Times are changing and nothing is guaranteed forever.
This is not the first time we've seen this topic mentioned, but something tells us it certainly won't be the last given today's environment. You see, Lamborghini is famous for its naturally aspirated engines, the V10 and mighty V12. Powering today's Huracan and Aventador, respectively, these engines are not exactly known for being emissions friendly. That's one reason why Lamborghini opted for a twin-turbo V8 for its hot-selling Urus SUV.
The next Lamborghini due for a successor is the Aventador, though we don't expect it any time before 2021. Sometime after that, the Huracan's successor will arrive. Now, Lamborghini has already promised its NA V12 will live on, perhaps with hybrid assist for both improved performance and fuel economy, but what about the V10? Could it also be hybridized? Or, alternatively, downsized?
Automobile Magazine recently spoke to Lamborghini's chief technical director, Maurizio Reggiani, about a range of topics, among them what's in store for the eventual Huracan replacement. Is a V8 possible here? Reggiani's reply clearly isn't ruling anything out.
"A V-10 at this moment is fundamental to the brand, but it is something that is less strategic for us. If you look back at Lamborghini, there was a V-8, not for the top-end car, but I will not have a problem to say the Huracan can be fitted with another type of engine for the new generation of motor."
So, in short, nothing is definite. Times change and some potentially tough decisions might have to be made in order to guarantee high levels of performance while still meeting strict government fuel economy regulations. Given that the Huracan's popularity continues to grow, recently proven by it defeating the Gallardo's sales in record time, its eventual successor must be able to be sold in every major global market. Therefore, dropping the V10 for, say, a twin-turbo V8, could be required. Reggiani appears to be keeping the door open for that possibility.