Lamborghini is almost ready to take the covers off its first production hybrid, the replacement for the Aventador. But judging by these images of the V12 supercar broken down on the side of the road, there’s still some work to be done.
Spy photographers followed the Huracan’s new big brother close to its Sant’Agata base as it completed a few kilometers of development when it stopped on a two-lane road. We’ll call it a gift from the scoop gods, because without a rescue, the Lambo and its driver couldn’t do anything to stop the spy team from inching closer.
The resulting images show the headlights with a split-lamp arrangement, indicate that the lower units include turn signals, and reveal the final shape of the lower-mounted air intakes. Unfortunately, we can’t fully see the interior, but it’s guaranteed with acres of leather or Alcantara and some advanced digital gauge cluster technology.
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We already knew that the taillights would take the form of water divining sticks – we weren’t fooled for a second by the fake taillight decals under the real units. But it’s interesting to see the shape of the new LED headlights and the quad tailpipe setup up close. It also looks like the V12 will sit under a sunken engine cover, rather than a sloping glass or slatted hood that could give it a Countach or Diablo look at the rear.
Also evident are the large cooling vents on either side of the engine, which will be essential in getting air out of an engine bay packed with both heat-producing V12 and hybrid powertrains. We’re not yet sure if the new V12 will downsize from the previous Aventador’s 6.5-litres, but we can reasonably expect that even the base car’s output will be well above the old SVJ range-topping 760bhp (770hp). . When even Ferrari’s tiny V6 engine in the 296 GTB Hybrid makes 818 hp (829 hp), Lamborghini can only make a giant leap.
But let’s not try to run before we can walk. Lamborghini’s first order of business is to get the as-yet-unnamed supercar to run at normal speeds without breaking down.
Images by S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops