Lamborghini confirms next Huracan, Aventador going hybridby Ronan Glon
The good news is they'll keep their naturally-aspirated engines.
Companies from all over the automotive spectrum are turning to technologies like forced induction and downsizing in a bid to meet looming emissions regulations. Not Lamborghini. The Italian brand has once again stressed its commitment to naturally-aspirated, large displacement engines.
That doesn't mean the brand's current 10- and 12-cylinder engines will carry on unchanged. Maurizio Reggiani, the head of Lamborghini's research and development department, suggested gasoline-electric hybrid technology will play an increasingly important role in the future.
"We will continue to choose natural aspiration for the super-sports cars. In the future, we will need to take account of fuel consumption and emissions. I am convinced the naturally aspirated engine coupled with a hybrid system can be the right answer," he told British magazine Autocar.
He hinted the replacements for the Aventador and the Huracan will go hybrid when they're launched around (or slightly after) the turn of the coming decade. It's a necessary encumbrance that complicates the development process.
"We need to reinvent this icon without [losing] the characteristics of the current car: carbon fiber, the V12 naturally aspirated engine and other components. Looking forward, if it is a hybrid then in what ways can we compensate for its weight?," he pointed out.
We'll learn more details about Lamborghini's next-generation super-sports cars in the coming months. But while the brand is going all in on hybrid models, it's not ready to introduce an electric model because the right technology doesn't exist yet.