Lamborghini Aventador’s replacement to arrive as early as 2022, will keep the V12

Article by Christian A., on February 1, 2017

The Lamborghini Aventador supercar remains as strong and as appealing as when it was introduced in 2011. Already nearing six years old, the V12-powered Lamborghini Aventador managed to remain fresh, especially when the super sports car maker just recently revealed the Lamborghini Aventador S. In fact, the replacement model for the Aventador is not bound to appear in the next five to six years.

One of the central pieces of the Lamborghini Aventador has been its naturally aspirated V12 engine. Known for monstrous power outputs and torques, V12 engines have been the powerplants of choice for Lamborghini’s flagships. And when Lamborghini finally replaces the Aventador, the new super sports car will still be powered by a V12 engine, chief executive Stefano Domenicali was quoted by Car Advice as saying.

In a regular Aventador (Aventador LP 700–4), this 235-kg 6.5-liter 60-degree V12 engine delivers 700 PS (510 kW or 690 bhp) of max output and 508 lb.-ft. (689 Nm) of peak torque. In the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce (SV) unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine was seen to develop 750 hp (552 kW) at 8,400 rpm and 690 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. The V12 engine in the Lamborghini Aventador Miura Homage, meanwhile, generates 700 hp (515 kW) of max output and 507 lb.-ft. (690 Nm). The latest version of the super sports car, the Lamborghini Aventador, features a V12 engine that provides 740 hp of max output and 690 Nm of peak torque at 5,500 rpm.

While Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini’s former CEO who exited in early 2016, had been floating the idea that that the Italian carmaker might go for turbochargers in the future. Lamborghini’s first ever SUV—the new Urus – had been confirmed to use a 4.8-liter biturbo V8 engine that is already fitted in the Porsche Panamera Turbo, in which it could deliver 404 kW (542 hp) of peak output and 770 Nm (568 lb.-ft.) of max torque.

But Domenicali is still keen on employing V12 engines for Lamborghini’s new flagship, saying that this powerplant has been the core of the carmaker’s distinctive appeal and unique charm. He added that Lamborghini won’t be left behind by its rivals even though it won’t adopt turbochargers for its flagship models. He noted that while turbochargers could be adopted for new models, the Aventador or its replacement would still be powered by V12 engines to remain a specific car.

Turbocharged engines are usually smaller, more fuel efficient and more environment-friendly than naturally aspirated V12 engines. Domenicali, however, noted that Lamborghini views emissions as important, which is why the carmaker is working to make its V12 engine more efficient. Domenicali admitted to Car Advice that the Aventador would still live for five to six years, which means that its replacement would arrive as early as 2022.

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