Lamborghini has offered a peek under the skin of its next V12 supercar flagship.
The brand’s first series production High Performance Electrified Vehicle (HPEV), as it’s calling the new plug-in hybrid supercar, will feature a new 6.5-litre V12 at its heart.
It’s hooked up to the rear axle only, and pumps out 607kW of power at a staggering 9250rpm. Peak torque is 725Nm at 6750rpm.
According to Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann, who spoke to CarExpert at the launch of the Huracan Tecnica in Italy last year, the new V12 will sound “amazing”.
It won’t be augmented by turbochargers, superchargers, or even 48V mild-hybrid technology. But it will be backed by three electric motors.
One (with 110kW and 150Nm) is attached to the transverse-mounted, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission; the other two are attached to the front wheels.
This is only the third V12 model from Lamborghini to have a transverse-mounted transmission. The first was the Miura, the second the track-only Essenza SCV12.
Lamborghini says the transmission can decouple the engine in a way that allows its new V12 supercar to be all-wheel drive even when it’s in EV mode.
Those front-mounted motors each makes 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque, and open the door for all kinds of torque vectoring trickery not possible with the conventional all-wheel drive system in the now-defunct Aventador.
Combined, the PHEV powertrain will make make 745kW (1000hp) of power.
Feeding the electric motors is a 3.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted in what would once have been the transmission tunnel.
It can be charged in 30 minutes using a 7kW wall box, or with regenerative braking from the front wheels, or using the V12 in six minutes.
Reverse is handled by the electric motors, rather than the petrol engine and transmission.