Confirmed: Lamborghini Aventador Successor to Feature V-12 Hybrid Powertrain

We’re not talking about the same V-12 engine paired with a hybrid – this will be an all-new V-12 developed from the ground up

2021 was a big year for Lamborghini as it saw sales increase over 2019 “by” six-percent, and over 2020 by roughly 23-percent. Most of the improvement in sales can be attributed to the brand’s understanding of its consumer base and the launch of the Lamborghini Urus which has, quite literally, become a problem. It won’t be long before Lamborghini bids farewell to ICE-only power, and part of that transition involves the next-gen Aventador or its successor as it probably won’t carry the Aventador name. That successor is quite a special vehicle and while we don’t know much about it, it’s been largely assumed that it would be a hybrid of some kind. Now, we’ve received confirmation that it will, in fact, be a hybrid, but there’s a lot more to it than that.

An All-New Lamborghini Hybrid V-12 Is on the Way

Confirmed: Lamborghini Aventador Successor to Feature V-12 Hybrid Powertrain Exterior
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According to Car Magazine, the Aventador’s successor will feature an all-new hybrid V-12, which implies that the engine will not be a carry-over and will, in fact, be built from the ground up. If not from the ground up, it’ll be a very large overhaul of its current V-12. Either way, paired with plug-in hybrid technology, this V-12 should bring some pretty impressive improvement to not only emissions output, but fuel efficiency and performance as well. This was confirmed by none other than Chairman and CEO, Stephan Winkelmann:

“In 2023, we will have the follow-up for the Aventador, which will be the first plug-in hybrid, with a completely new V12 engine. And then in 2024, we will have the Urus and the Huracan follow-on as well, plug-in hybrid cars. This will close the first step of our strategy, which will cut CO2 emissions by 2025 compared to today by at least 50 percent.”
2022 Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae LP 780-4 Exterior
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A Lamborghini spokesperson has also confirmed this, saying “The follower of the Aventador will be a plug-in hybrid with a brand-new V-12 engine developed by Lamborghini.” These comments also follow with previous statements that Lamborghini wasn’t going to abandon the V-12 anytime soon and the recent V-12 powered prototype.

Confirmed: Lamborghini Aventador Successor to Feature V-12 Hybrid Powertrain Exterior
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As for the brand’s future in terms of electric cars, well let’s just say that it’s not exactly in a hurry to make it happen. According to Winkelmann, the company is still in the strategy phase, which is being handled by Rouven Mohr, Lambo’s new CTO and the person behind the development of the Aventador, Huracan, and Urus. He left a while back to work for Audi as the head of energy and weight management but has since returned to the raging bull to fight the good fight. Apparently, the electric Lamborghini hasn’t even been greenlit, but if it is confirmed it wouldn’t arrive before 2027 or 2028 at the earliest.

Needless to say, the rest of this decade will be an interesting one for Lamborghini, and hybridization is going to be the name of the game going forward. Now, the real question is what will the Aventador’s successor be called?

Source: CAR Magazine

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