Lamborghini will keep naturally aspirated V10 and V12 engines as long as it can

Article by Christian A., on October 17, 2017

For many years, Lamborghini has always relied on the use of large and powerful engines including the V10 and the V12. In fact, the company’s very first engine in the 350 GTV was a V12, which is probably also why they are not ready to give these up. Just last week, the automaker confirmed that they will be sticking with their original engines.

Maurizio Reggiani, development boss of Lamborghini, further explained to Autocar that the naturally aspirated V10 and V12 engines on models like the Huracan and Aventador will remain for quite some time, and they mean for as long as possible. So don’t expect to see these models to have newer and smaller engines anytime soon, or as long as Reggiani is the development boss. He then says that it provides “a sense of emotion in a super-sports car”.

Reggiani once said that a Lamborghini’s DNA is made up of design, emotion and performance – elements that define a new car. The company then puts these elements in a scientific way by making them physical things so that the new cars can be compared to an old one, or perhaps, its competitors. Other factors that matter include sound, speed, acceleration and design.

Lamborghini is one of the few automakers to hold out in using turbocharged engines or hybrid electric power. But soon enough, we will see the very first turbocharged plug-in hybrid from the brand when the Urus SUV is launched on December 4. Hopefully, in a few years, the Huracan and the Aventador will also have turbocharged and plug-in hybrids. Hopefully, technology will still capture the brand’s emotional approach.

With regards to the upcoming Urus SUV, Reggiani says that its weight, as well as the batteries’ packaging are less strategic than that of a super sports car’s packaging. He then added that they are beginning their transition to hybrid technology in super-sports car with the Urus, and eventually they’ll be ready to move on.

That being said, we can expect Lamborghini sports cars and sedans being developed using alternative energy. But probably not in the near future. Furthermore, they said that the company isn’t very keen on offering autonomous vehicles. In fact, Reggiani said in another interview that they will likely be the “last brand” to offer it.

So for Lamborghini buyers, the closest model you could get to a fully autonomous Lamborghini would be none other than the Urus. This SUV actually is expected to feature a number of on-road safety features such as adaptive cruise control, a rear view camera, and a lane-keep assist. All these features are new for the Italian automaker.


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