Lamborghini PHEV Incoming, Aventador and Huracan Successors Included

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Previous reports suggest Lamborghini took an interest in electrification for the next generation of supercars. Speaking to Automotive News, chief executive officer Stefano Domenicali made it clear that plug-in hybrid is the setup the Raging Bull of Sant’Agata Bolognese it chose for the successors of the Huracan and Aventador.
The first step in this direction will be made in 2019, when the Urus is expected to gain a plug-in hybrid powertrain with similar specifications to the one in the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Total system output comes in at 680 PS (671 horsepower) and 850 Nm (627 pound-feet), which isn’t enough for Lamborghini to take the crown from the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Turning our attention back to the mid-engine lineup, the change will happen "probably around 2021, with the Aventador replacement that will add a motor to its V12 engine." Domenicali added that "the same will happen later also on the V-10 family when we replace the Huracan. A plug-in model is the only way to maintain performance and keep Lamborghini's engine sound while also reducing emissions,” he concluded.

Some reports suggest that the Aventador’s successor would feature an electrified front axle, translating to an electric drive unit up front. The 6.5-liter V12 would remain naturally aspirated, sending all the suck-squeeze-bang-blow to the rear wheels of the supercar.

Another report guesstimated the output of the Aventador replacement would level up to 1,172 horsepower whereas the successor of the Huracan would deliver up to 985 horsepower. Speaking of which, does anyone remember the Asterion concept from the 2014 Paris Motor Show, capable of 910 horsepower from a combination of three electric motors, the 5.2-liter V10, and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission from the Huracan?

Being part of the Volkswagen Group, Lamborghini also experimented with the plug-in V6 powertrain of the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid. But as it happens, such a combination doesn’t befit the maddest supercar manufacturer in the business, so Lamborghini scrapped the plans of using a six-cylinder engine.

A fourth model is also planned, with Domenicali making a case for a grand tourer that would serve as the spiritual successor to the Espada. Complete electrification is considered for this model, which is expected to launch between 2025 and 2027 if everything goes according to plan.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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