A non-turbo V12 is key to the brand, says its CTO
Adding an electric motor could help it stay 12-cylinder
If you’re worried about the next generation of Lamborghini hypercar and what electrification and engine downsizing means for the model, you can probably stop that worrying. At least for one more generation. The company’s tech boss says that natural aspiration and a V12 are essential to the brand and that the combination isn’t going anywhere. It’s just doing to get improved.
Chief Technical Officer Maurizio Reggiani told Car and Driver that the replacement for the Lamborghini Aventador will get a turbo-free V12, mounted in the proper spot in the rear, and to help it meet power and emissions requirements it will get a hybrid motor.
“The V-12 has been part of the story of Lamborghini since the very beginning. It has been present in every year of our history, which is why our strategy and our vision for the future is to continue to have a V-12 coupled with a hybrid motor,” Reggiani said.
Lamborghini had already shown off some small trips down the electrification road with the Sian that used a V12 and a supercapacitor-powered electric motor for boost.
“I remember when I started working in Modena, the people I learned from told me that naturally aspirated engines are how you prove engineering is good,” he said, “because nothing helps you. You must be able to suck as much air as possible and then, based only on this, put more fuel inside the combustion chamber to generate power.” He said that a turbocharger only proved how much boost the engine could take.
An NA V12 is also essential to the soundtrack, with turbochargers working as a muffler to quiet and dampen the sound. With natural aspiration, the car sounds as a Lamborghini should.
Reggiani also hinted at an all-wheel drive system using a front-mount electric motor, saving the need to run a driveshaft to the front of the car. That would also allow torque vectoring to give handling a boost.
Long live the V12, we say, but bring on the electrification.