The Aventador’s Long-Awaited Successor Is a V12 Hybrid Hypercar You Can’t Ignore
Italy’s Bologna-based performance car maker is a bit late to the plug-in party. Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, and even Honda acquiesced to the coming fossil-fuel-less future years ago with potent hybrid powertrains. But Lamborghini is different, making its mark with its revered 12-cylinder, fire-spitting flagship battlecruisers that are a testament to the history of internal combustion. With its all-new V12 hybrid hypercar, however, the company is set to continue living in the limelight with the 1,001-horsepower Lamborghini Revuelto.
Which Lamborghini is replacing the Aventador?
For 11 years, the Aventador played a role as the wildest road car Lamborghini offered. To outmatch the beloved Lambo, the company returned to its history to give the Revuelto an all-encompassing look. Despite establishing a brand-new design language, the Revuelto displays inspirations from previous V12 legends. It’s longitudinally reminiscent of the Countach prototype, transversely proportional to the Diablo, and has the aggressive demeanor of the Murciélago and Aventador, along with the Sián’s lighting signatures.
Like many Lamborghinis, the Aventador replacement is named after a Spanish fighting bull. Revuelto (pronounced rey-WEL-to) means “unruly” in English, and the moniker has its roots in a late-19th-century Barcelona bullring. Nevertheless, the company also invented a new acronym for its V12 hybrid hypercar, dubbed a high-performance electrified vehicle (HPEV).
What powers the new Lamborghini Revuelto?
Although it’s the same displacement as the L539 V12 it replaces, Lamborghini says the new LB744 powertrain in their V12 hybrid hypercar features an “unprecedented layout.” The mid-mounted naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 puts down 814 horsepower and 535 pounds-feet of torque by itself. But a trio of electric motors pushes the Revuelto to 1,001 horsepower.
Two electric motors drive the front wheels via an e-axle, thus providing all-wheel drive. The third is integrated into the transversely-mounted eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to assist the V12 on the rear axle. The now-empty transmission tunnel is home to a new 3.8-kWh lithium-ion battery, which the rear motor helps recharge. Enthusiasts shouldn’t fret about the electrically-assisted soundtrack; the old V12 stopped at 8,500 rpm, whereas the new V12 hybrid hypercar sings all the way to 9,500 rpm.
The Revuelto is not only the most powerful Lamborghini ever but also the highest-output plug-in hybrid hypercar. It beats out Ferrari’s 986-horsepower SF90 Stradale, but the Revuelto probably can’t overcome the prancing horse in a straight-line speed test. Lamborghini says their V12 hybrid hypercar takes 2.5 seconds to hit 60 mph, a few tenths slower than the Ferrari.
Lamborghini’s new aviation-inspired chassis also makes a substantial contribution to the dynamics. The carbon fiber monofuselage weighs 10% less than the Aventador chassis but is 25% stiffer. The Revuelto also has 66% more downforce than the outgoing Aventador Ultimae, thanks to the front splitter and roof design channeling airflow to the rear wing.
Can Lamborghini’s new V12 hybrid hypercar drive on electric power alone?
The first-ever Lamborghini PHEV will have a plethora of driving modes, including Città (City), purposed for everyday driving in built-up areas. Electric-only power output is just 177 horsepower, a bit less than what’s offered when mated with the V12. The 3.8-kWh battery can’t handle daily driving requirements, but there are 12 other modes of excitement.
With the introduction of the e-axle, the Revuelto has electric torque vectoring for the first time in its history in the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo 2.0 system. The function increases the car’s agility in narrow cornering and its steadiness in high-speed cornering. Stability is critical for the all-new V12 hybrid hypercar as it has a claimed top speed beyond 217 mph.
How much is Lamborghini’s new V12 hybrid hypercar?
Lamborghini has yet to release price figures on their 2024 model year Revuelto. Considering the non-hybrid Aventador can be had for a cool half-million, it’s likely that the Revuelto will cost a couple hundred thousand more. But potential customers will have the opportunity to make their new V12 hybrid hypercar even more expensive.
The Revuelto will offer the most potential for personalization. In fact, 400 bodywork colors are offered together with many more personalization options at the client’s disposal. There are also 70 different interior colors to choose from. Regardless, most may focus on the sheer importance of the Revuelto, baptized in 60 years of mechanical craftsmanship, standing on the cusp of the all-electric future.