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Wow, time flies! It’s been a decade since Lamborghini’s Aventador burst onto the scene as the ballistic successor to the once-mighty Murcielago. While he still looks as fresh as the day he was released, time is up for the aging bull as his unnamed replacement is just around the corner.
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Recent spy photos reveal a radical new look, and reports point to an equally wild powertrain. Yes, it’s a hybrid now, but don’t panic: it still packs a gloriously orchestral V12 to complement the electron punch.
wild style as always
Like something straight out of Star Wars, the successor to the Aventador continues the Lamborghini design tradition that dares to be different. With the lifespan of the Italian halo model typically exceeding 10 years, the exotic automaker has gone to great lengths to ensure it looks desirable for many years to come.
Key design highlight? The razor-sharp front end features Sián-inspired Y-shaped DRLs with the main lighting units recessed neatly behind. Lower down, aggressive air intakes are framed by a pronounced splitter that juts out from the middle.
The side view retains Lamborghini’s famous wedge-shaped profile, with larger side inlets now connecting with the rear buttresses to form a ‘W’ outline. The conservatory is relatively similar to the Huracan and outgoing Aventador, with small quarter windows forward and aft of the main side glass.
Arguably the rear view is the wildest. Here, the taillights mimic the front DRLs with a ‘Y’ theme, flanking a set of fire-breathing high-mount quad exhausts. Higher up, the rear deck has almost a double bonnet aesthetic before morphing into the engine compartment cover. Keen observers will notice Ford GT-style flying buttresses and a center vent that forms part of the lower diffuser.
Under the skin
While Sant’Agata Bolognese has managed to keep the inside a secret, it’s probably just as wild as the outside. As with most supercars, don’t expect ample interior space, but rather a bespoke affair for driver and passenger alike.
The fighter jet-like cabin will feature enhanced digital connectivity with over-the-air updates, wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 360-degree surround view system aids visibility and will feature a full suite of driver assistance and drive modes.
12-cylinder electrified symphony
In a sign of the times, Lamborghini’s flagship will feature a gasoline-electric hybrid setup that reduces CO2 emissions. It will be the Italian brand’s first plug-in hybrid as it strives to electrify its entire range, with the popular Urus and Huracan following next.
Unlike the Prius found at the local grocery store, however, this hybrid employs a new, fire-breathing V12 along with an electric motor and battery.
While official specs have yet to be revealed, Lamborghini has mentioned that the V12 will be an entirely new engine that is unrelated to the already impressive 6.5-litre naturally aspirated unit found in the current car. For reference, the supercapacitor-equipped hybrid Sián makes over 774 horsepower, so expect a lot more power than that.
Conjecture suggests that a new dual-clutch transmission will be employed to send power to all four wheels.
Lamborghini’s flagship will take on Maranello’s insanely fast Ferrari SF90 Stradale, McLaren’s 720S, Aston Martin DBS and Porsche 911 Turbo S.
We expect an official debut later this year or early 2023, probably as a 2024 model for the North American market.
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