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Lamborghini’s newest flagship is electrifyingly spectacular

The V12-powered Revuelto is the brand’s first car in its electrified future

Meet the Revuelto, the very first of Lamborghini's high-performance electrified vehicles. PHOTO FROM LAMBORGHINI

Lamborghini has taken the wraps off its newest flagship series-production model—and the foundation of its Cor Tauri strategy for the future—the Revuelto, its first hybrid-electric V12-engined supercar (or, as the brand calls it, its first high-performance electrified vehicle).

The revuelto is a breed of wild Spanish bull that caused great troubles in the arenas of Spain in the late 1800s, particularly in Barcelona. The name is meant to reflect the new flagship model’s wild, massive, and aggressive energy, longing to be tamed by a capable matador.

Yes, you can silently drive around town or hear the engine scream in the canyons as you please. PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

And wild the Revuelto is, packing an all-new 6.5-liter V12 that produces 814hp alone and is capable of revving to an ear-splitting 9,500rpm. Weighing 218kg (17kg lighter than the Aventador’s V12), the internal-combustion engine is supplanted by three electric motors that raise total output to a whopping 1,001hp.

Power is transferred to all four wheels via an all-new and very compact eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It also is capable of driving in all-electric mode, and is 30% emission-friendlier than the previous V12, now complying with Euro 6 standards.

Despite the hybrid system, revolutionary construction methods keep the weight in check. PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

The extensive use of carbon fiber allows the new Revuelto to weigh in with an astonishing power-to-weight ratio of roughly 1.7kg per hp.

The nose section is made from forged carbon-fiber composites. While forged carbon in itself is not new, particularly popular in the aftermarket, Lamborghini is one of the first to use this revolutionary method for the nose section of the mono-fuselage chassis, which reduces weight while increasing strength and stiffness.

The passenger cabin is made from aircraft-grade autoclaved carbon fiber, while the rear utilizes high-strength aluminum to cradle the engine, the transmission, and the rear suspension. This makes the mono-fuselage chassis 10% lighter, and the front forged carbon frame 20% lighter than its aluminum predecessor.

Torsional stiffness has also been improved, up 25% compared to the Aventador, granting best-in-class handling. Weight distribution is split at 44:56, but a lower center of gravity, yaw, and polar moment of inertia will improve handling and balance even further for such a big, seemingly unwieldy car.

Clever aerodynamics and large brakes are key to taming this raging bull. PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

Despite coming in at 1,700kg (dry weight) no thanks to the hybrid system, the Revuelto sprints from naught to 100km/h in just 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 350km/h.

It is also vastly more stable at speed, thanks to the active rear wing and massive underbody diffusers and tunnels meant to channel air efficiently and cool the hungry V12. The front aerodynamic load increases by 33% and the rear load by 74% compared to the Aventador Ultimae under maximum load conditions.

All this is equally matched by the stopping hardware: 10-piston front brake calipers are combined with enormous 410mm carbon-ceramic discs, while the four-piston calipers at the rear are paired with 390mm discs. They are covered by a friction layer for better performance, thermal management, and acoustic comfort when braking.

More screens and space for the latest Italian supercar. PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

Three displays point to a high-tech cabin that sees inspiration from spacecraft: a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the multimedia, climate, and vehicle settings, and a nine-inch screen for the passenger.

Although not often talked about in this segment, the Revuelto has an additional 26mm of headroom and 84mm of legroom, a welcome relief for drivers well over 6ft tall.

There is even space behind the passenger seat to stow a golf bag, a cupholder on the passenger-side dashboard, and cubbyholes underneath the center console and between the seats—a first in a mid-engined V12 supercar from the automaker.

And with 13 driving modes available that change the engine mapping, the exhaust note, the transmission algorithms, and the suspension’s magneto-rheological ride dampers. This makes the car surprisingly versatile and easier to live with in today’s environmentally conscious and politically correct world. Not that the usual Lamborghini driver cares about these things.

How long do you think it will take before one of these shows up on our shores? PHOTO FROM LAMBORGHINI

Expect deliveries to start in the last quarter of 2023 as dealers are now accepting reservations worldwide. From the Countach and the Diablo to the Murcielago and the Aventador and now the Revuelto, Lamborghini has gone a long way in building mad, V12-engined supercars, proudly keeping its tradition alive. We can’t wait to try it.

Botchi Santos

Botchi is your friendly, walking car encyclopedia. He loves helping people choose the right vehicle for themselves as much as he enjoys picking the right one for himself. Expect him to write about car culture, test drives and car-shopping advice. His regular column is called ‘Car Life’.