Reportedly, you can’t have a new gasoline-only Lamborghini, and neither can I. No, I’m not saying we’re all poor, but instead that Lamborghini’s allegedly sold out of combustion-only new cars forever. Excuse me, for I need to scream.
Actually, hold the hysterics for now. Just because combustion-only models are all spoken for doesn’t mean that Lamborghini is nixing controlled fireballs altogether. Here’s what Reuters has to say:
Lamborghini’s combustion engine models are sold out until the end of production, its chief executive was quoted as saying in the WELT newspaper on Wednesday, as the luxury carmaker transitions towards a pure hybrid lineup.
Yeah, that makes sense. Given typical product cycles, we’re going to realistically see a year-and-a-half or so of combustion-only Lamborghinis before things go all hybrid, and the hybrid Lamborghinis that we know are coming look pretty damn good.
The Revuelto? Sure, it looks like Edward Scissorhands’ personal Aventador, but I bet it will be brilliant. The inevitable plug-in hybrid Urus? Nobody really cares. Look, it’s a multi-ton road hippo that looks like the result of Balenciaga having a go at the Pontiac Aztek. Commercial real estate agents will actually appreciate a plug-in setup provided they can mob through the HOV lanes unaccompanied, and Greenpeace will appreciate a plug-in setup because the current Urus is thirsty enough that it comes with a direct line to OPEC. It’s not even the silliest Porsche Cayenne you can buy anymore (shoutout to the window-licking Turbo GT), so why not make it a bit more sensible?
Plus, Lamborghini seems to be doing hybrids right. Big cylinder count, big power, big poster car numbers, keep the weight respectable. That last line is a weird one to say about a big bull, but that’s the way it goes. And honestly? Lamborghini doesn’t have much reason to stick with combustion-only powertrains.
Unless attached to a manual gearbox or used in the pursuit of absolute lightness, having a combustion-only powertrain just doesn’t sound practical these days. Modern battery packs for series-parallel hybrids are light enough that going small means most cars don’t suffer a huge weight penalty, and if a car’s going to be heavy anyway, might as well give it some proper EV range. This isn’t even an environmental thing either, it’s a cheapness thing. Stop-and-go driving is boring, so why not spend pennies on the dollar and do it on electricity?
I, for one, welcome our new hybrid Lamborghini poster cars. A world with loud, fast dreams is unquestionably better than one without, and if those dreams need hybridization to happen, so be it. Even if the idea of a juiced-up Lambo doesn’t do anything for you, think of the next generation. This is for the ballers, shot-callers, and kids at Scholastic book fairs everywhere. More proof that even in an onslaught of electrification, supercars are super fun.
(Photo credits: Lamborghini)
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