantage in making it look like that going forward over a sedan.

nick

how about weight?

Clive

Weight is a byproduct

Nix

They play in such a small market that it really doesn’t matter that much. *shrug*

People still ride horses even today, a century after the automobile

wavelet

I think Lambo will be relegated to a bling-only vehicle, like Rolls Royce. In the meantime, I expect Rimac will be rolling out slightly cheaper cars at higher volumes, and by the time Lambo has its 1st BEV out, Rimac will have a 10-yearlead on making electric supercars.

Clive

We’ll see what Lamborghini does.

They are innovators that is for sure.

Terawatt

What are you talking about?? My be you’re confusing them with Lancia..? The latter actually was first with many inventions in the car industry, turbos, compressors, intercooler – but I can’t think of a single thing Lambo was first to do. And since they became part of VW their product had gotten a lot better, but not innovative. Anything found in a Lambo is usually found in an Audi well before…

Terawatt

If they made an EV today it would be a bling only vehicle. There’s no way the best EV we can make can compete on the track with the best ICE we can make, at least not if the race is long and includes corners.

Lambos ARE of course poser cars. Most buyers haven’t been to a track. But the thing about such products is they depend on street cred, must actually be able to perform, in order to rub off any of their aura of competence on the owner. They are tacky, but poser cars that are honest enough to be marketed as such would be even more tacky, and probably wouldn’t do well even if you made them even more expensive than Lambos (another criterion of course being that the cars must be very expensive, in order to function as proof the owner is wealthy, just like Swiss watches and similarly primitive ideas).

Clive

Tell us how you really feel…. 🤣

Terawatt
> CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that when those two vehicles are replaced, their predecessors will be hybrid powered. That’s not what predecessor means. And too little too late? I beg to differ. Hypercars are not about rational transportation and they’re irrelevant in terms of environmental impact, since thankfully they are so few in number. I think he’s absolutely right, the tech won’t be ready until 2026 – at the earliest. Batteries are great, but heavy. And the sound of a V12 is something special. On a track, with a light vehicle, you won’t get good range and you’ll have overheating problems and charging is too slow. On the road none of this is true, or it’s not relevant. You use much less energy when you’re not either going at full power or braking at full power all of the time! And therefore you can go much farther. And since you’re going slower going farther takes much much longer. So the few times you want to go farther than you can on a single charge, you’ll need a break anyway. Sure, it’s possible to construct situations in which charging becomes limiting, but for 99% of people 99% of the time… Read more »
earl colby pottinger

Did you read that date? 2026! That is eight years from now!

At the rate batteries are improving and the experience that is learnt by whoever is making BEVs – the BEVs will smoke ICE and Hybrids by then. The only hybrids that will stand a chance would still preform better with the ICE part replaced with more batteries.

yves

Another car for the billionaires just what we needed!

Terawatt

I thought the point was that it’s NOT coming until 2026 at the earliest. Maybe you meant to complain about yet another article relevant only to billionaires..? Then you underestimate people’s interest in cars (and houses, boats, and much else) they can never buy.

Pushmi-Pullyu

The subheading says “Too little and way too late.”

Really doesn’t leave anything to add.