The prestigious Monterey Car Week has been the setting chosen by Lamborghini to show a prototype of what will be its first production electric car. This concept car, which will be presented next week, will be a 2+2-seater grand tourer based on a Volkswagen Group platform, probably the SSP Sport.
Its commercial launch will take place in 2028, being the fourth model in the Lamborghini range after the Huracán, Revuelto, and Urus. The latter will also be electrified by the end of the decade, as all its siblings (Audi Q7/Q8, Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg) will abandon internal combustion engines in the coming years.
Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of the Italian firm, has confirmed that his first electric car will not be a crossover, although it will be taller, more practical, and more usable than the Huracán and Revuelto. Its launch will mean the return of Lamborghini to a category (that of the four-seater GT) in which it was not present since the disappearance of the Jarama (1970-1976).
Lamborghini has not yet decided whether it will be fully electrified after 2035, the year in which the European Union will ban the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines, as it is evaluating taking advantage of the exemption that models that run on synthetic fuel will enjoy to keep some of your thermal sports cars alive.
Lamborghini will launch the electric Urus in 2029
Regardless of the future of its thermal range, Lamborghini does not seem concerned about its transition to electric mobility, since it will have all the technical muscle of the Volkswagen Group to make its transformation a success. Porsche will play a fundamental role in the brand’s future creations, as it will be in charge of leading the development of the SSP Sports platform.
“Some of our fundamental pillars from a technology point of view fit perfectly with the electrical world. If we talk about the integration of the battery as a structural part, this is something that allows you many more degrees of freedom from the perspective of design and aerodynamics, “explained Rouven Mohr, technical director of Lamborghini, a few months ago.
« We have some great ideas to compensate for [the additional weight]… For example, about driving dynamics, control, and behavior in general. [We will have] a 360-degree approach that will combine all active systems to achieve wheel control [that] is not possible with a standard combustion engine. I’m not worried about someone complaining!”