Boy did time fly! It’s been ten years since Lamborghini’s tough Aventador burst onto the scene as the ballistic successor to the once-mighty Murcielago. While it looks as fresh as the day it was launched, it’s time for the old bull as its unnamed replacement is on the way.
Recent spy shots show a radically new look, and reports point to an equally wild powertrain. Yes, it’s now a hybrid, but don’t panic – it’s still a superbly orchestral V12 supercharged to complement the electronic punch.
Wild style as always
Like something straight out of Star Wars, the successor to the Aventador continues the tradition of Lamborghini design that dares to be different. Since the life of the Italian halo model is usually extended to 10 years and beyond, the exotic car maker is trying to make it look attractive for many years.
Key design elements? The razor-sharp front end features Sián-inspired Y-shaped DRLs with the main lighting units tucked neatly behind them. An aggressive intake from below frames a distinctive splitter that radiates outwards from the center.
The side view retains Lamborghini’s famous wedge-shaped profile, with large side intakes now joining the rear pillars to form a ‘W’ outline. The greenhouse is quite similar to the Huracan and the outgoing Aventador, with small quarter windows in front and behind the main side glass.
The rear view is the wildest after all. Here, the taillights mimic the front DRLs with a ‘Y’ motif and flank a set of high-mounted flame-spewing quads. Up front, the rear deck has an almost double fairing before transitioning to the engine compartment cover. Keen observers will notice the Ford GT-style struts and the central air vent that is part of the lower diffuser.
Under the skin
While Sant’Agata Bolognese manages to hide inside, it’s probably just as wild outside. As with most supercars, don’t expect plenty of interior space, but a tailor-made activity for driver and passenger.
The jet fighter-like cockpit will have enhanced digital connectivity with wireless updates, wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 360-degree surround view system helps with visibility and offers a range of driver aids and driving modes.
An electrified 12-cylinder symphony
In a sign of the times, the Lamborghini flagship has prepared a gasoline-electric hybrid with a reduced C02 content. It is the Italian brand’s first plug-in hybrid as it threatens to electrify the entire range, with the popular Urus and Huracan to follow.
However, unlike the Prius at your local grocery store, this hybrid uses a new fire V12 along with an electric motor and battery.
While official details have yet to be released, Lamborghini points out that the V12 is a new engine unrelated to the already impressive 6.5-liter naturally aspirated unit found in the current car. By comparison, the hybrid, supercharger-equipped Sián draws more than 774 horsepower, so expect more power.
Speculations suggest that a new dual-clutch transmission will be used to send power to all four wheels.
A quick rivalry
Lamborghini’s flagship will go up against the insanely fast Ferrari SF90 Stradale from Maranello, McLaren 720S, Aston Martin DBS and Porsche 911 Turbo S.
We expect an official debut later this year or early 2023, probably in 2024 for the North American market.
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