Lamborghini unveils

its first plug-in


Lamborghini Revuelto, profile

IN its 60th anniversary year, Lamborghini has revealed the Revuelto - a V12 plug-in hybrid - or in its parlance, an HPEV (High Performance Electrified Vehicle).

An output of more than 1,000hp is promised to be delivered from the combined power of an entirely new combustion engine together with three electric motors, alongside a double-clutch gearbox that makes its debut on a 12-cylinder Lamborghini for the first time.

The powertrain combines high specific power elements: the new 6.5-litre combustion engine works synergically with two front axial flux motors that deliver an outstanding weight-to-power ratio, with a radial flux electric motor positioned above the first eight-speed double-clutch gearbox debuting on a 12-cylinder Lamborghini.

The three electric motors are powered by a lithium-ion high specific power (4500 W/kg) battery pack that also supports a fully-electric drive mode.

Lamborghini chairman and CEOStephan Winkelmann, said: "The new Revuelto is a milestone in the history of Lamborghini, and an important pillar in our Direzione Cor Tauri electrification strategy.

"It is a unique and innovative car but at the same time faithful to our DNA: the V12 is an iconic symbol of our super sports heritage and history.

"Revuelto was born to break the mould, combining a new 12-cylinder engine with hybrid technology, creating the perfect balance between delivering the emotion that our clients want with the necessity to reduce emissions."

The Revuelto will be mostly made from carbon fibre, used in all elements of the bodywork apart from the doors and bumpers. The extensive use of carbon fibre and lightweight materials, combined with the potent engine power, contributes to achieving the best weight-to-power ratio in the history of Lamborghini.

The new Revuelto combines these attributes to deliver performance figures of 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 217mph.

Rouven Mohr, Lamborghini chief technical officer, said: "With Revuelto we take the experience of driving a Lamborghini to a superior level. Revuelto takes a significant step forward in terms of reactivity and responsiveness to ensure the most emotive and natural driving in every environment.

"Revuelto is a car delivering the highest performance but our objective right from the start was to confirm it at the very summit of driving emotions."

The Revuelto retains one of Lamborghini's strongest traditions: four-wheel drive. However, when in electric mode, the it is front-wheel drive only to optimise energy consumption, while electric drive to the rear axle is activated on demand when needed.

Lamborghini's tyre partner for Revuelto is Bridgestone, which developed bespoke Potenza Sport tyres to enhance the new car's capabilities.

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