The naturally aspirated Lamborghini Huracan has already reached its peak.
Lamborghini recently introduced the new Huracan Evo mid-cycle facelift, which borrows the hardcore Performante's more powerful 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10. Don't expect there to be a lighter, more powerful Superleggera version in the future, however. "That badge is finished,” Lamborghini’s chief technical officer, Maurizio Reggiani, confirmed to CarAdvice when asked if a Huracan Superleggera is coming.
In other words, the Huracan has already reached its peak, at least with its current naturally aspirated setup. Looking ahead, the next version of the Huracan is unlikely to pack any more power than the current model’s V10, which has already been maxed out at 640 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque.
"The short-term issue will be not how we can increase the power, but how to maintain the power when you consider all the new emissions regulations arriving. I mean, there’s APF (anti-particulate filter) designed to trap the ultra-fine particulates, which reduces the power further through reduced back pressure," he said, talking about upcoming emissions rules. "Euro 7 emissions regulations are also on their way and this means sticking the meter inside the combustion chamber for a potential reduction of power.”
Inevitably, Lamborghini will develop more efficient hybrid powertrains to compensate, but this adds more weight. "We wouldn’t need so much power from the combustion engine and could look at alternatives," he said. The first Lamborghini model that will get a hybrid system will be the Aventador with its naturally aspirated V12.
Despite being heavier than the Performante, Reggiani also revealed to the publication that the new Evo is faster around many sections of the Nardo test track. "This is because the torque control we have in the Evo is practically able to guarantee that there’s no spin, and due to the active control we are able to discharge a lot more torque to the front," he explained.
"This means the Evo has higher acceleration and the balance between the front and rear acceleration is better than the Performante. In the Performante there is a big wing that provides a lot of downforce at high speeds, but from 0-62 mph the car’s active aerodynamics is not so effective."