Monday August 15, 2022

This story includes independent illustrations made by CarScoops’ artist Josh Byrnes based on recent spy shots well as our own intel. The renders are neither related to nor endorsed by Lamborghini.

Boy, does time fly! It’s been a decade since Lamborghini’s hard-edged Aventador burst onto the scene as ballistic successor to the once-mighty Murcielago. Whilst it still looks as fresh as the day it launched, time is up for the aging bull as its unnamed replacement is just around the corner.

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Recent spy shots reveal a radical new look, and reports point to an equally wild powertrain. Yep, it’s now a hybrid, but don’t panic – it still packs a gloriously orchestral V12 to compliment the electron punch.

Wild Styling As Always

Illustrations Josh Byrnes / Carscoops.com

Like something straight out of Star Wars, the Aventador’s successor continues the Lamborghini tradition of design that dares to be different. Given that the lifespan of the Italian halo model usually pushes 10 years and beyond, the exotic automaker has made every effort to make sure it’ll look desirable for many years to come.

Key design highlights? The razor-sharp front features Sián-inspired Y-shaped DRLs with the main lighting units recessed neatly behind. Lower down, aggressive intakes are framed by a pronounced splitter that spears outwards from the middle.

The side view retains Lamborghini’s famous wedge-shaped profile, with larger side intakes now linking up with the rear buttresses to form a ‘W’ outline. The glasshouse is relatively similar to the Huracan and the outgoing Aventador, with small quarter windows fore and aft of the main side glass.

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Arguably the rear view is the wildest. Here, the taillamps mimic the front DRLs with a ‘Y’ shaped theme, flanking a set of fire-spitting high-mount quad exhausts. Further up, the rear deck has almost a dual-cowl aesthetic before morphing into the engine bay cover. Keen observers will notice the Ford GT-style flying buttresses and a central vent that forms part of the lower diffuser.

Under The Skin

At the back, the new Lamborghini supercar sports quad exhaust sitting prominently at the same height as the Y-shaped tail lights

Whilst Sant’Agata Bolognese has managed to keep the interior under wraps, it’s likely to be just as wild as the exterior. As with most supercars, don’t expect ample interior room, but rather a tailor-made affair for both driver and passenger.

The jet fighter-like cockpit will feature improved digital connectivity with over-the-air updates, wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 360-degree surround view system aids visibility, and it will sport a full suite of driver assists and drive modes.

Electrified 12-Cylinder Symphony

Illustrations Josh Byrnes / Carscoops.com

In a sign of the times, Lamborghini’s flagship will feature a C02-reducing gasoline-electric hybrid setup. It will will be the Italian brand’s first ever plug-in hybrid as it pushes to electrify its entire range, with the popular Urus and Huracan to follow down the road.

However, unlike that Prius down at the local wholesale foods outlet, this hybrid employs a new fire-breathing V12 alongside an electric motor and battery.

While official specifications have yet to be revealed, Lamborghini has alluded that the V12 will be a brand new engine unrelated to the already impressive 6.5-litre naturally aspirated unit found in the current car. For reference, the hybrid, supercapacitor-equipped Sián pumps out over 774 horsepower, so expect a lot more power than that.

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Conjecture suggests a new dual-clutch transmission will be employed to send power to all four wheels.

Rapid Rivals

Lamborghini’s flagship will face off against Maranello’s insanely quick Ferrari SF90 Stradale, McLaren’s 720S, Aston Martin DBS, and Porsche 911 Turbo S.

We expect an official debut either later this year or early in 2023, likely as a 2024MY for the North American market.

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