Lamborghini announced a few weeks ago the first brushstrokes on its electrification plans and the investments it will carry out. Now the brand has confirmed that the successor to the Lamborghini Huracán will have a plug-in hybrid mechanics that, as is usual in this type of vehicle, will help to circumvent emission regulations while improving performance.
Lamborghini has set out to have a fully electrified range by 2025. This means that all its models will be plug-in hybrids and there will even be a fully electric model, the future replacement for the Urus. Later they will launch a second electric model, although that is not the issue at hand now.
In a recent interview with Auto Express, the Italian firm’s Technical Director, Rouven Mohr, explained that the successor to the Lamborghini Huracán will have a “tailor-made” plug-in hybrid mechanics for this model and not with one from the Volkswagen Group (which we remember is the owner of Lamborghini). Currently some Lamborghini models, such as the Urus or the Huracán itself, share an engine and/or platform with models from Porsche, Bentley or Audi.
The engine chosen as the main propellant will be a block V8 or a V10. “The final details we cannot communicate yet, but I would say more than six and less than twelve cylinders for the combustion engine.” From a performance point of view, it will be a significant leap from the current model, according to Rouven Mohr.
At this point, the two most likely options are: that the successor to the Huracán uses a V8 biturbo, as the plug-in hybrid version of the Urus will supposedly do. Or use a hybrid mechanics maintaining the naturally aspirated V10 engine of the current model. This combination would make the successor to the Huracán a unique hybrid car to date, as no production model has used a V10 petrol engine as part of a plug-in hybrid system.
Although Lamborghini talks about a “tailor-made” system, it is likely to use a plug-in hybrid V8 powertrain sourced from the group with some parts and adjustments custom-made for/by Lamborghini to differentiate the successor to the Huracán from the rest of the group’s models. The least likely option, though not impossible, is for Lamborghini to develop a combustion engine. Be that as it may, combined with an electric motor and a battery, it is almost certain that its power will be above 800 horsepower. In any case, the opponent to beat will be the Ferrari 296 GTB plug-in hybrid (or its successor).
For its part, the successor to the Lamborghini Aventador will continue to use a naturally aspirated V12 engine, although it will also have a plug-in hybrid system. All this is part of the ‘Cor Tauri’ strategy, through which the Italian firm will invest 1,800 million euros in electrification and new technologies. The first electric Lamborghini will be a four-seater GT that will be presented during the second half of this decade.