Lamborghini is almost ready to pull back the covers on its first series-production hybrid, the replacement for the Aventador. But judging by these images of the V12 supercar broken down at the side of the road there’s still a little bit of work to do.
Spy photographers were trailing the Huracan’s new big brother close to its Sant’Agata base as it put on some development miles when it came to a halt on a two-lane road. We’ll call it a gift from the scoop gods because with no means of escape the Lambo and its driver couldn’t do anything to prevent the spy team swooping in for a closer look.
The resulting images show the front headlights with their split-lamp arrangement, tell us that the lower units include the turn signals, and reveal the final shape of the air intakes mounted below. Unfortunately we don’t quite get to see the interior, but that’s guaranteed to come with acres of leather or Alcantara and some advanced digital gauge cluster tech.
We already knew that the rear lights would take on the shape of water divining sticks – those fake taillight stickers underneath the real units didn’t fool us for a second. But it’s interesting to see the shape of the new LED lights and the quad-tailpipe setup up in close quarters. It also looks like the V12 will be located under a sunken engine lid, and not a sloping glass or slatted cover, which might give it the look of a Countach or Diablo at the back.
Also evident are the large cooling vents either side of the engine the will be essential to draw air from an engine bay packed with both heat-producing combustion V12 and hybrid power units. We’re not yet sure whether the new V12 will downsize from the 6.5 liters of the outgoing Aventador, but we can logically expect the output of even the base car to far exceed the 760 hp (770 PS) of the old SVJ range-topper . When even Ferrari’s baby V6-powered 296 GTB hybrid delivers 818 hp (829 PS), nothing less than a giant leap will do for Lamborghini.
But let’s not try to run before we can walk. Lamborghini’s first job is to get the still unnamed supercar to drive along at normal speeds without breaking down.
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Images S. Baldauf / SB-Medien for Carscoops