Think of all the big brand supercars making news off late- from the LaFerrari and the McLaren P1 to the most recent Porsche 918 Spyder. Apart from their obvious exotic quotient, the common thing amongst these supercars has been their hybrid power plants. But when it comes to the renowned Italian Raging Bull, it seems least bothered.
Sticking to the old school format, Lamborghini favours naturally aspirated engines for its lineup of supercars including it’s forthcoming SUV, the Lamborghini Urus. In a recent interview to American automobile magazine Motor Trend, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann clearly stated that though it doesn’t have access to hybrid technology from its parent company Volkswagen AG, it’s least interested in implementing it in their cars to boost performance or improving the brand’s fuel efficiency numbers. Further adding on naturally-aspirated engines, Winkelmann said ” This is one thing we are contemplating, but we don’t want to run ahead of time because this is not the duty of Lamborghini, to be a car that has something that Lamborghini is not all about. Right now, our naturally aspirated engines are the best we can do, and this is what we’re going to work on. “
Speaking on the launch of the more powerful Aventador SV which is speculated to replace the single clutch transmission to a dual clutch drive, he further stated that “I think what we are doing with the ISR (Independent Shifting Rods), the actual clutch, in terms of weight and speed, is the best you can do on a super sports car. Therefore, at this time, there is no double-clutch planned.”
Also the Lamborghini Urus finally being green flagged by Volkswagen for production, Winkelmann referred to the SUV as a “game changer” and as highlighted above it would keep away from a hybrid powertrain.
Now that sounds like music to supercar purists!
Aventador SV Image Credit: AutoEvolution.com