Lamborghini has revealed the replacement to the longstanding Aventador in the form of the Revuelto, a V12 hybrid supercar with 1,015 horsepower (747kW).
As always, the Revuelto is named after a famous fighting bull that fought in Spain in 1880, and it signals an important milestone for the brand.
Following the unveiling of Lamborghini’s new bellwether model, every subsequent raging bull will be electrified in one way or another, said the Italian marque.
High-performance plug-in hybrid
The new Revuelto doesn’t use electricity to replace what the petrol engine can no longer do, it still has a stonking 6.2-litre, naturally-aspirated V12 behind the seats after all.
Rather, it gets three battery-powered motors to complement the V12’s already-tremendous output – one on each front wheel and one integrated into the eight-speed, dual-clutch gearbox at the back of the supercar.
The petrol part of the powertrain generates 598kW and 725Nm on its own, but with the electric assistance, it’s pushed all the way up to 747kW.
This impressive configuration combined with all-wheel drive sees 100km/h arrive in 2.5 seconds, 200km/h in 7 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 349km/h.
It’s not all about skin-tearing acceleration with this Lambo, either.
Thanks to the plug-in hybrid layout, it comes with a 3.8kWh battery that affords an all-electric driving range of approximately 16km, while being rechargeable in 30 minutes on a 7kW AC outlet.
Rear-axle steering is another new addition to the headlining V12, alongside a reduced rack ratio and torque vectoring enabled by the electric motors, which altogether lends it a sharper handling response than its predecessor.
The chassis, too, is all new and coined the “mono-fuselage” by Lamborghini.
Whereas the Aventador had a carbon fibre passenger cell integrated into a steel chassis, the Revuelto sees the entire front half of the vehicle including the structural components crafted out of this high-tech, lightweight material for a weight-savings of 10% and 25%-improved stiffness in comparison to its predecessor.
As for its breathtaking design, the Revuelto incorporates stylistic elements from raging bulls such as the Centenario, Huracan Tecnica, and Sian, with added flare lending it a look deserving of flagship status.
Active aerodynamics is a staple of the aggressive shell and thanks to flaps in the front bumper, a deployable rear wing, strategically-placed ducts, a new rear diffuser, and side winglets and vents, it creates 66% more downforce than a standard Aventador.
Additionally, 21-inch and 22-inch wheels in the front and back, which are 4% wider than before, serve to cut down on understeer while noticeably larger brakes bring immense stopping power.
It also has two exhaust outlets which, if you look closely, accommodates four pipes, and these are mounted high up in the longtail body for allowing the shapely rear diffuser to suck the Lamborghini onto the road.
Thankfully, the V12’s cabin was completely overhauled for the Revuelto and it’s a feat of engineering in itself.
The seats, materials, 12.3-inch instrument cluster, door panels, centre console, and parcel shelf are all new, and the passenger now gets their own 9.1-inch screen on the dashboard for displaying things such as performance readouts and media.
A Urus-like gear selector is also included, as is a floating 8.4-inch infotainment system with two USB ports and a storage space beneath it.
The redesigned multifunction steering wheel further provides access to a total of seven drive modes through an array of dials and buttons, and no fewer than 70 interior colour combinations are available to the Lamborghini’s patrons with leather and sustainable microfibre upholsteries on offer.
The first units of the Revuelto are scheduled to reach customers before the end of 2024, with the V12’s pricing yet to be revealed.
However, don’t expect anything under R9 million, as that’s what the old entry-level model, the Aventador Ssold for in 2021.
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