The long-awaited successor to the Lamborghini Aventador arrives arsenic the Italian marque’s archetypal measurement into the electrical property – albeit with the bulk of the Revuelto’s 1000bhp being drawn from a caller 6.5-litre V12 powerplant.
The firm’s maiden plug-in hybrid supercar, primitively codenamed LB744, is truthful the astir potent Lamborghini successful the car maker’s history and it delivers immoderate eye-watering numbers: 2.5sec 0-62mph, sub-7.0sec 0-124mph and a apical velocity of much than 217mph.
This is down to a trio of 147bhp electrical motors – 1 integrated into the gearbox and a brace astatine the front, 1 powering each instrumentality – that supplement the 814bhp V12.
Keeping this V12 was a battle, given the Volkswagen Group’s wide determination to downsizing and turbocharging, according to Lamborghini’s erstwhile main method officer, Maurizio Reggiani, who led the aboriginal improvement of the Revuelto.
Yet it was 1 that Lamborghini was capable to triumph owed to some overwhelming enactment from existing customers and the usage of hybridisation to chopped emissions.
Driving an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox mounted down it, the caller motor – turned 180deg compared with the Aventador's – is 17kg lighter than the 1 successful the car it replaces but makes much power, delivering 814bhp astatine a searing 9250rpm, with the limiter not calling clip until 250rpm later.
The artillery battalion sits successful what would antecedently person been considered the transmission passageway and stores a humble 3.8kWh of complaint - bully for an electric-only scope of astir six miles. The information that the charging larboard is wrong the beforehand luggage compartment suggests it is not intended to beryllium plugged successful precise often.
However, the V12 tin straight recharge the artillery battalion done the rear centrifugal successful a process that's claimed to instrumentality conscionable six minutes.
The battalion is overmuch lighter than astir batteries, weighing 70kg, with the beforehand motors adding different 80kg of mass. Fuel system and CO2 figures haven’t been finalised, but Lamborghini says some volition beryllium astir 30% amended than the Aventador Ultimae's.
The battery’s highest travel complaint is the limiting origin connected electrical assistance, with a maximum of 140kW equating to 187bhp. Each of the 3 motors tin instrumentality up to 147bhp, allowing the battery’s output to beryllium juggled accordingly - and with torque biasing crossed the beforehand axle.
The rear electrical centrifugal adds assistance to 1 shaft successful the dual-clutch gearbox, meaning it is imaginable for the 2 sides of the Revuelto’s powertrain to beryllium driving antithetic gears simultaneously.
Like the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 and Countach LPI 800-4 hyper-hybrids, arsenic good arsenic the Ferrari SF90, the Revuelto volition reverse nether electrical powerfulness only, but has the quality to thrust each 4 wheels.
The Revuelto volition beryllium heavier than the Aventador, contempt value savings passim the structure. The caller car’s carbonfibre tub is some lighter and 40% stiffer than the past generation's and present features a composite beforehand clang operation - a satellite archetypal successful a roadworthy car.
But the bulk of the hybrid strategy means that wide wide is inactive higher. Lamborghini hasn’t released a ceremonial kerb weight, but the committedness of a power-to-weight ratio of 563bhp per tonne puts it at 1776kg.
Underneath, the Aventador’s pushrod-operated suspension has been replaced by accepted upright springs for the duplicate wishbones astatine each corner. Lamborghini CTO Rouven Mohr says the caller statement has packaging advantages and improvements successful damper exertion person allowed adjacent show from accepted mountings.
The Revuelto volition besides get modular rear-axle steering positive progressive aerodynamic elements. There isn’t an authoritative fig for highest downforce but we’re told it volition beryllium astir the aforesaid arsenic the Aventador SVJ made with its adjustable helping successful its lowest-drag configuration.
The car's plan draws connected galore acquainted Lamborghini themes and keeps the trademark wedgy proportions that agelong backmost to the Countach. But determination is tons of innovation, excessively - from the compact LED headlights that beryllium beneath the overhang of the bonnet to the deliberately disposable radar sensors integrated into the beforehand grille.
The broadside illustration is defined by the immense aerial intakes down the front-hinged doors, but determination is besides a caller transmission supra these, nether buttress-style helping elements. Lines astatine the rear are kept cleanable by a deployable spoiler and the motor is disposable done an aperture successful the carbonfibre rear bonnet.
The interior is much spacious and overmuch much high-tech than the Aventador’s. The Revuelto gets a reconfigurable letterbox-shaped 9.1in passenger-side show surface to supplement its integer instruments and portrait-orientated 8.4in cardinal touchscreen.
Most driving controls are integrated into the steering wheel, with abstracted controls for the dynamic and powertrain modes. The compartment besides has acold much oddment space than immoderate of its predecessors and this volition beryllium the archetypal Lamborghini supercar to travel with pop-out Porsche-style cupholders.
The Revuelto’s aboriginal occurrence is guaranteed: the archetypal 2 years of accumulation are already sold, according to Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann. Pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we’re told that adjacent successful its motorboat guise, the Revuelto volition outgo much than the Aventador SVJ.
Lamborghini has besides confirmed the aforesaid halfway architecture and electrical AWD strategy volition underpin the Lamborghini Huracán’s replacement, but that car is acceptable to commercialized the outgoing V10 for a twin-turbocharged V8.