Lamborghini has announced that its Huracan will adopt a new plug-in hybrid powertrain starting next year.
- The smallest Lamborghini will replace its V10 engine with a plug-in hybrid system next year
- The supercar manufacturer had already announced that it wanted to electrify all its models
- The combustion engine that will be joined to this hybrid system will have more than six cylinders but less than 12 cylinders
The supercar will swap its current 5.2-liter V10 engine for a new electrified powertrain that will be much more powerful, according to what the company’s technical director told Auto Express.
The combustion engine part of the powertrain has yet to be revealed but the executive says it is to be expected to have more than six cylinders but less than twelve.
That leaves the possibility of a V8 or V10 engine, both being equally likely. Indeed, Lamborghini could simply add electric elements to the current V10 engine to make the Huracan a plug-in hybrid, or else use the same hybrid V8 that it plans to use in the Urus SUV. Another possibility is that it’s an entirely new design.
What is known is that this engine will be exclusive to Lamborghini, ruling out the possibility of it being shared with Audi, Porsche, or Bentley, all of which are part of the VW group. Rumors also say that the complete powertrain could deliver over 850 horsepower, which would make the Huracan a direct competitor to the Ferrari 296 GTB PHEV.
Although the gasoline engine is an important part of the character of Lamborghini vehicles, company executives are not worried about the electrified future and they believe it will be easier to define an electric Lamborghini.
Indeed, the company’s technical director says throttle response and powertrain management, as well as power output, can all be used to distinguish the brand’s vehicles from competitors and other EVs.