Lamborghini will switch to hybrid next year and put 100% thermal in the closet

Lamborghini finally takes, in turn, the turn of gradually abandoning heat engines.

Lamborghini will switch to hybrid next year and put 100% thermal in the closet

Lamborghini announces its new strategy for 2022, placed under the sign of the last full year where the firm will only offer thermal vehicles for sale. Indeed, from 2023, there will be new engines , notably highlighting hybrid engines . With this in mind, Lamborghini has worked extensively on the reissue of the famous Countach, a racing model initially produced between 1974 and 1990. The new LPI 800-4 version of the Countach is thus equipped with a hybrid engine , and this, for the 112 models announced for production.

A revolution in short, because this transition to the hybrid prefigures the arrival of a first all-electric model at Lamborghini. However, in 2018 again, Maurizio Reggiani did not want to opt for electric motors. The man who is celebrating his 23rd year with Lamborghini this year, and who is now the firm's technical chief, declared four years ago: " Our objective [de Lamborghini, ndlr] is to deliver a super sports car, and these specifications do not exist with a set of batteries, in terms of energy and power. »

So what changed Reggiani's position? First of all, various models prove the opposite of his statements, like the Volkswagen ID.R , a 671 horsepower car made up of two electric motors. It has regularly broken speed records since 2018, for example that of the fastest lap of the famous Nürburgring. Other announcements, such as that of the Tesla Roadster , demonstrate that combining BEV electric vehicles and performance is largely possible.

So what changed Reggiani's position? First of all, various models prove the opposite of his statements, like the Volkswagen ID.R , a 671 horsepower car made up of two electric motors. It has regularly broken speed records since 2018, for example that of the fastest lap of the famous Nürburgring. Other announcements, such as that of the Tesla Roadster , demonstrate that combining BEV electric vehicles and performance is largely possible.

A first 100% electric model in 2028

Lamborghini has therefore taken advantage of the start of 2022 to deliver a complete calendar of its models which will now be offered in a hybrid version. This will be the case for the Aventador in 2023, the Urus (in plug-in hybrid) in 2024 and the Huracan in 2025. As for Lamborghini's very first all-electric model, we will nevertheless have to wait until 2028 .

However, the CEO of Lamborghini, Stephan Winkelmann, already thinks that the firm's customers are ready to adopt a model equipped with an engine other than 100% thermal. In a statement to Autocar , he believes that the deadlines are also not the first issue for Lamborghini. " Of course they [the customers, editor's note] are ready for hybridization, because we've always said that we don't need to be the first, but when we step in, we have to be the best, and that's It's something we firmly believe will happen. The future will tell whether or not Winkelmann saw the future more accurately than Reggiani.