After the finale of the Aventador, the era of a new sole internal-combustion Lamborghini model has ended for now. However, that doesn’t mean the 12-cylinder orchestra will be gone yet, as the Italian carmaker has teased a new V12-powered hybrid engine for its future supercar, code-named LB744.
The new mystery successor to the Aventador houses an improved 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine dubbed the L545, producing 813hp and 725Nm.
The inclusion of hybrid power results in a complete overhaul of the traditional architecture, flipping the engine 180° to accommodate the new electric motors.
Lamborghini is no stranger to hybridization, but unlike the 48V system found in the Sian and the Countach, there are now three 3.8 kWh electric motors with lithium-ion batteries that bring the total power output to about 1,000hp.
The new architecture calls for a new transmission to replace the aging seven-speed single-clutch. A new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is now mounted transversely and wrapped in an amazingly compact size, massively improving weight distribution while carrying the electric motors.
The LB744 will make its debut this year as the company celebrates its 60th anniversary. While the European Union has been heavily regulating emissions, it’s nice to see Lamborghini and the Volkswagen Group thinking ahead of the future while satisfying the traditions of Ferruccio Lamborghini.