Marketed as the start of a brand new period, the Lamborghini Revuelto takes the torch from the Aventador with a muscular-looking design, a extra spacious inside, and a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain rated at 1,001 horsepower. The agency’s subsequent flagship is new from the bottom up, even its carbon fiber chassis was developed from scratch, and it blazes the trail that future fashions will comply with within the coming years.
Low, broad, and head-turning, the Revuelto is immediately recognizable as a Lamborghini. And but, it is a new breed of bull: its headlights are tucked underneath the hood (moderately than mounted flush with the front-end panels) and underlined by Y-shaped LED daytime operating lights, whereas its again finish is dominated by a pair of high-mounted exhaust shops and an enormous carbon fiber diffuser. One of many coolest design particulars is the decklid: made out of carbon fiber to avoid wasting weight, it is formed like a U to present onlookers an unobstructed view of the brand new V12 engine.
“I like bikes, and it is all the time fascinating to herald some concepts from the motorbike world. So, like this we got here up with the concept of the hidden entrance lights,” Lamborghini design boss Mitja Borkert advised me. This additionally explains why the exhaust shops are proudly mounted excessive up on the rear fascia; it is a design cue that floated into the galaxy of vehicles from the world of bikes (particularly ones designed for racing). There’s much more to the design than a number of bike-inspired styling cues, although. “We now have this powertrain, and we have been saying that it is for positive one of many final V12s so let’s have fun it. Let’s make it seen. That is why the engine is totally seen,” Borkert added, stressing that his workforce’s objective was for the brand new mannequin to unmistakably channel Lamborghini’s DNA with out copying a earlier, future, or present mannequin.
Stretching the wheelbase by about three inches and elevating the roof line by round an inch allowed Lamborghini to carve out a extra spacious inside (one thing Aventador house owners requested for). Do not count on third-row seating and 12 cupholders, we’re speaking a few supercar, however legroom has elevated and there is now area behind the seats to retailer small gadgets, like a handbag or a briefcase. A lot of the buttons that the driving force must entry rapidly whereas driving are positioned on the steering wheel: You possibly can sign, activate the front-end raise system, activate the wipers, and swap driving modes whereas maintaining each fingers on the wheel. Large shift paddles are mounted behind the steering wheel.
Even supercar patrons count on a protracted checklist of tech options, and the Revuelto would not disappoint. It incorporates a 12.3-inch free-standing digital instrument cluster whose graphics change relying on the driving mode chosen, an 8.4-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen for the infotainment system, and a 9.1-inch display screen embedded into the passenger’s aspect of the dashboard. The passenger can configure the 9.1-inch show to point out the identical data that is on the instrument cluster, and each occupants can transfer widgets from the touchscreen to the passenger’s display screen with a smartphone-like wiping movement. This can be a new structure, however Lamborghini nonetheless carried over some concepts from the Aventador: the ignition button stays positioned underneath a fighter jet-inspired crimson flap, and also you pull on a lever to have interaction reverse.
As beforehand reported, the drivetrain’s centerpiece is a brand new, 6.5-liter V12 engine that is naturally-aspirated — Lamborghini desires to maintain this configuration alive for so long as potential — and able to revving to a screaming 9,500 rpm. The transmission is simply as fascinating: It is an eight-speed, dual-clutch automated unit mounted transversally behind the engine. Compared, the Aventador’s 12-cylinder engine was bolted to a seven-speed, Impartial Shifting Rod (ISR) automated gearbox positioned in what was precisely known as the transmission tunnel.
Designing a brand new V12 in 2023 may sound loopy, however Lamborghini advised me utilizing the outgoing engine wasn’t an possibility.
“We needed to be prepared for the following steps, so we’ve got to have the newest expertise within the automotive. We needed to haven’t an excessive amount of electrical energy compared to the combustion energy. We needed to have a efficiency consistency in order that you do not understand a lag in efficiency on the race monitor. We had to enhance the combustion engine’s efficiency output, and the previous engine was on the restrict,” Rouven Mohr, the pinnacle of the agency’s analysis and improvement division, defined on the sidelines of the Revuelto’s unveiling.
The primary of three electrical motors is built-in into the transmission. The opposite two are up entrance: there may be one per wheel, a configuration that unlocks electrical torque vectoring and through-the-road all-wheel-drive (there is not any mechanical connection between the axles). Powering the trio is a 3.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack built-in into the area between the entrance seats. There is a plug that can be utilized to cost the battery pack, however Mohr famous that the V12 can prime it up in a few minutes (one of many drivetrain modes known as Recharge).
Lovers can have a number of different modes to select from, together with Città, Strada, Sport, and Corsa, and the Revuelto is able to driving on electrical energy alone for brief distances. The system’s whole output checks in at roughly 1,001 horsepower, although a number of the driving modes restrict that determine, and Lamborghini quotes a zero-to-62-mph time of two.5 seconds in addition to a prime velocity that lies north of 217 mph.
There’s additionally a brake-energy recuperation system that enhances the hydraulic braking system (which incorporates huge, 10-piston entrance brake calipers and a stunningly intricate cooling system) and generates electrical energy that will get despatched again to the battery pack. The automotive’s mind analyzes various parameters, just like the velocity and the load distribution, to resolve the right way to steadiness the regen and the hydraulic brakes.
“You may have two fixed issues that by no means change: braking feeling, impartial from the driving mode on the driving situations, and steering conduct,” Mohr stated. “[The Revuelto] appears like a a lot quicker naturally-aspirated automotive; you do not understand it is a hybrid,” he added.
Lamborghini will construct the Revuelto in its historic Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, manufacturing facility. The manufacturing course of is fascinating, as a result of it is half old-school and half futuristic. A lot of the meeting is finished by hand, expert women and men put collectively the V12, bolt on the physique panels, and sew up the seats, however a lot of the carbon fiber components (together with the monofuselage and the entrance construction) are made with state-of-the-art tools — a few of it bought particularly to construct this automotive. Gross sales will begin in 2024, and pricing data hasn’t been introduced but.
As for what’s subsequent, your guess is pretty much as good as ours. It isn’t unreasonable to imagine that the Revuelto will spawn a convertible mannequin, although that is pure hypothesis and nothing is official but. And, the Huracán’s successor will undertake plug-in hybrid energy as effectively when makes its debut in late 2024. A number of the classes realized from the Revuelto will permeate this automotive, however do not count on to see the very same powertrain.
“There are some issues that we most likely will [carry over], however not one-to-one carry over. The entire idea relies on the character of the engine. You all the time should take care that the general elements match the essential philosophy of the automotive. It is perhaps that we are able to re-use a number of the elements, however others shall be completely different. The structure itself, the essential setup, you’ll most likely see in different vehicles,” Mohr advised me.