Feast your eyes on the all-new Lamborghini Revuelto, the long-awaited replacement for the Aventador supercar. It’s also the Italian automaker’s first ever plug-in hybrid, combining a brand-new 12-cylinder internal combustion engine with three high-density electric motors, for a new benchmark in terms of performance, on-board technology and driving pleasure.
While a number of plug-in hybrid supercars arrived on the scene nearly a decade ago like the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, Lamborghini stuck with their iconic gas-powered V12 engine. Years later, the brand dabbled in electrification with the Sián FKP-37 and Countach LPI 800-4 hybrids. But now, they felt the time was right for a plug-in hybrid.
Sure, Lamborghini is pretty late to the party. But based on the specs for the new Revuelto, it looks like it was worth the wait. Under the hood of the 2024 Lamborghini Revuelto is a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine that produces 820 HP and 535 lb-ft of torque, augmented by two 148-hp/258-lb-ft motors driving the front wheels and a 148-hp/110-lb-ft motor integrated into the all-new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission mounted transversely behind the rear axle. Peak system output is 1,001 HP and 793 lb-ft.
The 2024 Lamborghini Revuelto accelerates from 0-60mph in less than 2.5 seconds and to 124 mph in less than 7.0 seconds, on the way to a claimed top speed of more than 217 mph. These numbers combine with its exceptional dynamism thanks to the introduction of electric torque vectoring, and four-wheel drive available also in fully-electric drive mode, ensuring the Revuelto expresses its amplified qualities both on track and in daily driving.
And because Lamborghini kept the V12 engine rather than switching to a smaller engine, you still get that glorious exhaust note at full wail, which is what a Lambo is all about.
“The new Revuelto is a milestone in the history of Lamborghini, and an important pillar in our Direzione Cor Tauri electrification strategy,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini Chairman and CEO. 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 mold, 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.”
Visually, Revuelto brings the future of Lamborghini design to the road today. It stays constant to the exclusive Lamborghini design DNA but establishes an entirely new stylistic language. It links with the iconic and legendary Lamborghini V12 cars of the past throughout the new shape, while the new proportions open the door towards the future.
Carbon fiber, produced via artisan craftmanship in the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory, is the principal structural element within the new car, used not only in the monofuselage and frame but also for many elements of the bodywork. The extensive use of carbon fiber and lightweight materials, combined with the potent engine power, contributes to achieving the best weight-to-power ratio in the history of Lamborghini: 1.75 kg/CV.
The new architecture allows for optimal weight distribution (44% at the front and 56% at the rear), bringing them closer to the center of gravity and optimizing the length of the wheelbase, resulting in a perfect balance that makes the Revuelto extremely agile and effective both on the road and in the curves of a circuit. This capability is also enhanced by the increased stiffness of the anti-roll bars (+11% at the front and +50% at the rear), and by the reduced steering ratio (-10% compared to the Aventador Ultimae): an approach already successfully tested on the Huracán STO.
The Revuelto’s capabilities are complemented by the four-wheel steering system, which contributes significantly to the sensation of a car that is agile, responsive and compact but at the same time stable and precise, and by the specially developed Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires featuring a more generous front footprint (+4% compared to the Aventador Ultimae).
I could keep going, but needless to say the car improves upon the Aventador in every way, with the hybrid powertrain delivering extra versatility that one never could have imagined, while still retaining the loud, fast, and viscerally exciting demeanor that Lamborghini owners come to expect from their supercars.
A job well done, and we can’t wait to see one in the flesh when deliveries start in late 2023.
What do you think of the 2024 Lamborghini Revuelto?