Those excited for the next-generation Lamborghini Aventador will have to wait until at least 2024 for the V12-powered supercar's replacement, according to a report from Automobile – It’s also not clear whether it’ll even have a V12.
Even though Lamborghini has more than quadrupled its global sales since 2010, the Volkswagen Group product strategy committee is apparently reluctant to invest the approximate $81 million needed to upgrade the Aventador’s V12 to meet tougher upcoming EU7 emission standards.
It’s shaping up as a battle between the strategy committee and Lamborghini’s executives and engineers. The committee ballparked $1.3 billion for the replacement Aventador, Huracán and an emissions-compliant hybridised V12, but Lamborghini’s people reckon they can do it for 'just' $650 million.
Lamborghini could switch its flagship to a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, as is planned for the next Huracán, but it would abruptly end a legendary line of V12 Lamborghinis dating back to their first production vehicle, the 1964 350 GT.
It would, however, bring Lamborghini’s profit margins closer to Ferrari’s impressive numbers, which remain the envy of Volkswagen Group executives.
In the Aventador SVJ, the naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 produces a towering 566kW and 720Nm, helping the current flagship to hit 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds.
But, as Volkswagen’s bean counters will tell you, a twin-turbocharged V8 can be engineered to produce approximately the same figures, especially when supplemented with a hybrid system.
A boosted V8 is already tipped to replace the V10 in the next Huracán, slated for a 2025 launch. With hybrid componentry, this V8 could produce upwards of 596kW. The existing twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 in the Lamborghini Urus produces 478kW and 850Nm on its own.
Lamborghini could invest in a reskin of both their coupe models to keep them fresh for another four years or so. The next-generation offerings are tipped to share the same carbon-fibre tub, as well as the same electronic, steering, suspension and brake components.
Lamborghini CEO and president, Stefano Domenicali, announced earlier this year the next Aventador would keep its iconic V12 engine, albeit mated to a hybrid system.
Additionally, the Aventador, Huracán and Urus are supposed to be joined by a 2+2 grand tourer, Domenicali wanting to mould the Lamborghini brand into a less polarising “happy brand”.
Lengthy production runs aren’t unusual for Lamborghini’s supercars. If the next Aventador arrives in 2024, the current generation will have been sold for 13 years.
Its predecessor, the Murciélago (above), was sold for nine years and the Diablo before that for 11 years. Even if the Aventador doesn’t arrive in 2024, it’ll probably still have a shorter run than its Countach ancestor. The famous supercar lasted longer than most house cats with its 16-year production run.