Lamborghini hybrid V12 prototype spied testing as Aventador successor

Lamborghini has finally retired the Aventador after a 10-year production run and is making the necessary preparations to launch the all-new flagship model. Spotted in Italy for the very first time, the electrified supercar was briefly hiding under thick camouflage and barely moving. We do get to see the imposingly wide rear tires and a top-mounted quad exhaust system with dual finishers shaped like hexagons.

The heavily disguised test vehicle gives us the impression it’s slightly shorter than the Aventador, but it’s too early to say for sure. What we do know is the mid-engined V12 machine will feature a hybrid powertrain as the Sant’Agata Bolognese will electrify all three model lineups by the middle of the decade. To make it happen, Lamborghini will be spending more than €1.5 billion in the coming years.

Bear in mind the fabled Italian supercar marque has already launched a couple of hybrid cars with the Sian and Countach featuring supercapacitor tech, but both were limited-run vehicles. The Aventador’s successor will be a permanent fixture in the lineup and will be joined by hybrid derivatives of the Huracan replacement and the facelifted Urus SUV.

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Details regarding the technical specifications of the new top-tier supercar are shrouded in mystery, but the V12 is expected to remain naturally aspirated. It’s unclear whether the displacement will remain at 6.5 liters or the engineers are planning some changes to the internal combustion engine. One potential hardware upgrade will be the switch to a dual-clutch automatic transmission replacing the rather outdated independent shifting rod (ISR) automated manual.

How much power to expect from the Aventador successor? A lot. The Sian makes a combined 807 hp whereas the modern-day Countach puts out a slightly lower 803 hp. Logic tells us the new V12 machine will also break the 800-hp barrier and we wouldn’t be too surprised if it will outpunch the two Aventador-based special editions. Closer to 1,000 hp wouldn’t be too far-fetched, but we’ll have to wait and see.

A fully electric Lamborghini is still a way off since Lamborghini chairman and CEO Stephan Winkelmann recently said it won’t arrive until 2027 or 2028. Early reports state it will be a 2+2 gran tourer riding on the SSP architecture currently being developed by the Volkswagen Group.

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