The Lamborghini Aventador was introduced nearly a decade ago and its successor could be introduced as early as next year.
While there have been countless rumors about the upcoming model, Car & Driver talked to Lamborghini’s chief technical officer who revealed some details about the next-generation supercar.
Saying the “V12 has been part of the story of Lamborghini since the very beginning,” Maurizio Reggiani confirmed the Aventador successor will continue to offer twelve cylinders. However, in a nod to increasing fuel economy and emission standards, the car will also have a “hybrid motor.”
Reggiani went on to say the V12 will eschew turbochargers and noted electrification allows them to “fill in the weaknesses of the naturally aspirated engine, especially where torque is weak.”
While he wouldn’t go into many specifics, Reggiani suggested the car will have a front-mounted electric motor. As he explained, “If you have the possibility to use an electric front axle with torque vectoring left and right, you can do something truly exceptional in terms of helping the driver for traction and handling.”
Little else is known about the car at this point, but the rumor mill has been running wild for years. While these should be taken with a grain of salt, some have suggested the car will feature an all-new carbon fiber monocoque and two front-mounted electric motors.
There have also been wild claims about horsepower ratings, but those probably shouldn’t be given much credence. However, we can expect the upcoming model to be more powerful than the Aventador S which has a 6.5-liter V12 pumping out 730 hp (544 kW / 740 PS) and 507 lb-ft (690 Nm) of torque. It’s paired to a seven-speed gearbox and an all-wheel drive system, which enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 2.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 217 mph (350 km/h).