The Lamborghini Aventador has been a big success for Automobili Lamborghini SpA since her introduction at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2011 as the LP700-4 model, which stood for roughly 700 hp and four-wheel drive with the LP for Longitudinale Posteriore, or rear longitudinal position of the v12 engine, this model had the internal model number LB834 at the assembly line by the way, and initially, rumor had it Lamborghini prepared just enough molds to build 4,000 units of the carbon fiber tub, a number we’ve seen on the total production of the Murciélago, the flagship model the Aventador succeeded … but time would tell a different story, a much different one.
At the time of writing over 11,000 units of the Lamborghini Aventador and all her evolutions and one-off and few-off models based on your tub, have been built at Sant’Agata’s Linea Aventador, naturally, this included the unique Aventador J in 2012, ahead of the introduction of the production version of the Aventador Roadster, while in 2013 we got the Aventador LP720-4 with different front and rear styling as an homage to the 50th Anniversary of Automobili Lamborghini SpA, the first limited-edition model with just 100 Coupe and 100 Roadster built. After that probably the most impressive-looking Aventador ever was revealed, the LP750-4 Superveloce, again a limited production model, 500 Coupe and 600 Roadster, which apparently sold out quickly too.
Personally, I like the Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce better than the later LP770-4 model, which was known as the Aventador SVJ, for Super Veloce Jota, an homage to the Miura Jota one-off, built as 900 Coupe and 800 Roadster, and let’s not forget about the mid-life facelift model, the LP720-4, but at that time Lamborghini decided to drop the LP designation and called it the Aventador S, which was released ahead of the SVJ by the way, only to conclude with the final iteration of Lamborghini’s NA V12 engine, the Aventador Ultimae, and again this swansong was built in limited numbers too, just 350 Coupe and 250 Roadster … all of which sold out very quickly mind you.
I didn’t forget the number of few-off models as Lamborghini calls them, built on the same carbon fiber tub as the Lamborghini Aventador, with a modified version of the same 6.5-Liter V12 engine, a series that was started in 2013 with the LeMans inspired Lamborghini Veneno LP750-4, a car which many don’t like and think looks ugly, some call it an Aventador kit car, but I have seen the car in real life when she was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and she’s a real Lamborghini: innovative, aggressive, and unlike anything else on the open road, I personally love how the Lamborghini Veneno looks, and make no mistake, only three units were available to the public and they sold out in a matter of hours, later that same year Lamborghini also made 9 units of the Veneno Roadster available. Do note that Lamborghini kept one of each for their personal collection, so there are 4 Veneno and 10 Veneno Roadsters in the world.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the late Ferruccio Lamborghini, who founded Automobili Lamborghini SpA back in 1963, and was born in 1916, the Lamborghini Centenario was created, only 20 units as a Coupe and 20 Roadster would be made, and one of the most expensive options ever straight from the factory was a $300,000 clear carbon fiber bodywork for the Centenario (note that one of the Veneno Roadster was ordered in visible dry carbon fiber, I have seen that car, it is absolutely breathtaking. Up next was the very first Lamborghini ever that was sold with a (kind of) hybrid setup, the Sián FKP37, a car with yet again a very controversial styling, only 63 Coupe were built, and the V12 came with a supercapacitor for electric power, a total power output of 808 hp was the result, later on, an additional 19 Sián Roadster were built, and most of us were under the impression that was all we had to expect from the Aventador line, as we were almost a decade into this model by now.
But boy, we were so wrong … to celebrate the 50 Anniversary of the legendary Lamborghini Countach they came up with another Countach, this time the LPI 800-4, with the I standing for Ibrido, Hybrid in Italian, and while just about the entire powerplant, including the supercapacitor and the electric motor, were ‘borrowed’ from the Sián, the New Countach delivered slightly more hp at 819 hp, and because the internal development number for the original Countach back in the Seventies was LP112, there would be 112 units of the New Countach available, once again, they sold out quickly, despite a serious MSRP.
But back to today, in early 2023, Automobili Lamborghini Spa is preparing to reveal the next-generation flagship model, which will still come with a V12 engine, but this time a completely newly developed unit that is meant to be a hybrid powerplant straight from the start, a car and engine that has been undergoing grueling testing for many months of not years by now, but recently has been taken for cold-weather testing, the spy shots we’ve been seeing lately clearly show a new design, but one that did take inspiration from the Aventador, the Sián, and even the Terzo Millenio all-electric concept car, combining the spy photos and the leaked patent drawings we get a rather good impression of how the new Lamborghini V12 Ibrido will look, and I don’t think we’ll be disappointed.
And the latest spy photos finally show us a glimpse at how the interior might look, and it looks nothing like the Aventador or Sian dashboard, that’s for sure, with a standing, vertical dashboard pod in front of the driver, apparently without a second display in the center of the dashboard, but remember, despite looking like this test mule is very close to the production model we’ll see in a few weeks, nothing withholds Lamborghini from still having some interesting surprises for us when they finally unveil the car, we don’t even know what the new V12 Ibrido will be called, rumor has it we might get a Lamborghini Revuelto, but that’s not official at all.
So we’ve seen the exterior to some extent now, and we’ve had a look at the dashboard, but what about the most important thing, the engine? From what we did hear so far, we’ll still have a V12 engine, but as we already mentioned, this unit is a new development from the ground up, it is not an evolution of the Aventador unit, so we’re not even sure the new car will have a 6.5-liter displacement, there is nothing holding Lamborghini back to create a smaller displacement V12 unit that is also smaller compared to the Aventador one, just to counteract the additional weight for the electric motor and the batteries … yes, you are reading that correctly, batteries, the likelihood of the new Lamborghini V12 Ibrido having a supercapacitor like the Sian or New Countach is next to null.
Which brings us to the total power output figures, a closely kept secret for now, but we’re confident the two electric motors, which most likely will power the front wheels, with the V12 engine powering the rear wheels create a four-wheel-drive system, will bump overall power to the magical 1,000 hp number, if not slightly over, a number that will be influenced by the Ferrari SF90 from the competition for sure, and one I can wholeheartedly hope for, just imagine seeing this new Lamborghini flagship ‘oozing’ by on electric power only, quiet, ready to attack whatever dares to veer in front of the Raging Bull crest at the front.
The only official statement we have at this time is the fact they want to unveil the Aventador successor in March 2023, towards the end of the month as far as we know, which is well in time for the official 60th Anniversary celebrations to be held in Sant’Agata in May but make no mistake, the new Lamborghini flagship won’t come cheap, expect an MSRP that starts at $500,000 if not more, and which could rise considerably when you dive into the options list, some of the options come with a steep price we’ve seen on the Aventador, this new model will be no different, but most likely we won’t be seeing any cars delivered until the end of 2023, making this an MY2024 model.
After seeing all the patent drawings, the different spy shots, and the evolution of the car over the months, we’re happy to be able to see a very good rendering done by the artist from Motor1.com, I’m sure that if the real car looks close to this, all those people that already have their order signed will not be disappointed, this will be another magnificent Bull, I for one can’t wait to see the car when they reveal it in a few weeks.