2019 Lamborghini LB48H Hybrid Supercar
A raging electrified bull?by Jonathan Lopez, on
We’ve heard rumors and rumination about a possible hybrid Lambo more than once before. For example, back in September of 2017, the brand’s R&D boss dropped a few suggestions that it was considering creating just such a thing, and then of course there was the Terzo Millennio concept that debuted in November of 2017. Well, word has it an initial prototype is already done and finished, with rumors pointing to a private showing at a party in Italy in June of 2018, as tipped by TheSupercarBlog.com.
Apparently, it’s codenamed the LB48H, and it could very well preview a replacement for Lambo’s current flagship model, the mighty Aventador. So far, Lamborghini is keeping its cards close to the chest, but if such a vehicle were created, what would it look like, both above and below the skin? To find out, we put on our thinking hats and did a little speculative review. Read on for the details.
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2019 Lamborghini LB48H Hybrid Supercar
Lamborghini LB48H Hybrid Supercar Exterior Styling
- Takes after the Terzo Millennio concept
- Outrageous, spacey aesthetic
- Will preview forthcoming design direction
- Carbon fiber exterior
- Scissor doors
- Vents and cuts and swoops everywhere
- Advanced aerodynamics
Note: Terzo Millennio concept pictured here.
If its got a Lambo badge on the nose but doesn’t look like it’ll sprout laser cannons and zoom off at warp drive, then there’s something seriously wrong.
It should go without saying that we fully expect the first-ever Lamborghini hybrid to offer up a breathtakingly outrageous piece of design when it comes to exterior styling. Over-the-top is where the company’s talent should begin, and then just work up from there.
The reasons for this are numerous - first off, this is a Lamborghini we’re talking about, the go-to when it comes to bedroom posters and aspirational supercars. If its got a Lambo badge on the nose but doesn’t look like it’ll sprout laser cannons and zoom off at warp drive, then there’s something seriously wrong.
Secondly, this isn’t just any Lamborghini we’re taking about. This is potentially the inspiration for the brand’s upcoming flagship model, and as such, it’s gotta ratchet up the drama even higher.
So then - seems like the LB48H has some pretty lofty expectations already laid out for it. Luckily, Lamborghini isn’t lacking when it comes to crazy-looking design material. Case in point - last year’s Terzo Millennio concept.
Revealed as a joint effort between Lamborghini and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (you know, MIT), the Terzo Millennio supposedly reveals some of the brand’s most outrageous high-tech aspirations, including such weirdness as self-healing carbon components.
We feel certain the LB48H will pull heavily from the Terzo Millennio, with sharp, geometric, and absurdly aggressive features, like a race car from a thousand years in the future.
More importantly, the concept reveals Lambo’s future styling direction, and combined with the supposed all-electric drivetrain, we feel pretty certain the LB48H will pull heavily from the Terzo Millennio.
Drink it in. This thing is sharp, geometric, and absurdly aggressive, like a race car from a thousand years in the future. The cab sits forward on the body, swooping down into a razor-like nose, while the rear end extends out, suggesting a vast powerplant hidden underneath. The massive wheels sit under huge flared-out fenders, while aero blades and sharp creases can be found everywhere else. And, being a Lamborghini, we expect the customary scissor doors as well.
Of course, being a concept, the Terzo Millennio will inevitably offer far more visual impact than a fully formed production vehicle. That said, we hope Lambo keeps as much of the original design as possible when creating its first hybrid. Because after all, who wouldn’t want to drive this spaceship?
Lamborghini LB48H Hybrid Supercar Interior Design
- Fighter jet-like interior design
- Geometric design components
- Racing bucket seats
- Extra carbon panels, Alcantara upholstery
- Advanced infotainment features focused on speed
- All-digital gauges and readouts
Note: Lamborghini Urus pictured here.
Lamborghini went with a fighter jet aesthetic here, laying it on thick with a broad array of buttons, switches, and toggles.
Like the exterior bits, the interior of the Lamborghini LB48H should be pretty damn wild. While we ideally would have preferred an interior spec pulled from the Terzo Millennio, the second-best guess comes from the company’s new SUV, also known as the Urus.
Per usual, Lamborghini went with a fighter jet aesthetic here, laying it on thick with a broad array of buttons, switches, and toggles. The layout incorporates several geometric design elements, including hexagonal surrounds for the air vents and center console buttons. Everything is sharp and angular, which does well to complement the exterior styling.
Highly bolstered sports seats keep passengers in place in the Urus, but we’d expect the LB48H to up the ante with even more lateral support from a set of racing buckets. And while the Urus can accommodate up to five passengers, Lambo’s hybrid sports car will only seat two.
What’s more, the huge amount of leather and Alcantara inside the Urus will probably get ditched in favor of extra carbon everywhere, including on the dash, door panels, and seat backs. Also look for a high-end infotainment system in the dash, with multiple digital screens offering infotainment inputs up top and HVAC controls below. The gauges behind the flat-bottom, multifunction steering wheel will be all-digital as well, and should come with multiple display modes to customize yours for whatever the situation may be.
Lamborghini LB48H Hybrid Supercar Drivetrain And Performance
- Mates V-10 or V-12 with pony-boosting electric components
- Pulls from the rest of the VAG lineup for parts
- 48-volt mild hybrid system?
- Electric system runs electric compressor for more power
- Keeps that N/A sound and response
- Engine mounted in the middle
- AWD grip
- Standard adaptive suspension
- Carbon fiber and aluminum throughout
- Multiple driving modes
- Adaptive aerodynamics
Note: Lamborghini Terzo Millennio pictured here.
As a hybrid, the LB48H should keep all the good noises of a traditional Lamborghini, plus a bit of added power, but without consuming an ocean of gasoline in the process.
Typically, when we think Lamborghini, we think naturally aspirated V-10’s and V-12’s with soaring rpm limits and a crazy sound signature. It’s a glorious way to get around, but unfortunately, all of the world’s automakers must bend to environmental regulation pressure eventually, and that includes high-performance makes like Lamborghini.
Hence, we have concepts like Terzo Millennio. Of course, that thing was framed as an all-electric super car, which is something we probably won’t see from the likes of Lamborghini for a very long time indeed.
Rather, the LB48H is most likely a hybrid model, mating internal combustion to some kind of efficiency-boosting, power-enhancing electrification. As a hybrid, the LB48H should keep all the good noises of a traditional Lamborghini, plus a bit of added power, but without consuming an ocean of gasoline in the process.
Of course, Lamborghini has never made a hybrid before, so what would such a thing look like? To find out, we looked to the rest of the Volkswagen group for clues.
What would such a thing look like? To find out, we looked to the rest of the Volkswagen group for clues.
The first thing we noticed was that both Audi and Porsche offer hybrid systems in their lineups, but none of the powerplants in question would really fit something like the LB48H. Of course, it bears mentioning that Lamborghini will employ hybrid power for the Urus, taking from the Stuttgart parts bin with a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 pumping out 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque.
It makes sense for an SUV like the Urus. Indeed, much of Lambo’s competition seems to be turning to turbocharged V-8’s for motivation, but again, a range-topper from the Raging Bull needs at least another two cylinders and no turbos bolted to the exhaust manifold to make it work. As we see it, that’s really the only way forward for a model like this.
To that end, we’d love to see Lambo return with another high-flying V-12, paired with an electric component or two, obviously. As a reminder, the Aventador produces upwards of 740 horsepower thanks to a mid-mounted 6.5-liter V-12, and if the brand’s engineers could somehow massage a mild 48-volt hybrid system into the mix, we’d be happy campers.
Maybe we’re onto something here. Consider the name - LB48H. Could the number reference the number of volts in play?
It’s definitely a strong possibility, especially when you consider both Audi and Porsche are already onboard with 48-volt mild hybrid systems for the A7, the A8, and the Cayenne. And while these systems won’t provide a ton of extra power, they could be tuned and tweaked to yield a decent boost in the Lambo, all without hurting emissions.
However, rather than providing the electrons to run the onboard electronics or to propel the vehicle forward, we’re thinking the system will instead be used in a similar fashion as that on the Audi SQ7 diesel.
Note: Audi SQ7 diesel pictured here.
Essentially, the 48-volt hybrid power would be used to juice a compressor wheel, providing the engine with extra boost when digging into the loud pedal.
Essentially, the 48-volt hybrid power would be used to juice a compressor wheel, providing the engine with extra boost when digging into the loud pedal. However, unlike a traditional turbocharger system, the boost wouldn’t come from exhaust gas energy, effectively freeing the engine to make all those unmuffled good noises we’d expect from it. What’s more, the instant charge would give it that free-revving, naturally aspirated feel we’d expect.
One more thing about the name. We already know the “H” most likely stands for hybrid (duh) and the “48” stands for 48 volts, but what about the rest of it? Well, the LB makes us think of LP, a set of letters Lambo has used before that stand for longitudinal posterior, a reference to the car’s powerplant layout. As such, we think the LB stands for some slightly modified drivetrain configuration - either that, or the sources got the name wrong.
Moving onto the transmission side of the equation, a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic should fit the bill nicely. And while purists will undoubtedly cry out for RWD only, we’re thinking AWD is much more likely for the LB48H. After all, the Aventador is AWD, so it makes sense for this other future-leaning vehicle to carry that layout going forward.
If it turns out we’re actually underselling Lamborghini’s commitment to the whole hybrid thing, it’s possible the LB48H will instead use internal combustion to drive the rear wheels, plus a set of electric motors in the nose to drive the front wheels. That said, we still think a more robust hybrid system from Lamborghini is still quite a ways down the line.
Lamborghini definitely has some trick chassis components up its sleeves, and it’s gonna need ‘em to keep all that electrically boosted power in check.
With the powerplant stuff covered, let’s move on to what we think will make this thing handle. Lamborghini definitely has some trick chassis components up its sleeves, and it’s gonna need ‘em to keep all that electrically boosted power in check.
To that end, expect stuff like standard adaptive damper components and adjustable electric boost settings, with multiple drive modes onboard to customize yours the way you want for whatever the situation might be.
We also expect copious amounts of carbon fiber and aluminum throughout to keep it all relatively lightweight, while the aero should be adaptable to either keep it glued to the pavement, or provide a more narrow profile to slice through the air with minimal drag.
Lamborghini LB48H Hybrid Supercar Prices
Note: Lamborghini Aventador badge pictured here.
The Lamborghini LB48H will be a limited edition preview of a forthcoming production model. In reference to the car’s supposed recent private event reveal, TheSupercarBlog.com reports that 200 prospective clients arrived to check it out, but just 63 examples of the car will be built.
The outlet is also reporting production by the end of this year, with deliveries by the second half of 2019.
Apparently, pricing will be extremely high, starting at a whopping $2.5 million.
As for the unrestricted production model set to replace the Aventador, we’re thinking it might debut in 2020 for the 2021 model year.
It’s expected the Lamborghini LB48H Hybrid Supercar will see exposure to the public in Tokyo and New York in the next few weeks. It’s also quite possible we’ll see this thing in California at Monterey Car Week this coming August.
Lamborghini LB48H Hybrid Supercar Competition
If it’s cutting-edge hybridized speed with a multi-million dollar price tag that you’re after, then the Koenigsegg Regera has the goods. Making it move is a 5.0-liter V-8, which gets a double dose of turbocharging, a 4.5-kWh battery pack, and three electric motors, all of which combine to help it produce as much as 1,500 horsepower. That’s a lot, and properly applied, Koenigsegg says it’ll slingshot the Regera to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds and 249 mph in 20 seconds. The Swedish brand made just 80 of ‘em, each of which will run you a hefty $1.9 million.
Read our full review of the 2017 Koenigsegg Regera.
Note: Terzo Millennio concept pictured here.
The LB48H will be the Raging Bull’s very first hybrid supercar, giving us all a preview of things to come from one of the most iconic supercar brands on Earth.
From the Sesto Elemento, to the Veneno Roadster, to the Reventon, and beyond, Lamborghini has certainly made a reputation for itself when it comes to its low-production super cars. To make this occasion even more special, the LB48H will be the Raging Bull’s very first hybrid supercar, giving us all a preview of things to come from one of the most iconic supercar brands on Earth.
Of course, it bears mentioning that Lamborghini seems to be a little late to the party, considering McLaren, Porsche, and Ferrari each introduced their own hybrid supercar models several years ago (P1, 918 Spyder, and LaFerrari, respectively).
While the competition has already gone hybrid, Lamborghini shouldn’t rush headlong into this sort of thing.
Nevertheless, better late than never, and while the competition has already gone hybrid, Lamborghini shouldn’t rush headlong into this sort of thing. Keeping up with the Joneses is one thing, but keeping your brand intact is even more important.
It seems the higher-ups would agree.
“I think the CO2 [requirements] will be attacked in the future with a hybrid machine, where we can leave the emotional naturally aspirated appeal but reduce dramatically the CO2 and fuel consumption using a hybrid,” said Lambo’s Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani in an interview with CarAdvice at the Geneva Motor Show earlier in 2018.
And for any of you out there calling the LB48H out as blasphemy, it’s important to note the reality of Lamborghini’s position - that is, it’s owned by Volkswagen, and currently producing the Urus SUV. Just sayin’. The seal has been broken.
Regardless, we know Lambo likes to use its limited edition vehicles to preview up-and-coming technology and design changes, and that’s looking more and more like what we’re dealing with here.
If done properly, we think this has the potential to be one of the most exciting models Lamborghini has ever produced.
We also really hope Lambo ditches the serial number name, instead opting to go with something exciting plucked from the world of bull fighting, just like the rest of the lineup.
Either way, we consider the LB48H to be a bit of a feeler, something to test the waters of hybridization. If done properly, we think it has the potential to be one of the most exciting models Lamborghini has ever produced.
Read our full review on the 2017 Lamborghini Terzo Millennio Concept.
Read our full review on the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S.
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