Lamborghini Admits Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles Are The Future

NOV 21 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 16

Lamborghini CEO not only admits PHEVs are the future, but confirms that the automaker is officially on board.

According to The Drive, we should see a new Lamborghini plug-in hybrid in the form of the Aventador by 2021. After that, other Lambo’s will follow suit, beginning with the automaker’s Huracan. The best part about this announcement is that it’s not speculation, nor is it something that was merely hinted it. In fact, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali discussed the reality of PHEVs in a recent interview with Automotive News. He shared:

Probably around 2021, with the Aventador replacement that will add a motor to its V-12 engine. The same will happen later also on the V-10 family when we replace the Huracan. A plug-in model is the only way to maintain performance and keep Lamborghini’s engine sound while also reducing emissions.

In the past, we learned that Lamborghini was planning to up the ante with regard to hybridization, but the potential move to a plug-in hybrid wasn’t made clear. In addition, we reported that Porsche is developing a dedicated platform for electric supercars, which could be shared with Audi and Lamborghini.

To be fair, looking at our recent coverage of Lamborghini shows that an electric car could still be some seven years away. However, in the same article, we shared Domenicali’s confirmation that the next-gen Aventador and Huracan would by hybrids. Around the same time, reports pointed to a Lamborghini Urus PHEV coming soon. During the recent Automotive News interview, Domenicali was questioned about the Urus. He admitted that the automaker’s priorities have changed:

We are still working on this, but we have realigned our priorities. First and foremost, we have to boost production of the Urus, and adding a powertrain variant that is extremely complex to build doesn’t help. We have seen that a V-6-powered plug-in did not offer the performance level a Lamborghini should deliver. We began working on a V-8 plug-in, but we are not there yet.

At this point, the automaker is sticking to its V12 and V10 powertrains when working on the plug-in hybrid configurations. Referring back to the upcoming Aventador and Huracan plug-in hybrids, The Drive notes that a previous report puts them at 1,172 and 985 horsepower, respectively.

Source: The Drive

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16 Comments on "Lamborghini Admits Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles Are The Future"

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That’s awesome news ‼️

They’re probably the most appropriate Super/Hyper cars to be doing it to. Both the Huracan and Aventador are both really light for their size and have become very well polished and packaged cars, meaning the extra bulk won’t be so much of a penalty. The Huracan will benefit from the extra torque and the Aventador may even be able to compete with the next generation of Hypercars, such as the McLaren Speedtail. Best of all, they’ll keep their amazing soundtracks! Nothing in the world sounds quite like an Aventador SV.

Took them long enough to figure it out they can’t beat a 4 door family sedan with v10 and v12

To 60.

Everywhere else it kills them all.

There is more to life than going 60mph really fast.

This is the first step before even Lambo goes fully electric.

It does not matter. A so-called “Super-Car” that can be beaten by a ‘4 door family sedan’ in anything about driving can not really call itself that until it is better performing.

Personally, since a number of places I go have dirt tracks, so called super-cars are just worthless junk to me since they can’t go where I want to go.

I suspect that the coming roadster will force them to leave the hybrid and go to electric.

So it seems they forgot their own hybrid concept car named after a famous minotaur. It made so much sense back then that I thought they would eventually do something clever to take the lead.

Big deal – everyone and their dog have been saying that EVs are “the future” for decades.
Start talking about the “NOW”, Lambo !!!
Fast cars..but dead slow and stuck in the slow lane when it comes to transformative/disruptive change.
Cute irony.
Paul G

If they were smart, they would start working an a pure EV as well.

When Porsche has made the Taycan and Cross Turismo EV, the 3rd Porsche EV will be a platform shared with Audi and probably also with Lamborghini for a supercar model. It will surely be 800 V, let us hope it will be with 4 electric motors for full active torque vectoring, like Mercedes SLS AMG ED and Rimac.

The NEAR future. They need to pull off their googies and see further. The distant future will be when you will pay 300k for an ICE Lambo to tow to the track with your BEV truck for the fun of it. Hybrids are mental crutches for the herd and and a straw to hold on to for an aging very polluting ecosystem centered aroudn Big Oil and Detroit.

Ahahah! They should ask Koenisgegg for help then.

Audi formula-e seems to be doing very well. Porsche Taycan looks like it will do pretty well. They (VW) killed Pikes Peak. Really, what’s holding this conglomerate back? We already know EV’s are the pinnacle of motoring now. Lamborghini needs to just take the plunge and draw on all the VW group expertise to make a truly fantastic EV. Take a leadership position and cement themselves as the EV of choice.
Sadly they are letting tiny Tesla take all that glory. I bet they get it back, but they are losing a lot of credibility and loyalty because of their mistakes (dieselgate) and lack of forward vision and action at this crucial turning point.

“Admits” that hybrids are the future? You surely mean “claims” hybrids are the future. Their future. Not “the” future.
And what about the supercapacitor “future” they were “plugging” almost two years ago ?
Are “tri-brids” their future ? Or was that also just more instantly disposable PR or “future music” as it’s called in Germany ?(“ZukunftsMusik” – and they should know)
Paul G