The next-generation Lamborghini Aventador will be a plug-in hybrid. Chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani says, “The next Aventador will be naturally aspirated, 12-cylinder, plug-in hybrid.” And that is great news. Lamborghini, rightly so, continues to eschew turbo engines in its sports cars because, well, Reggiano puts it best: “We need to say why naturally aspirated is better. We talk about sound, we talk about responsiveness, we talk about all of torque, we talk about emotion, we talk about several points.” And I agree, nothing sounds like a screaming V12; it’s the siren song of any bonafide car nerd. And when you have nothing but a full tank and an empty canyon road in front of you, nothing treats you better.
You may wonder: If emotion and the sensations you receive from your car are so important, why do hybrid at all, especially plug-in hybrid? Don’t they just add complexity and weight? Carbon is why. More specifically, carbon-dioxide emissions from vehicles and the ever-shrinking allowance that any car, even an Italian exotic, is allowed to emit from the tailpipe. And while weight is the devil of performance and agility in a car, both Ferrari and Porsche proved naturally aspirated hybrids aren’t all bad, actually quite good, with the LaFerrari and the 918 Spyder. Besides, I’d much rather see a hybrid new Aventador versus no new Aventador.
That is all we currently know about the new Aventador. Lamborghini instantly sealed all lips with any further inquiry, but Lamborghini introduced the current Aventador in 2012, and we’d be quite surprised to see another trim level beyond the SVJ come out, which means the new one cannot be far away. Maybe late this year, maybe early next. We can only speculate. The world is changing. The auto industry will either adapt or fail. I applaud Lamborghini for choosing the former
I have listened to notorious rappers freestyle about butterfly and suicide doors alike simply as an establishment of their status, but I never realized for example, that the design of the doors on a Rolls Royce were so vastly different from that of a McLaren. Not only are the designs of the doors artistically appealing, but also a prestigious symbol for each supercar brand. From gull wing to butterfly, to scissor, and suicide, each design is intrinsically intertwined exhibits the history and infamous appearance of each brand.