Lamborghini is still resisting downsizing by sticking to its mighty V12 for the Aventador replacement, while the Huracán’s successor has already been confirmed with an engine featuring « more than six cylinders ».
Both models will be hybridized to comply with stricter emissions regulations. But on the side of Sant’Agata Bolognese, we don’t really seem ready to abandon the combustion engine yet.
Lamborghini still has a little time
In an interview with Tech Crunch magazine, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said the company doesn’t have to decide now when it should shut down combustion engines. While the big brands will have no other choice but to abandon thermal power in Europe by the middle of the next decade, the « smaller » manufacturers will benefit from an additional year.
« It’s a bit difficult, because the European Parliament decided earlier in the year to ban internal combustion engines by 2035, and small manufacturers like Lamborghini by 2036, so we don’t need decide now »commented Stephan Winkelmann.
The big boss of the firm with the bull thinks that there is also a potential to be exploited at the level of synthetic fuels: « We may still have the opportunity to get into synthetic fuels with these types of cars. » However, Stephan Winkelmann clarified that this can only happen if the legislation is changed, which he says is not about to happen. If synthetic fuels are not democratized, the leader already affirms that Lamborghini will switch to all-electric in the early 2030s.
Still thermal, but soon to be electrically assisted
The first model of the firm to do without a heat engine will arrive in 2028 in the form of a crossover. Before that, a plug-in hybrid Urus should see the light of day before the end of the year. The Urus and the Huracán Sterrato will be the last cars equipped with a heat engine without electric assistance at Lamborghini.
By 2025, the Italian manufacturer aims to halve its CO emissions2 by hybridizing its three model ranges thanks to an investment of 1.5 billion euros. Some of that money will be used to further develop the carbon fiber components to offset the weight savings caused by the batteries.