Lamborghini Huracan will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain with a bespoke combustion engine
The Lamborghini Huracan supercar will turn to plug-in hybrid power as early as next year, and the company’s technical director Rouven Mohr told Auto Express it will feature a bespoke powertrain and not something from the VW Group , the owner of Lamborghini. .
“Drive-wise it will be a plug-in hybrid, and performance-wise it will be a big step up again, let me just say that.”
“The engine will be tailor-made for Lamborghini. On the final details, we cannot communicate that yet, but I would say more than six and less than 12 cylinders for the combustion engine.
While V8 plug-in hybrid powertrains do exist within the VW Group, and one will feature in an upcoming PHEV version of the Lamborghini Urus SUV, Mohr’s revelations could also point to the Huracan using an electrified version of its current brand 5.2 liter V10.
Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkleman has previously indicated that the Aventadador’s range-topping successor will stick with a traditional V12 engine, but that this car will also feature an electrified plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
While this approach could be applied to the Huracan as well, retaining the car’s naturally aspirated V10 engine and adding a battery and electric motor system, it’s also possible the Huracan could use a plug-in hybrid V8 drivetrain sourced from the group. with certain bespoke parts, tuning and calibration to differentiate the Huracan’s powertrain from intra-group siblings such as Porsche, Audi and in the future, Bentley.
Sources suggest a third possibility is on the cards. This would feature an in-house designed motor which, combined with an electric motor, could produce over 850hp. That would make the aging Huracan a real rival to Ferrari’s much newer 296 GTB plug-in hybrid models.
“Of course it’s a challenge for us [removing an ICE in terms of character], for a brand as emotional as us, it’s an additional challenge I would say. But we already have ideas and if you ask me for the definition – the pillar attributes of Lamborghini – I would say that the design, the performance values are the basis of everything, then the driving experience and what that means.
“To be a little more specific I would say car responsiveness and feedback to the driver, and also NVH, not just sound. In the electric world, sound will rank a little bit differently, but it’s still like today the pillars Even if you didn’t hear the sound of the engine today, you would recognize how cars behave today like a Lamborghini.
I think there’s more scope for differentiation, if you’re talking about throttle response, recuperation strategy, torque vectoring strategy – not just front to back but also left to right – you therefore have even more subjects of differentiation. The hardware today – the combustion engine, the shifting – limits you a bit today. In the electrified world, the possible scope of application is even wider, so on this subject I am not worried at all. In some ways it will be easier to define a Lamborghini in the future.
Lamborghini has indicated that its lineup will be fully electrified by the end of 2024 as part of the second stage of its Cor Tauri program. The Italian company will spend 1.8 billion euros to develop its four-year electrification strategy to offer a hybrid option for every model sold in two-and-a-half years, with the first full Lambo EV expected to be a four-seater. GT which will appear in the second half of this decade.
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