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Lamborghini Will Not Make Pure Gas-Powered Cars After This Year

Lamborghini Will Not Make Pure Gas-Powered Cars After This Year

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The Raging Bull is waving the checkered flag on combustion engines.

If you missed out on grabbing one of Lamborghini’s last pure gas-powered V-12s last year, chances are it won’t get any easier in the future. The Italian marque is set to make the complete switch to plug-in hybrid models after 2022, as part of its nearly $2 billion investment in electrification.

“It will be the last time that we only offer combustion engines,” president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann said in an interview with Bloomberg.Lamborghini’s “Cor Tauri” blueprint for an electrified future was first announced last May when Winkelmann said the automaker had shelled out $1.8 billion to debut its first all-electric car before 2030. The three-phase plan would cut in half the company’s carbon emissions by 2025, the CEO said.

The Aventador will be replaced with a plug-in hybrid edition for the 2024 model year. 

Photo by Lean Design GmbH, courtesy of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

The shift to electric comes amid a record sales year for the marque. The automaker delivered 8,405 luxury cars worldwide in 2021, up 13 percent year on year. So far this year, that demand has not abated: Winkelmann said that Lamborghini has nearly sold out its entire production line. However, the CEO knows that, to maintain that level of success, electrification will be essential. “There’s a new generation of customers which would not otherwise sit at your table any more,” he told Car magazine last week.

As for what an all-electric Lambo will look like, the CEO said that the company is still trying to work out some of the kinks in the final design. But don’t expect a track monster. Rather, the first Raging Bull EV will be a four-door grand tourer that can be used as a daily driver, according to the Cor Tauri plan.
Of course, gas-powered Lamborghinis won’t disappear overnight. Indeed, the marque will debut new Huracán and Urus models (two of each) this year. And it will release a follow-up to the Aventador in 2023, which will be the first plug-in hybrid to come with a new V-12 engine.
Still, one thing is clear: The days of roaring combustion-engine Raging Bulls are numbered.

We Drove Lamborghini’s 819 HP, Lightning-Fast Sián. Here’s What It’s Like.

We Drove Lamborghini’s 819 HP, Lightning-Fast Sián. Here’s What It’s Like.

Behind the wheel of Lamborghini’s 819 hp Sián, I’m tempted to let the hybrid coupe light up the English countryside, a task for which the automaker’s fastest-ever model is perfectly suited. Perhaps too suited: Unlike some supercar competition at home in traffic-laden commutes, the Sián is nearly impossible to drive slowly. At highway speeds, its 785 hp V-12 and 34 hp 48-volt electric motor seem to be just waking up. It’s a car that so demands to be pushed that it should be considered a daily driver only if you work at a racetrack. And so, as quickly as a thunderbolt silencing a crowd, this electrifying model quiets any doubts about the Raging Bull’s first (and, it should be noted, tardy) production foray into hybridization.

A passenger-side view of the decked-out Lamborghini Sian. 

Charlie Magee

In Italy’s Bolognese dialect, Sián translates to “lightning,” a nod to that electric power but equally fitting for its searing top speed of 218 mph and zero-to-62-mph sprint time of just 2.8 seconds. Compared to Lamborghini’s Aventador, which is solely reliant on 12 cylinders, the Sián’s added electric jolt is plenty noticeable. Credit also goes to the vehicle’s advanced regenerative-braking system, specifically developed for the car, which converts scrubbed speed into available power socked away in the energy-storage system until a power boost is requested via the right foot. That added dose of instant accelerative torque is available up to 81 mph, at which point the electric motor automatically disconnects.

(Get this: That e-motor is fueled by a lightweight supercapacitor that Lamborghini claims is three times more powerful than a lithium-ion battery of the same weight, while bolstering storage capacity tenfold.) The Sián’s hair-raising performance is complemented by an equally stimulating aesthetic that offers visual overload from every angle, from its eye-popping rear wing, complete with aerodynamic air streamers, to the bright digital-instrument cluster. And the brand’s trademark hexagon shapes are sprinkled everywhere like visual Easter eggs, including the door mirrors and rear lights. Even the twin exhaust pipes are formed in a six-sided arrangement.
Like that hallmark hexahedron, the cabin feels particularly hard and angular. Those familiar with the brutalist Aventador SVJ will recognize similarly rock-hard seats as well as Lamborghini’s flip-top starter button and the well-hidden indicator and windscreen buttons. But there’s more than a hint of the iconic 1970s Countach as well, most notably in the combination of low-slung seating, high center console and compromised rear visibility.

An under-the-hood view of the sports car. 

Charlie Magee

There is bad news: The odds of owning a Sián are about the same as catching lightning in a bottle. Of the 82 examples planned (19 roadsters and 63 coupes, figures which, taken together, are a play on the year Lamborghini was founded) all have been presold. But perhaps a trip to Italy is in order. Shortly after my drive, the model I piloted was wrapped in cotton wool and shipped to Bologna to be displayed at the Lamborghini Museum alongside madcap Lambos of yesteryear. While a museum may be an odd place to showcase the future, it might be your only chance to see a Sián in its carbon-fiber flesh.

Charlie Magee

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