Miura, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago. These iconic names all have their own chapters in the great history book of Lamborghini. Another is about to add its own. Meet the Revuelto, heir to the Aventador and the first mass-produced hybrid model ever launched by the exotic sports car manufacturer.
What’s that? The Sián and Sián Roadster released in 2019-2020? Yeah, those had a very limited production run. Now, Lamborghini is getting serious. In fact, the goal is for the entire portfolio to be electrified in some way by the end of 2024.
Long Live the V12
The glorious, naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 that comes out of the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory in Italy is not going anywhere yet. In the new Revuelto, we see this engine in a plug-in hybrid system for the very first time. Largely revised and improved for this application, it teams up with a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and as many as three electric motors.
The transmission is positioned behind the mid-mounted V12 and integrates one of the three motors. The other two are located on the front axle, driving the wheels individually and giving the Revuelto a brand new type of AWD system. As for the battery, you’ll find it where the transmission tunnel used to be. Its capacity is a super-modest 3.8 kWh, however. The 7kW on-board charger means the battery can be fully charged in 30 minutes.
1,001 Horsepower, 13 Different Ways
The most important spec to remember here is the total output of 1,001 horsepower. Lamborghini is therefore eclipsing Ferrari’s 986-horsepower SF90, at least on paper. In reality, the two supercars achieve 0-100 km/h acceleration in the same 2.5 seconds. Top speed is said to exceed 350 km/h.
You like drive modes? The Revuelto offers a whopping 13 of them. Of course, there’s one for pure electric driving, but just for short distances (range has yet to be specified). The sportiest modes, such as Corsa and Performance, turn the car into an extremely wild and dynamic beast.
Naturally, the car needed a new chassis and body. Lamborghini engineers developed a structure that is more rigid and 10-percent lighter than that of the Aventador. Meanwhile, designers took inspiration from the Countach, Diablo and Murcielago for the proportions and some of the design cues while adding a number of twists.
The vertically opening scissor doors return, and purists will appreciate the fact that the V12 is fully exposed behind the cockpit. The new Y-shaped daytime running lights and taillights create a unique signature, just like the hexagonal tailpipes. The adaptive and fully functional rear wing optimizes aerodynamics and downforce based on speed and the selected drive mode.
As for the interior, which attempts to emulate a racing cockpit, three digital displays can be found on the dashboard including a 12.3-inch instrument cluster in front of the new steering wheel, an 8.4-inch touchscreen on the centre stack and a wide 9.1-inch touchscreen on the passenger’s side. The infotainment system that powers them has been significantly improved with smartphone-like use and functionality in mind.
So, when can we expect to see the Lamborghini Revuelto on Canadian roads? The answer is sometime in 2024, but the company has not provided details about market availability. Don’t hold your breath, but keep your eyes open!