Lamborghini has done it again, setting new standards for the future of supercar motoring and powertrains with the reveal of the absolutely stunning new Revuelto. This easily-identifiable Lamborghini represents a new era for the Italian manufacturer with this replacement for the retired Aventador by keeping the iconic V12 motor in play but giving it a dash of the future with some extra electric power. This is great news for fans of the V12 who, like us, were about to mourn the massive powerplant’s death, instead, we got the first super sports V12 hybrid plug-in HPEV and it makes some rather serious power. With Lamborghini being a popular choice for plenty aftermarket tuners around the world, we can only wonder what we’ll see in the way of chasing more power from these cars because so far these guys have the ICE tuning well sorted with many examples pushing out over 2 000 hp. Will the PHEV side of this limit this ability or will it stay as is while the ICE side is modified? Interesting times. It’s clear that Lamborghini is moving with the times, so it probably won’t be too long before they produce a fully electric car, but that’s likely a good few years away and until then we’ll enjoy the thundering V12 hybrid. It wasn’t just the powerplant that had improvements though, it’s an all-new car and it has a new carbon fibre-infused chassis along with a host of technical innovations and features.
The new L545 engine in the Revuelto has a capacity of 6.5-litres and is the most powerful, yet lightest 12-cylinder engine ever from Lamborghini weighing just 218 kg: The Superquadro V12 is rated to produce a very strong 589 kW (814 hp) with 725 Nm of torque, which equates to acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds, and it has a top speed in excess of 350 km/h. The Revuelto also includes three electric motors, one integrated into the transmission and two up front, with a 3.8-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that takes the total power output to approximately 736 kW (1 001 hp), and the car is capable of driving on electricity alone for short distances. The transmission employed is an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic unit, mounted transversally behind the engine. “The new Revuelto is a milestone in the history of Lamborghini, and an important pillar in our Direzione Cor Tauri electrification strategy,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini Chairman and CEO. “It is a unique and innovative car but at the same time faithful to our DNA: the V12 is an iconic symbol of our super sports heritage and history. Revuelto was born to break the mould, combining a new 12-cylinder engine with hybrid technology, creating the perfect balance between delivering the emotion that our clients want with the necessity to reduce emissions.”
“With Revuelto we take the experience of driving a Lamborghini to a superior level,” said Rouven Mohr, Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer. “Revuelto takes a significant step forward in terms of reactivity and responsiveness to ensure the most emotive and natural driving in every environment. Revuelto is a car delivering the highest performance but our objective right from the start was to confirm it at the very summit of driving emotions.”
“The Revuelto is adrenaline made visible,” says Mitja Borkert, Lamborghini Head of Design. “The design of the new Lamborghini Revuelto opens a fascinating door towards the future of our unique design language. From first sight, Revuelto is an intriguing next-generation Lamborghini V12, with all lines embracing the monocoque and celebrating a free view towards the V12 HPEV powertrain. The unique and recognizable Y-shape light signature is significant in this new era of our most iconic flagship car, and the interior is a dramatic leap forward in defining the new design direction of Lamborghini. Our philosophy of "feel like a pilot" is vivid and visible in every detail: the driver and passenger are deeply integrated in the very lightweight Y-shape design of the dashboard and centre console, replicating the sensations of being in a race car but with a perfect intuitive balance between digital and physical controls.”
Take a look at the YouTube video from the reveal of the all-new Lamborghini Revuelto, a supercar that shows off the future of hybrid supercars and hypercars by keeping a massive petrol-powered V12 in play and combining it with a slice of plug-in electric assistance that sees the Italian creation push out over 1 000 hp from the factory floor: Lamborghini Revuelto – From Now On | Lamborghini
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