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Lamborghini Aventador Successor Will Have Electric Motors Aiding Its V12

How does around 1,000 hp sound to you? We thought so.

In case you didn’t already know, the Lamborghini Aventador dates back to 2011. It’s currently towards the very end of its lifecycle. Fortunately, Lamborghini has been hard at work developing its so far unnamed successor. While specific details about Lamborghini’s new flagship remain scarce, Motor Authority has learned from the Italian supercar brand’s R&D director, Maurizio Reggiani, that electrification will be utilized to aid its V12 engine. Yes, the V12 will remain.

However, that V12, likely an updated version of the current 6.5-liter unit, will be aided by electric motors that could allow for total output to exceed 1,000 hp. We highly doubt anyone will complain about that. But one of the key complaints about the current Aventador S is its single-clutch transmission. It was modern enough back in 2011 but today its age clearly shows. What does Lamborghini intend to do about it come 2020-2021? "It is not a problem of a single-clutch,” Reggiani said. “It is a problem of what way will we handle and manage what I described before: weight. For me, everything that contribute to the weight is an enemy, and I need to decide what is better to put effort into and what to sacrifice. I am fully with you that a double-clutch is a marvelous solution.

“I have only one problem—additional weight." And here’s another issue with today’s Aventador not everyone may have fully realized: It’s not Lamborghini’s most powerful production car at the moment. That honor belongs to the Huracan Performante. Again, how will this be resolved? Well, the Huracan Performante benefits from the Lamborghini Active Aerodynamics system, while the Aventador does not. "Aero vectoring was never used in Aventador. That means it's a big potential that we have in our pocket," Reggiani added. Knowing all of that, the Aventador successor will likely be the most advanced Lamborghini ever. But weight, once again, remains its number one enemy.

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