The future of its ICE engines depends on German tech.
Change is constant and inevitable. That's all the more true in today's automotive industry as it shifts gears from internal combustion engines to electrification. Critical national infrastructure, such as adding charging stations, must also undergo major changes. But not all automakers can just ditch ICE technology so easily for a number of reasons. Brands like Lamborghini are famous for their raw combustion power, the sounds its V8s and V12s produce, and the overall driver experience. EVs are silent unless they pump their cabins with purely artificial sounds. What can Lamborghini do about this? One possibility is to call up Porsche.
Speaking to German language Welt am Sonntag, via Reuters, a couple of days ago, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said he wants to keep selling ICE-powered supercars and hypercars into the 2030s.
"After hybridization, we will wait to see whether it will be possible to offer vehicles with an internal combustion engine beyond 2030," he said. "One possibility would be to keep combustion engine vehicles alive via synthetic fuels."
Very conveniently, Porsche is in the advanced stages of finalizing its in-house developed synthetic fuel. Porsche had made clear its iconic 911 will be the last of its model lineup to fully go electric. A hybrid variant is due in the near future and it will retain the flat-six engine. Typically, a hybrid and/or plug-in hybrid is the go-between stage just before full electrification. But Porsche realized a clean, environmentally-friendly synthetic fuel can prolong the combustion engine's life. Lamborghini wants in on it, too.
Ever so conveniently, both brands share a parent company, the Volkswagen Group. Even if Lamborghini were to get access to Porsche's synthetic fuel, which is likely, plans remain in place to launch a pure EV model by decade's end. Prior to that, a PHEV version of its best-selling Urus SUV will debut. The successor to the Aventador will also adopt electrification but the V12 will remain. Electric motors can be used to improve both efficiency and performance.
We suspect Porsche will provide more synthetic fuel launch status updates in the near future. Lamborghini will be paying very close attention.