Monday, May 29

Lamborghini Revuelto hypercar unveiled. 6.5-litre, NA V12 and three electric motors

Lamborghini has taken the wraps off the Revuelto which will replace the long-lived Lamborghini Aventador. Like the Aventador, the Revuelto is also powered by a V12 and carries on with the brand’s sharp and edgy design theme although it shares little else with its predecessor.


The Revuelto’s design manages to be both familiar and different. Revuelto carries on with the sharp, edgy and extravagant Lamborghini design DNA including the iconic Y-shaped elements that abound all over the car. The front features Y-shaped running lights. The side view is dominated by the huge air intakes behind the doors made more aggressive by blade-like details.

The top of the Revuelto’s V-12 is visible through the rear engine cover. The car’s back end is dominated by huge center-exit exhaust tailpipes beneath a moving wing element.

Much of the design work has also gone towards aero efficiency and the Revuelto’s front aerodynamic load is up 33 percent, while the rear load is up 74 percent compared to the Aventador Ultimae.

The Revuelto’s cabin gets three digital display screens. The driver has a 12.3-inch instrument pack, a portrait-orientated 8.4-inch touchscreen suspended beneath the “alien’s head” air vents in the center of the dashboard that serves as the primary user interface. There is also a new 9.1-inch letterbox display in front of the passenger, which can be configured to display different sets of scary numbers when the car is driven hard. Dial controls on the steering wheel manage the chassis and powertrain modes, as well as adjustable aerodynamic and ride height settings.

More than ever, this is a Lamborghini that’s dominated by its powertrain. The highlight of the Revuelto is certainly its new naturally aspirated V12, which, in a first for the brand, is coupled with a plug-in hybrid system comprising three electric motors, two of which are mounted on the front axle, the third integrated into the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.  For the first time, this sits behind the combustion engine and is positioned transversely. The central tunnel is where the gearbox used to live, but it’s now home to the 3.8kWh lithium ion battery pack. That consists of 108, water-cooled pouch cells. The car can be plugged in and fully juiced up in 30 minutes on a 7kW power supply, but it’s much more likely to be replenished under regenerative braking.

The new 6.5-litre L545 engine is the lightest and most powerful 12-cylinder made by Lamborghini and weighs just 218kg: 17kg less than the Aventador. Max power from the engine is 825hp at 9,250rpm, with a dizzyingly high 9,500rpm redline, while maximum torque is 725Nm at 6,750rpm.

Deliveries of the Revuelto will start later this year, and although we don’t have a finalized price yet, Lamborghini says the first two years of production are already fully ordered.


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