With the Ultimae serving as Sant’Agata Bolognese’s last pure gasoline V12 car, Lamborghini is now going full steam ahead to electrify its three-model lineup. In an interview with Coach magazine, the company’s CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, has revealed what the near future holds for the rampaging bull, starting at the end of the year, when the company unveils a new model.
Announced for its debut this summer in a press release mainly talking about Lamborghini’s “six best months of all time” in sales, the next car will feature a naturally aspirated V12 engine with hybrid assist. Without going into too much detail, the 56-year-old executive said he would use supercapacitor technology in the same vein as the 819-horsepower Sián FKP 37 – the company’s first electrified production car.
During the same interview, Winkelmann said that 2022 will be the year Lamborghini will present two models based on the Huracan and the Urus. The mid-engined V10 supercar will not move to the next generation in 2022, as the big boss said it will happen in 2024. This means that the existing model will get another derivative to follow on from the Super Trofeo Omologata. Time will tell if this will be an STO Spyder or some other type of Huracan.
As for the Urus expected next year, the Super SUV will undergo a mid-cycle refresh likely bringing in a bit more power and a plug-in hybrid setup. Camouflaged prototypes have been spotted several times in recent months, and Lamborghini recently celebrated the making of 15,000 examples of its spiritual successor LM002.
Further on, Winkelmann said Coach the successor to the Aventador will be launched in 2023 with a PHEV configuration. It won’t use a supercapacitor because it says it represents “bridge technology” and is not green enough to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations. This is the reason Lamborghini will adopt a plug-in hybrid powertrain based on an all-new V12 engine.
Asked about the weight penalty imposed by the additional equipment related to electrification, the senior officers avoided a direct answer by referring to the power / weight ratio. Reading between the lines, this means that the replacement for the Aventador will be more powerful thanks to the electric boost to compensate for the added fat. That said, more carbon fiber and other ultralight materials could minimize the weight gain.
Regarding the next-gen Huracan, Winkelmann said it was too early to say whether it would keep the 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine shared with the Audi R8. He did not rule out the possibility of a hybrid V6, saying Lamborghini will study other types of engines before making a “balanced decision”.
As for the already confirmed fourth model range arriving after 2025 with an all-electric setup, the Lambo boss said it won’t be an SUV. Instead, it will take the form of “at least a 2 + 2, so a car that drives daily”. It sounds like a big swoopy tourer to us, so while it won’t be the Estoque sedan we’ve been patiently waiting for, it could be a modern-day Espada.