One Week till V12 Supercar Premiere
Lamborghini unveiled the Aventador on February 28, 2011, and is almost set to reveal its much-awaited successor. On March 29 at 10 Eastern Time (7 PM CEST or 5 PM GMT), the curtains will finally be pulled back on Sant’Agata Bolognese’s initial PHEV, which is coming in about 12 years following the launch of the LP700-4. The brand new plug-in hybrid V12 supercar currently goes by the LB744 codename.
Only a day after the hype of Lamborghini’s presentations of their LB744’s high-tech instrumentation and wheel, came an announcement through social media. This supercar will feature four-wheel-drive capability operating with reduced power of 180 bhp when in electric mode. To experience the total 1,000 bhp coming from the 6.5-litre NA V12 as well as the three electric machines present, one has to switch to Corsa position.
That powerful twelve-cylinder engine will not be kept for the Aventador as it will be an entirely fresh design. Due to its reduced weight of 37 pounds (17 kilograms) as opposed to the previous V12, the engine will only weigh 481 lbs (218 kg). The internal combustion engine has the capacity to generate 813 horsepower at 9,250 rpm and can deliver 535 pound-feet (725 Newton-meters) of torque at 6,750 rpm. It sends power to the wheels through a state-of-the-art eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox which is anticipated to be added by Lamborghini in the successor of Huracan later next year.
Housed within the center tunnel, the LB744 contains a 3.8-kWh battery which can be reenergized in six minutes through the V12, or via the seven-kilowatt charger in thirty minutes. Furthermore, the regenerative braking system of the car utilises the energy that would otherwise be spent and sends it to the battery. With a full charge, Lamborghini states the vehicle can travel more than six miles (10 kilometers) with no requirement of gasoline.
The electrified powertrain of the new raging bull will reduce CO2 emissions by 30 percent in comparison to the Aventador Ultimae. To make up for the extra weight that comes with the PHEV setup, the vehicle has a carbon fiber monocoque (known as “monofuselage”) that is 10 percent lighter than its predecessor and 25 percent more rigid. Lamborghini has not given out any information on the curb weight, but we know that it is distributed 44 percent in the front and 56 percent in the rear.
Noteworthy facts about the LB744 involve a decreased steering ratio (-10 percent compared to the Aventador Ultimae), rear-wheel navigation, and firmer anti-roll bars (+11 percent at the front and +50 percent at the back). This dual-clutch transmission lies beneath the V12 engine to free up space in the gearbox tunnel for the lithium-ion battery.
The newest Bridgestone Potenza Sports tires are four percent wider on the front, with Lamborghini installing larger stopping power: 410x38mm brakes, instead of Ultimae’s 400x38mm disks, and ten pistons rather than six. The rear brakes are also bigger, with 390×32 mm vs 380x38mm.
The LB744 will be the initial of three Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles from Lamborghini, as the Urus SUV and replacement for the Huracan will both accept a charging dock in 2024.