Lamborghini’s new V12 hybrid flagship has been revealed in a set of sketches ahead of its unveiling in the first quarter of 2023.
Sketches filed with the World Intellectual Property Organisation show the highly anticipated Lamborghini Aventador successor.
The sketches, originally obtained by Motor1, show an angular mid-engine coupe that shares design cues with its Aventador predecessor.
The aggressive, angular front face of the vehicle is reminiscent of the exclusive Lamborghini Sian, with a pair of scalene LED headlights and large cooling ducts at the bottom of the bumper.
The side profile features deep air intakes and what are presumably Lamborghini’s trademark scissor doors.
The rear of the model continues the angular design motif with prominent hexagonal exhaust outlets and slim Y-shaped lighting strips.
The sketches also provide a birdseye view of the mid-mounted V12 engine, a crucial element for a flagship Lamborghini.
“It’s important to start a new era with the V12,” said Lamborghini’s regional director of Asia Pacific, Francesco Scardaoni, describing it as “the masterpiece that the company started with in 1963”.
The new supercar will differ from the Aventador in featuring a hybrid V12 powertrain. Spy photos taken in November 2022 gave us a glimpse at the interior, including a digital instrument cluster that revealed an 8500rpm redline.
The cluster also showed a “Rear aero system fault!” message, suggesting the model will feature at least a pop-up rear spoiler.
Outputs for the new powertrain haven’t been revealed, but Lamborghini isn’t likely to move backwards from what’s on offer in the Aventador. Its V12 powertrain makes 574kW and 720Nm in LP780-4 Ultimae guise.
With all-wheel drive and an automated manual transmission, the Ultimae can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 2.8 seconds, hit 200km/h in 8.7 seconds, and max out at 355km/h.
Mr Scardaoni previously told CarExpert that “the cost price (of the new model) will be slightly higher than Aventador, but not because of the hybrid but because of the materials, the cost of material, cost of parts.”
Lamborghini already has over 3000 orders and an 18-month waiting list for the still unnamed Aventador successor, showing the appetite for ultra-luxury vehicles hasn’t slowed down.
When the Aventador launched in 2011, it became the first series production car to feature a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis.
Its replacement is also set to bring a list of firsts to market and Lamborghini says it will be best in class, which suggests it should take the fight to Ferrari’s ballistic SF90 V8 hybrid.
Lamborghini is coming off a record year with 9233 car sales worldwide in 2022, 10 per cent higher than the previous year.
The Italian brand is making a 1.8 billion euro (A$2.8bn) investment into electrification of its range through to 2026 and is set to launch its first electric vehicle by 2028.
A plug-in hybrid version of the Urus has been spied testing and it is scheduled to launch in 2024, following the new V12 hybrid supercar. The successor to the current Huracan will also receive a hybrid system when it launches in 2024.