Lamborghini produced and sold 7,430 cars in 2020, a number that has nothing to do with the environmental impact on the world. Still, the standards that automakers must meet have actually reached Sant’Agata Bolognese near Milan, where the sports car brand was born.
This Tuesday, a new roadmap will reveal Lamborghini’s next steps in transitioning its engines. “Lamborghini’s electrification plan is a necessary change of course in a radically evolving context,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Automobili Lamborghini SpA and Bugatti Automobiles SAS.
A fully electric car? In five years
The main announcement of this roadmap is certainly the release of a fourth model at Lamborghini, 100% electric (based on a Porsche Taycan?). Unlike its competitors, Lamborghini does not plan to showcase and commercialize this product “before the second half of the decade”. This will be the end of his journey, ”says one from Lamborghini, a message that needs to be read both ways …
To achieve this presentation, Lamborghini announced that it had signed its largest investment plan, estimated at 1.5 billion euros over four years. “The technological innovation of this phase will again be guided by the goal of ensuring exceptional performance and bringing the new product to the top of the segment,” announced the brand. Initially, CO2 emissions are to be reduced by 50% by the beginning of 2025.
Celebration of the heat engines
As with Ferrari, Lamborghini has always been the line of the best V12s in the world, those naturally aspirated thermal engines (without the help of turbochargers) that marked the nobility of automobile mechanics. Out of conviction and recognition, the roadmap begins with a so-called “celebration” phase, which marks 2021 and 2022. There are very special versions on the program. Two of them will in fact be equipped with a twelve-cylinder engine.
After that, the second phase is known as the “transition” and forms a brand new hybrid range. In 2024, Lamborghini would like its entire range to be electrified in this way. The manufacturer recalls that the use of lightweight carbon fiber materials “will be critical in limiting weight due to electrification”. A crucial weight for sports cars and a weight that seems to weigh on Lamborghini, a historical masterpiece dazzled by a morning it no longer overlooks.