Lamborghini has confirmed the next-generation halo car to replace the Aventador will have a unique naturally-aspirated V12 engine mated to a hybrid electric system, but there has been little word on what the Huracan replacement will be – and whether this generation of the V10 is the last of its kind.

    Speaking to CarExpert at the launch of the Huracan Tecnica last week, the head of product and marketing for Huracan line, Filippo Moretti, said the next-generation model will build on the learnings of the current model.

    “We wanted to manage all the stuff that we created together, starting with the STO. Everything we have done with the Huracan range, we came up with the Tecnica product and of course this product will then be the point of start for the new generation,” Mr Moretti said.

    “For the new generation we have a good base in terms of technology, driving experience, and what customers want from us,” he said.

    The Huracan and Audi R8 share the same platform and engine but, as the German brand has ended production of the R8 without any word of a replacement coming, the Huracan has been left without its donor car

    This puts Lamborghini in an interesting position, given it has secured a €1.8b investment for its future products. Mr Moretti has confirmed the next-generation Huracan will not be built on an Audi platform, or use an engine shared by any other brand.

    He said it will have “more differentiation” than the current car. “Not the same platform, not the same car, more and more customised by us,” he explained.

    “We will use all the experience we have learnt [from the Huracan] to effectively make something more Lamborghini.”

    Stopping short of confirming the new power plant, CarExpert believes it very likely the new Huracan will also be a hybrid. Whether it manages to keep its V10 in one shape or form remains to be seen.

    Global Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkleman also spoke to CarExpert on a wide range of topics, and have us a clear answer when asked about the next-generation Huracan.

    “The Huracan replacement will have a new engine and it will not be shared with another car in a different brand.”

    He further confirmed the new engine will be built in Italy and said while the “engine is important, it’s not the biggest chunk in investment” which suggests the new platform is going to be completely unique to Lamborghini.

    With the Aventador production ending in July, its replacement is set for unveiling early next year with first cars arriving in Q3 2023.

    The folks at Lamborghini are about to set course for what will be the busiest period of new product launches in the company’s long history.

    Alborz Fallah

    Alborz is the founder of CarAdvice (sold to Nine and now Drive) and co-founder of CarExpert. He is an honourary adjunct professor & entrepreneur in residence at the University of QLD. He loves naturally-aspirated V8s, V10s and V12s and is in denial about the impending death of the internal combustion engine. The best way to reach him is via Instagram.

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