The Raging Bull wants a bigger slice of the luxury pie, and a two-door, 2+2 electric crossover seems to be the solution.
Lamborghini is enjoying phenomenal success, but it wants more. New information from the company's CEO Stephan Winkelmann sourced during a sit-down interview with Auto Express reveals that the brand may be looking at reviving a legendary body style with a bit of a twist.
Lamborghini will have its first electric model added to its range in 2028, but Winkelmann promises that this new arrival won't encroach on the markets already occupied by Lamborghini's existing markets. The charismatic CEO describes the EV to be a "fourth model which will be more daily useable," adding that "this means a 2+2, two-door car with more ground clearance."
For those not familiar with Lamborghini's extensive model history, this wouldn't be the first time that it experimented with the 2+2 two-door coupe body style, as the 1968 Espada was sold by the brand in this configuration for a full 10 years. Like the Urus, it is understood that the Raging Bull will be sourcing a lot of the upcoming model's foundation from the Volkswagen Group's existing parts bin.
Thus, we can assume that the soon-to-arrive Scalable Systems Platform will be the architecture of choice for Lamborghini's fourth model, considering that the Huracan Sterrato has already been confirmed to be the last non-electric car from the brand. We don't know much about this platform yet, but the group intends for this to be used on high-performance products.
Lamborghini's chief technical officer Rouven Mohr says that the brand's first electric vehicle will maintain the brand's extraordinary design and performance while embracing the future of electromobility. He explains, "If we speak about carbon fiber function integration, battery integration as a structural part - this is something that allows you much more degrees of freedom from the design perspective in the sense of aerodynamics."
We already know that Lamborghini is pouring more than $1.8 billion worth of investments into electrification over the next four years. Included in this is a hybrid replacement for the V12 Aventador, which will be revealed sometime in Q1 2023. A plug-in hybrid Lamborghini Urus and Huracan successor will arrive one year after that. This fourth 2+2 EV will join the family in 2028.
Lamborghini is embracing electrification, but Winkelmann and his team are clear that there is an intention to retain the internal combustion engine for as long as possible, which may be possible under the new combustion mandates, so long as e-fuels can be made carbon-neutral. Winkleman explains that there is enough time to see how this strategy plays out, but once the entire line is electrified after 2025, a decision regarding its iconic ICEs will have to be made.
Porsche is faced with a similar dilemma, which is why it is investing large resources into the development of synthetic fuels. Mohr describes it to be an interesting venture and explains that Lamborghini is in contact with its Stuttgart-based cousin regarding this, but it will always cater to a niche market because of the high development and logistical costs.
So although the first Lamborghini EV is in the works, this does not spell the end of the internal combustion engine just yet. At this point, it's simply another slice of the pie that Sant'Agata is cutting for itself.