Lamborghini Confirms Hybrids are Coming, But Condemns the 2020 Geneva Motor Show
Lamborghini’s parent company, Audi, has issued a press release that, among other things, says that Lambo won’t be attending the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The idea behind this move is that it wants to skip GIMS so that it can focus on “standalone events” where its cars won’t have to share the spotlight with rival models. If you were there last year, you’d know that isn’t really the case – Lambo was in the middle of one of the larger halls and surrounded by cars it doesn’t compete with – but hey, one excuse is as good as any other. There’s a little more to this story, though.
Lamborghini Wants to Rewrite the Book on Electrification and the Sian FKP 37 Was the First Chapter
Lamborghini has slowly been dipping its toes in the ocean that is electrification, but so far, it has yet to go beyond knee-deep. The 2017 Terzo Millennio Concept car previewed Lambo’s future electrification technology, and the new Sian FKP 37 is only a hybrid because Lamborghini was able to develop a small supercapacitor that made hybridization possible without compromising the traditional Lamborghini driving experience. However, this technology is far from ready to be adopted into Lamborghini’s lineup full time, at least not to the extent that the company can create full-fledged series-production hybrid cars. So, Lamborghini needs to rewrite the book on electrification and hybridization – here’s how it plans to do it.
2020 Lamborghini Sian FKP 37
The 2020 Lamborghini Sian is a hybrid supercar that the Italian firm unveiled ahead of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Powered by a V-12 gasoline engine and an electric motor, the Sian is Lambo’s first mass-produced hybrid. However, the supercar is limited to only 63 units, so it’s actually a preview of things to come, like an electrified successor to the Aventador.
Design-wise, the Sian stands on its own by combining a new design language with styling cues inspired by the iconic Lamborghini Countach. Its interior, on the other hand, is based on the Aventador’s, albeit it comes with bespoke elements and fancier features. The Sian also showcases innovative technology, like a state-of-the-art energy recuperating system and a supercapacitor instead of a traditional lithium-ion battery. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
The 2020 Lamborghini Sian is Lambo’s first hybrid and its most powerful car!
Following years of intense development, Lamborghini unveiled its first hybrid production car. Meet the 2020 Lamborghini Sian, the "hybrid super sports car" that combines technology from the Asterion and Terzo Millennio concepts into a limited-edition production model. Set to be unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the Sian also introduces Lamborghini’s new design language. More importantly, it’s the fastest Lamborghini ever produced!
Lamborghini Will Hold a Press Conference at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, But What Will it Debut There?
Lamborghini is preparing for a massive unveiling at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, and from the looks of things, it may involve a car that we’ve heard of yet know little about. It’s industry knowledge at this point that Lamborghini is preparing a low-volume hybrid hypercar that would serve as a preview for the replacement model of the Lamborghini Aventador. The car, codenamed LB48H, was supposedly shown to a group of select people in 2018 before it makes its world début sometime this year. Well, it looks like Lamborghini is now preparing to début the hypercar at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, which starts on September 12, 2019. More details about the LB48H should arrive in the leadup to Frankfurt. Buckle those seatbelts, folks. Lamborghini’s hybrid hypercar is coming.
Lamborghini Doesn’t Have a Plug-in Hybrid Supercar Yet and There’s a Damn Good Reason Why
Just as the entire supercar world found itself drawn into the world of hybridization, Lamborghini has steadfastly stood its ground, showing unfailing commitment to its yoke of naturally aspirated V-10 and V-12 engines. That’s all about to change, though, now that the higher-ups at Sant’Agata Bolognese have confirmed plans to launch its first-ever plug-in hybrid hypercar. Don’t look now, but the latest intel surrounding this upcoming model has ties to both the Aventador and the Terzo Millennio Concept that Lambo proudly showed off back in 2017. What does the Italian automaker have in store for the rest of the hypercar world? A game-changer of unworldly proportions.
Lamborghini’s First Hybrid will Debut in Frankfurt as - You Guessed It - a Special Edition Model
The wait for Lamborghini’s first hybrid supercar will come to an end at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The yet-to-be-named hybrid monster is a touchpoint for the Italian automaker as it lays the foundation for its own hybrid plans for the future. For now, the hybrid supercar goes by the name “LB48H.” Details are still scarce at this point, but Lamborghini is expected to take styling cues from the Terzo Millenio EV Concept it unveiled last year and graft them onto the hybrid supercar. This model also holds the distinction for being the rarest among all hybrid exotics that have been released in recent years. Lamborghini’s building only 63 units — the 63-car volume is a nod to 1963, the year Lamborghini was born — and, unfortunately for all of us, all 63 units are already accounted for.
A Successor to the Lamborghini Espada Could Hit the Market by 2025
Lamborghini Wants to Take on the Aston Martin Valkyrie and McLaren Senna!
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Domenicali has said that Lamborghini is looking at developing a new high-end niche hypercar with “extreme-aero”. The car would compete with the likes of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and the McLaren Senna. I would say that its buyers would probably consider that delayed Mercedes-AMG One as well. Nevertheless, the new mad, extreme Lamborghini may well be on its way. It would be the maddest, wildest, and naughtiest Lamborghini of all time. Can’t get better than that, can it now?
Lamborghini’s First-Ever Hybrid Hypercar Could Be An 838-Horsepower Powerhouse
Now that the buzz surrounding the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is subsiding, it’s now time to turn our attention to Lamborghini’s first-ever hypercar. The latest intel on the model — we only know it today as the “LB48H” — suggests that the hybrid hypercar will produce 838 horsepower, making it the most powerful Lamborghini ever created. Like the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63, only 63 units of the hybrid hypercar are expected to be produced, each carrying a rumored price tag of $2.5 million.
Lamborghini’s First Hybrid Supercar, the LB48H, Will Resemble the Terzo Millennio Concept
Lamborghini is in the process of cooking up a new one-off vehicle, codenamed the LB48H. The project is said to be far along in the development that a prototype was showcased at a private event in Italy a few weeks ago. The supercar is expected to carry a hybrid powertrain and will be launched sometime in 2020. If this car turns into what we think it is, this could be Lamborghini’s first venture into the world of hypercars.
Start Preparing for a World Where Plug-In Hybrid Lamborghinis Exist
It’s official. Lamborghini will replace the Aventador and Huracan supercars with plug-in hybrid successors. The two models are scheduled to arrive sometime in 2020 and 2022, respectively. That should be enough time for Lambo purists and old-school fans alike to come to grips with the future direction of the Italian automaker. Don’t feel too bad, though, because naturally aspirated V-10s and V-12s will remain part of Lamborghini’s powertrain equation. They’ll just get some form of hybrid assistance to help Lamborghini cut back on its emissions output.
Lamborghini Aventador Successor Could Go Hybrid
In the latest sign of the changing times, Lamborghini is now looking into a future where hybrid powertrains will play bigger roles in shaping its future portfolio of supercars, one that includes the successor to the Lamborghini Aventador. The company’s chief technical officer, Maurizio Reggiani, said that government emissions regulations will play a big part in determining the future of Lamborghini’s engine offerings. That’s not to say that its trademark V-12 engines will bite the dust, but it is indicative of the changing landscape that’s affecting all segments of the auto industry.
Lamborghini Aventador Could be Replaced by Hybrid Hypercar but the Brand Will Avoid Self-Driving and All-Electric Tech
In yet another sign that times are changing in Lamborghini, the Italian automaker is reportedly considering a hybrid supercar to serve as a replacement to the Lamborghini Aventador once the latter’s life cycle ends. It’s not a foregone conclusion, but Lamborghini’s head of research and development, Maurizio Reggiani, isn’t about to close the door on the possibility either. On the other hand, don’t expect the Italian automaker to start rolling out the red carpet for electric cars and autonomous vehicles. That’s not happening anytime soon because Lambo is still Lambo, and as such, it still has performance requirements to uphold.
Lamborghini Urus Hybrid Could Generate 700 Horsepower!
The Lamborghini Urus, the company’s first SUV since 1993, was just unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the automotive world is already talking about future versions of the vehicle. A hybrid model has been in the rumor mill for at least a year now, but a new report claims that an electrified version of the Urus could arrive before the end of the decade. Its drivetrain is obviously a mystery at this point, but word has it that the plug-in hybrid could borrow its drivetrain from the Porsche Panamera. With the Urus using the same underpinnings as the sedan, this move would make a lot of sense, but the big deal here is that the Urus PHEV will probably end up being more powerful than the gasoline-only version.
Specifically, the range-topping Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, which pairs a turbocharged, 4.0-liter, V-8 and an electric motor, comes with a whopping 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of twist on tap. That’s 30 horses more than the Urus. And, knowing Lambo, it may want a bit more power, so a 700-horsepower rating is very likely. The extra oomph will make the hybrid quicker than the standard model by at least two tenths, if not more. On top of that, it will return better fuel economy and gain the ability to run on electricity alone, albeit for less than 40 miles. Emissions will drop too, which will make the Urus a bit more affordable in China, one of Lambo’s most important markets.
There’s no specific word as to when the Urus plug-in hybrid may arrive, but with the Panamera’s drivetrain already available, it could happen as soon as late 2018.
The chances of seeing a production version of Lamborghini’s 2015 Lamborghini LPI 910-4 Asterion concept car are less than great now that the company is moving forward with production of the 2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV.
Lamborghini is in the process of doubling the size of its factory in Sant’Agata, Italy and hiring 500 new employees to accommodate Urus production. The aim is to build 3,000 annually, which would double Lamborghini’s current output. Given the massive investment, the bandwidth to produce the Asterion simply isn’t there, and Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann now says production in unlikely.
"It was built to show what we would do if the regulations forced us to have 30 miles of electric range as well as high-speed performance,” Winkelmann recently told Autocar. “Because of the weight of the batteries, we also took the opportunity to make the car bigger and roomier. We wanted to see customer reactions.”
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It would be wrong to describe the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este as a classic car show. It is in a whole other league of classic car event, along with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, though the Villa d’Este event is much older, and the model on which the Pebble Beach event was built. These events have become so popular that big that manufacturers now bring concepts, the same as they do for big international auto shows. Sometimes these are new concepts, but usually they’re cars that have been shown before, brought to give the mega-rich attendees of the event a closer look.
This year, Lamborghini brought the Asterion plug-in hybrid hypercar concept that was unveiled toward the end of last year. The video will give us a much better look at it, and we’ll hear the 5.2-liter V-10 (admittedly not a new engine) being fired up. We get some good looks at the details as well, although the somewhat questionable looks of the car are still very much present. But the car does look very much at home on the hotel grounds, which is surely why Lamborghini chose to bring it.
While past reports have suggested that Lamborghini isn’t going anywhere near hybrid technology in the foreseeable future, it appears that the Italian automaker is slowly warming up to the idea. That sentiment was shared to Autocar by Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s head of research and development, during a recent conversation regarding the status of the 2015 Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept. According to Reggiani, the Asterion could still have a production future, even though he stopped short of fully confirming this admittedly awesome new development.
The Asterion was initially described as a “technology demonstrator” by Lamborghini, combining elements of Lambo tradition like a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine with new hybrid technology. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann also had some resistance on building a production version of the Asterion, but with the recent demand attached to the P1, the 918 Spyder, and the Ferrari LaFerrari, Lamborghini now knows that there’s a pretty healthy market for these high-priced exotics. The Asterion, with its projected price tag, would certainly fit in as the cheapest alternative yet still boast the performance cache Lamborghini is famous for.
For now, Lamborghini is still trying to come up with a game plan for what kind of package the Asterion would have should it hit production. Reggiani told Autocar that the hybrid supercar could retain the concept’s features, including using the carbon-fiber monocoque chassis of the Lamborghini Aventador and combine it with a new upper half that would make the A-pillars more upright, thus improving visibility and making it easier to access the cabin.
The automaker is also in the middle of trying to determine the kind of hybrid mix it would want to have in the event a production version of the Asterion needs it in the future. The company is also discussing the potential cost of the car and how it can be packaged to make it lighter and still more affordable than its counterparts.
If Lamborghini does decide to give the go-ahead and build a production version of the Asterion, the Italian automaker plans to aim it directly at the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder, albeit packaged more as a “luxury daily cruiser” instead of an ultimate track monster. The Asterion’s projected price tag of £350,000, which is about $547,842 as of 12/16/2014, makes it significantly cheaper than the $845,000 price tag of the 918 Spyder and the $1.15 million sticker attached to the P1.
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All of the big names in the performance category are jumping into the hybrid supercar ring. The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 have been dominating headlines with their prodigious performance, but now there is one more contender jumping into the game. Lamborghini has just unveiled a hybrid supercar called the Asterion. It is a plug-in hybrid, more similar to the Porsche 918 than the machines from McLaren and Ferrari. The system uses a trio of electric motors along with a gasoline-powered, V-10 engine to create a monumental 897 horsepower. The results are a zero to 60 time that hovers around 3 seconds, a top speed of around 200 mph, and it will travel for more than 30 miles on pure electric power alone.
The only thing about the Asterion that isn’t amazing seems to be the looks. The design is a bit questionable in these first photos, but we expect it will be like the Porsche Panamera; prettier in person than in print. For now, just jump past that break and you can read all about this crazy new machine, and see lots more photos to boot. Now get moving!
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Lamborghini has no plans to enter the hybrid supercar market, which means that dreams of a Lambo taking on the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari can now be put to rest. Lamborghini president and CEO Stefan Winkelmann put the kabosh on ice, saying that there’s no way a supercar market can sustain building hybrid exotics and expect them to be produced as normal production cars. It’s a niche market for the time being, and the obscene price tags attached to these models is not, in Winkelmann’s words, "fulfillable at the time being".
“What you see now — and I don’t want to be, let’s say, finger pointing — but what you see now in the world of the hybrids is not something which is going to be in normal production cars; due to cost, or due to weight if the cost is a normal one,” Winkelmann told CarAdvice.
Feasibility is a big thing for Lamborghini and the idea of building a hybrid supercar just isn’t one, especially when it’s in the business of selling as many of its already awesome naturally aspirated exotics like the Aventador and the recently-launched Huracan.
Tacking a million-dollar price tag on a hybrid supercar isn’t a market that’s sustainable even if P1 and the LaFerrari sales go through the roof. In some ways, the car’s exclusivity is what’s making these sales figures rise up. But if Ferrari or McLaren decide to offer the LaFerrari and the P1 as normal production cars, it’s going to be difficult for them to maintain a significant market of customers willing to pay that kind of premium.
That kind of thinking is more than enough reason for Lamborghini to do away with thoughts of joining the party. If the costs go down and interest is still there, then Lambo could probably change its mind, but for now, it’s not a road Winkelmann is comfortable leading Lamborghini to.
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We wish we had this kid’s talent. Slavche Tanevsky has created his own take on what a future Lamborghini model should look like.
In collaboration with Lamborghini and Audi designers as part of Lamborghini’s Raw Materials Project, Slavche Tanevsky, a student from the Munich University of Applied Sciences, has created his own take rendition of a future Lamborghini concept.
Calling it the Madura - an island in Indonesia known for its bull races - Tanevsky’s concept is his proposal for the first Lamborghini hybrid that’s scheduled to hit the streets in 2016. “Doing a car (that’s) more efficient and more nature-friendly, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be exciting, good-looking and fast,” he said.
Whereas our designing skills leave a lot to be desired, Tanevsky’s take on the future hybrid Lamborghini looks like a winner. The car’s unique appearance is a credit to the skills and talent of the student. Tanevsky created a more aggressive Lamborghini without taking anything away from the classic elements of the brand.
Photos courtesy of Slavche Tanevsky.
Supercar makers never the thought the day would come when they’d eventually jump on the hybrid bandwagon. After all, it does go against everything they hold so dear: power, speed, more power, and more speed.
But times have indeed changed and with that, so have the taste and preference of most car buyers. With the cards being dealt as it is, it seems like there’s no going around the hybrid train anymore and Lamborghini has instead decided to jump on board.
According to Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini is in the infancy stage of developing a small electric motor in conjunction with gasoline power, which could eventually lead to Lambo cars that cuts down on fuel consumption. The Lamborghini brass has also estimated a 2015 launch for this hybrid vehicle.
Blasphemous as it sounds for a super car brand to produce a mild hybrid version, the prevailing thought is that with Porsche and Ferrari already in the process of developing their own hybrids, it was only a matter of time before Lamborghini joins their supercar brethren in the ever-increasing hybrid pursuit.
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If the news about Ferrari bringing a hybrid concept to the Los Angeles Auto Show wasn’t shocking enough for you, this one is equally as electrifying: Lamborghini is also considering incorporating a hybrid drive train into their super cars as a means of reducing their vehicles CO2 emissions.
The Italian luxury car builder made the first step when they engineered the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 to achieve a maximum output while reducing CO2 exhaust emissions by almost 20%. In the future, Lamborghini will focus on lightening up their vehicles, improving combustion efficiency, reducing the parasitic loss caused by friction, taking advantage of fuel saving automatic start/stop systems, gas/electric hybrid drive train modules and renewable biofuels.
Following a similar path as Ferrari, the other exotic manufacturer from Italy is working towards creating the future super car. A world in which elite car owners will brag about going 200 MPH while their cars get unheard of fuel efficiency and release zero emissions, as opposed to how fast their car looks standing still. A future filled with vehicles a lot like the Tesla Roadster.
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