The Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae is the brand’s final non-electrified V12 production car, so what’s next for the raging bull? The brand’s CEO talked to Autocar about the electrified successors and what’s coming next from Sant’Agata.
CEO Stephan Winkelmann told the magazine he was particularly attached to the Aventador. It was the first car he worked on with the brand from the very start. It was also the company’s most successful V12 model. “Yes, it’s tough to let go but I think the Ultimae is the last of a kind. It’s something very special,” Winkelmann said. “It’s limited so our customers will appreciate it.”
The next V12 car will be a plug-in hybrid, the CEO confirmed. But, it will still be a V12. Every generation has to be better than the previous one. In terms of CO2 emissions, it is an important change, but we are convinced that this is going to work. The plug-in hybrid car which will follow the Aventador will have a V12 engine, and so the sound and the history will stay alive,” said Winkelmann.
Why won’t the car use supercapacitors like the Lamborghini Sian? “A supercapacitor, in our opinion, is a bridge technology which does not fulfil the needs we have for the future to reduce emissions. In 2023- 2024, we will hybridise all our product line-up to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50% by 2025. A capacitor would not be able to achieve this. I think hybridisation is a good solution,” he said.
In 2024, the Huracan replacement will arrive, but Winkelmann says it’s too early to talk about the V10 engine’s survival. He dis say that there will be a new V12 Supercapacitor car this year, with two new Huracan and Urus variants next year, then in 2023 and 2024, the whole line will get hybrids.
As far as full EVs, Winkelmann says he expects a fully EV model in the second half of the decade. It won’t be the same as the Urus, “but at least a 2+2, so a car that’s daily driven.”