Lamborghini to avoid turbos and embrace hybrid

Words: Nile Bijoux
13 Mar 2018

Lamborghini is favouring hybridisation over forced induction for its upcoming sports and supersports cars, a new report is saying.

Lamborghini chief technical officer, Maurizio Reggiani, said to CarAdvice at the recent Geneva Motor Show that while Lamborghini was “forced” to employ turbochargers in the Urus SUV, the Huracan and Aventador replacements would be naturally aspirated for as long as possible.

Extra power would come courtesy of hybrid systems, which also make it easier to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations.

“We chose the best engine for the mission of the car,” Reggiani said of the turbocharged V8 engine in the Urus. He went on to say that the only engine providing the huge amount of torque an SUV requires is one fitted with a turbocharger.

“Super-sports cars are a different mission and different profile. We are still convinced that naturally-aspirated is the best choice in terms of responsiveness, in terms of sound and in terms of emotion. Those are the main parameters that we want to have from a super sports car.

“In this case to get max torque at 5-6000rpm is very acceptable, move the torque up and power up. You don’t need to start in an urban road with a huge quantity of torque at normal revs.

“I think the CO2 [requirements] will be attacked in the future with a hybrid machine, where we can leave the emotional naturally aspirated appeal but reduce dramatically the CO2 and fuel consumption using a hybrid.”

Given rivals such as Ferrari and McLaren are both using turbocharged engines, Lamborghini is hoping that the naturally aspirated/hybrid combination will give it a point of difference in the super-sports soundscape.

“In the end, our cars, and the DNA of our super sports car is emotion.”

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