Is this the end of the world, or pretty good news?
We have speculated that Lamborghini was secretly working on an electric supercar under the code name "Vitola." These rumors had some validity because they were based on the assumption that Lamborghini would borrow the powertrain from the 600 horsepower Porsche Mission-E Concept. This rumor has just been fueled even more in a report by Automotive News Europe. Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali confirmed that the company is open to adding an all-electric car to its lineup. Although, it won't happen right away.
At the Geneva Motor Show, Domenicali said that "Electrification is an area of great attention for us, but I'm not expecting it will happen in the short term." He then ruled out the possibility of an all-electric Lamborghini until at least 2025. Anyone who is disgusted at the idea of an electric Lamborghini can now let off a huge sigh of relief, although 7 years will fly by in no time. Lamborghini had record sales in 2016, but Domenicali expects slow growth this year "since economic regions like the U.S. and China are showing unchanged growth." He says that Lamborghini sales will increase by a single-digit percentage rate from last year's record 3,457 deliveries. When the Urus SUV is finally revealed, sales should skyrocket.
Before we claim that an electric Lamborghini would be the end of the world, we need to consider what such a model could be like. The Tesla Model S may be a heavy, four-door sedan, but it can keep up with the likes of supercars. The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid makes almost 700 hp and proves that electrification is not always boring. There is no way that an EV could replace the sound of Lamborghini's V10 and V12 engines, but perhaps the company could find a way to make an electric car sound good. This is Lamborghini we are talking about after all. A bespoke electric supercar from Lamborghini could be one of the quickest cars on the planet.