Lamborghini has confirmed that for the 2023 model year, the successor to its legendary Diablo and Aventador will switch to a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. The note appeared in a press release that overviewed the company’s V12 supercar history.
Plug-in hybrids offer many advantages to most types of vehicles. For a supercar driven almost exclusively for pleasure, the V12 PHEV in a Lamborghini has only two purposes. The first is to comply with areas in Europe and soon elsewhere, in which vehicles emitting zero local emissions can be operated. Being a PHEV will allow the vehicle to move in an out of these areas and comply with the local laws.
The second benefit is an increase in torque. Electrification enables a powertrain to have more torque at a lower RPM. Here, the Lamborghini will gain some potential performance, but it is really not meaningful in a car that also has a V12.
Lamborghini will join other brands like Porsche and BMW that have switched their cars to PHEV powertrains or developed them with one from the outset. BMW is a good example. Its i8 has a PHEV powertrain and has since its inception. The i8 was developed a decade ago.
The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is another high-performance vehicle with a PHEV powertrain. Porsche has been incorporating electrification into its cars now for about fifteen years.
In related news, spy photos published at Motor1.com indicate that Lamborghini is also planning a Urus SUV with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Speculation as to the source of the powertrain includes one of VW-Audi-Porsche’s existing plug-in hybrid powertrains. After all, since PHEVs are considered by many to be a bride to full electrification, why bother to develop an engine for an ultra-low volume brand if a parent brand already has one?
Watch Torque News for more updates to come on the PHEV supercar coming soon from Lamborghini.
Image courtesy of Lamborghini.
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