New “Aventador” going electric?
It’s hard to dispute the fact that the Lamborghini Aventador is as beautiful as it is brilliant, but the thing with beauty is that it comes to an end and with the Aventador about to reach its seventh-birthday, it is time to replace it.
An interview with Lamborghini’s Research & Development Director, Maurizio Reggiani, revealed a lot about the future of the Aventador. The first surprise is that the next Aventador-successor will be electrified, however, Lambrghini’s first objective is to reduce the weight of the successor, which will be difficult if an electric motor is involved.
“With the new Aventador, we must decide what will be the future of the super sports car in terms of electric contribution. What way to manage the weight coming from electrification, and to be able to guarantee every way to have the DNA of a super sports car,” he said.
Purists will be happy to hear that the glorious V12-engine will remain. The electrifying trend in the industry is definitely an exciting one and could boost the power of the successor from 522kW to 746kW, taking its supercar-status into hypercar territory.
Another possibility is the addition of a dual-clutch gearbox that would replace the ancient single-clutch gearbox in the current Aventador. “It is not a problem of a single-clutch. It is a problem of what way will we handle and manage what I described before: weight. For me, everything that contributes to the weight is an enemy, and I need to decide what is better to put effort into and what to sacrifice. I am fully with you that a double-clutch is a marvellous solution. I have only one problem—additional weight.”
The final hint that was revealed was the inclusion of Lamborghini’s track-tearing Active Aerodynamics system. “Aero vectoring was never used in Aventador. That means it’s a big potential that we have in our pocket,” Reggiani said.