Lamborghini has launched the Revuelto, the successor to the Aventador, after a gap of thirteen years. The Revuelto comes with a new V12 engine combined with a plug-in hybrid system of three electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack, giving it a maximum power of 1,015hp. Its 6.5-litre L545 engine weighs only 218 kg, which is 17 kg lighter than the Aventador. It also has an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox mounted transversely and features an aerodynamic design with Y-shaped elements. Sustainability is a priority as well, with water-based paints and recycled materials used in the production of the car.
Lamborghini has revealed the successor to the Aventador, known as the Revuelto, after thirteen years. Similar to its predecessor, the Revuelto boasts a V12 engine and features the brand’s signature sharp and edgy design theme, but the similarities end there. According to Stephan Winkelmann, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, the Revuelto is now the brand’s new flagship and is considered a “halo product for Lamborghini for the next decade.”
The Revuelto boasts a new naturally aspirated V12 engine as its major highlight. For the first time in the brand’s history, this engine is coupled with a plug-in hybrid system consisting of three electric motors and a 3.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is housed in the central ‘transmission’ tunnel. However, this is not the first time Lamborghini has combined an electric motor with a V12 engine, as that distinction belongs to the Sian.
Weighing only 218kg, the new 6.5-litre L545 engine is the lightest and most potent 12-cylinder engine made by Lamborghini. This weight is 17kg lighter than the Aventador. The engine can deliver a maximum power of 825hp at a remarkable 9,250rpm, with a redline of 9,500rpm, while the maximum torque is 725Nm at 6,750rpm.
The Revuelto boasts an impressive combined power output of 1,015hp, thanks to its new naturally aspirated V12 engine paired with a plug-in hybrid system consisting of three electric motors and a 3.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Unlike the Aventador, the Revuelto features an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox mounted transversely, which will also be used in future Lamborghini models, replacing the outdated single-clutch unit that was a significant drawback of its predecessor.
Of the three electric motors, two are located at the front and power each wheel, while the third is positioned above the gearbox and provides power to the rear wheels based on the selected driving mode and conditions. Although in-wheel motors were considered for the front, Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer Rouven Mohr explains that the compromises outweighed the advantages of this approach. The rear motor also functions as a starter motor and generator, and supplies energy to the front electric motors via the battery, which is situated in the transmission tunnel.
The Revuelto boasts the best power-to-weight ratio of any Lamborghini yet, with a remarkable 573hp per tonne, thanks to the hybrid powertrain and carbon fibre construction. With an electrically-boosted power output and weight savings from the extensive use of carbon fibre throughout the body and frame, the Revuelto is capable of hitting 0-100kph in just 2.5 seconds and a top speed exceeding 350kph. Torque vectoring and four-wheel drive also promise improved responsiveness and handling.
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The Revuelto’s monofuselage is constructed almost entirely from lightweight carbon fibre, with even the front structure made from this material. The carbon fibre construction not only reduces weight but also improves energy absorption compared to the Aventador’s aluminium front frame. The new design boasts a 10% reduction in weight compared to the Aventador chassis and a 25% increase in torsional stiffness, with a value of 40,000 Nm/deg.
Despite the changes, the Revuelto retains Lamborghini’s signature sharp and angular design, including the iconic Y-shaped elements that are found throughout the car. The Y-shaped enclosures at the front house the headlight and air intakes and feature the same Y-shaped light signatures used for the tail-lights. The high-mounted exhaust ports are also hexagonal-shaped, sitting between the tail-lights and exposing the longitudinal engine.
The Revuelto boasts Y-shaped design elements on its rear air intakes for the engine and its massive wheels, which measure 20 inches in the front and 21 inches in the rear. Additionally, fins behind the front wheel arches guide air along the sides and into large air intakes that sport an arrowhead-shaped outline.
Furthermore, the designers prioritized aerodynamic efficiency in the Revuelto’s creation. As a result, the front aerodynamic load has increased by 33 percent, and the rear load by 74 percent, when compared to the Aventador Ultimae.
The company has taken steps toward sustainability as well, using water-based paints in the Revuelto’s production. The interior features a combination of leather and a new fabric called Corsa-Tex, made of Dinamica microfiber from recycled polyester using a water-based production process.
The Revuelto’s scissor doors reveal an entirely new interior that embraces the ‘Y’ design theme to make the driver feel like a pilot, according to the brand. The cabin features a striking carbon-fiber center profile with air vents and an 8.4-inch vertical touchscreen. There are also two displays, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and a 9.1-inch passenger-side display, that can simultaneously present the same information.
Moreover, the Revuelto boasts a “swipe” function that enables occupants to transfer applications and information from the central display to the side displays, similar to a smartphone. Amazon’s Alexa and what3words navigation are also included. The three screens have replaced most of the physical buttons, but the steering wheel still has buttons that activate the turn signals and launch control, among other functions.
Inspired by the Essenza SCV12 racing experience, the steering wheel has four knobs for selecting driving modes, including electric 4WD, and adjusting the car’s lifting system and rear wing tilt. The rear wing position changes depending on the drive mode and speed.
Lamborghini has given attention to interior space in the Revuelto, which provides 26mm more headroom and 84mm more legroom than the Aventador Ultimae. There is also extra space behind the seats for luggage, as well as a compartment beneath the front hood that can hold two cabin bags.
According to Mitja Borkert, Lamborghini’s head of design, the Revuelto addresses previous complaints of cramped cabins and a lack of storage, with a longer wheelbase contributing to a larger cabin, a significant increase in headroom, and a big charging pad for mobile phones.
The Revuelto is equipped with the latest-generation Carbon Ceramic brakes, featuring 10-piston front calipers and 410mmx38mm discs and 4-piston calipers and 390x32mm discs at the rear. It also has airbags at the front and side, with knee airbags available in select markets. The car includes ADAS features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Although the Revuelto is sold out for two years, Lamborghini India has secured a few allocations, with the first delivery expected around November 2023. While the price is unknown, the car is expected to cost beyond Rs 10 crore on the road in India, making it the most expensive Lamborghini ever.
Lamborghini is popular for its striking design, high performance, and exclusivity. Its iconic sharp and angular lines have become synonymous with the brand, while its powerful engines and advanced technology continue to push the limits of automotive engineering. Additionally, the limited production numbers and high price tag make Lamborghinis highly coveted status symbols among car enthusiasts and collectors.
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