Much has been written lately about Lamborghini and how it plans to hybridize all three model lines by 2024 and add a fully electric car in the second half of the decade. Considering the Ultimae is Sant’Agata Bolognese’s latest V12 road vehicle without hybrid assistance, it looks like the writing is on the wall for the naturally aspirated twelve-cylinder engine. Where is it?
Well, there is hope for the 1% looking for a pure Lamborghini ICE V12 experience, as the 6.5-liter unit without forced induction could have new life on a racetrack. Since track-only vehicles don’t have to comply with emissions regulations, the legendary Italian marque has hinted that other low-volume models, similar to the Essenza SCV12, could follow.
Asked by Coach As to whether Lamborghini has plans for additional non-hybrid V12 machines, CEO Stephan Winkelmann hasn’t ruled out the possibility: “Let’s see what happens. We do that from time to time. We have a lot to do, so we need to focus. ”Likewise, Aston Martin said earlier this year that it would ditch gas-only road cars by 2030, but the track stages could still have a powertrain without a hybrid add-on.
Meanwhile, Lamborghini is preparing to launch a new V12 hybrid model later this year using supercapacitor technology that debuted with the Sián FKP 37. It won’t be Aventador’s replacement as the flagship car of the year. The company will transition to the next generation in 2023 when it adopts a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
In 2022, the Urus will also be electrified as part of its mid-cycle facelift. It’s unclear what kind of powertrain it will receive, but we’re leaning towards a plug-in hybrid setup, as other VW Group models mounted on the MLB Evo platform have a PHEV arrangement. As for the Huracan, its direct successor is slated for release in 2024 and will be electrified from day one. Hopefully it will keep the V10.