Sure, you can electrify the hell out of performance sedans, SUVs, and other fast cars and be alright. But what are you going to do with supercars, whose emotional driving experience is just as important as their otherworldly looks? The time has come for Lamborghini to answer that question with the successor of the Aventador. Say hello to the 2024 Revuelto, the first non-limited hybrid Lamborghini ever.
Lamborghini’s gas-electric adventures started in 2014 with the Asterion grand tourer concept, while the more recent Sian limited model matted the Aventador’s V12 with supercapacitors for a hybrid customer experience. The Revuelto takes things to the next level in terms of electrification, cutting emissions by almost a third compared to the model it replaces while adding the same percentage in terms of performance.
There’s a 6.5L V12 that can afford to keep its naturally aspirated character thanks to three electric motors—the Revuleto is a plug-in hybrid. Two of these are found up front, while the third works with the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission—the somewhat clunky, but more emotional single-clutch ISR gearbox of the Aventador has been retired.
The transmission tunnel is no longer that… since it’s now occupied by a 3.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which can be fully replenished in 30 minutes using a 7kW power source, as well as via regenerative braking. As for the gearbox, this now sits transversely behind the engine.
And while the overall output sits at up to 1,001 hp, shutting the 814 hp internal combustion engine off altogether and relying on EV power alone means you get to use up to 187 hp. 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) takes 2.5s, while 0 to 124 mph (200 km/h) is done in under 7 seconds, which is the kind of performance that rivals that of the Bugatti Chiron. The top speed sits at 217 mph (350 km/h).
Walkaround video of the 2024 Lamborghini Revuelto
There’s a lot to say about the Revuelto, whose name has once again been pulled out of Sant’Agata Bolognese’s fighting bull repertoire. However, before the official unveiling hits the internet today at 1 PM Easter Time (7 PM CEST or 5 PM GMT), I’ve brought along a walkaround video that highlights the top features of the new Raging Bull. Lens tip to YouTuber Mr. Automotive, who got up close and personal with the new Italian exotic at Lamborghini’s Centro Stille in Italy, where the thing was designed.
Even in the suits-most-tastes shade of Bianco (white) seen here, the Countach influences are obvious, albeit not that direct. After all, the Italian automaker did give us a modern take on its 1980s icon based on the Aventador, so the boldness of those side intakes are enough of a hint for this model, which has to take the company through the remainder of the decade and, hopefully, beyond that.
The Aventador was already insanely wide, which is why the Revuelto doesn’t add to this. However, the new model is about 6 inches (16 cm) longer, with 3 inches (8 cm) being invested in expanding the wheelbase. And, if we factor in the 0.9 inches (24 mm) of extra height, we can see why the cabin is considerably more spacious (we’ll get back to this).
The aero is infinitely complex, from the ALA (active aero) to the fuselage-like section surrounding the engine bay, which, by the way, is now fully exposed (i.e. no more transparent engine cover, but just some Italian air over that gorgeous engine). How far did the Italians go for beauty? For one, there are two identical sensors up front for the sake of symmetry.
Moving to the sides, the extra-wide door entry sills that used to make access difficult are split into narrower sills and carbon sections attached to the lower sides of the Lambo doors, so the bold visuals are still present, only more responsibly.
At the rear, the active wing sits atop high-positioned exhausts that might bring up one’s favorite space movie, while the Centenario-like diffuser extends so high that it may put tuners out of business. The same goes for the new wheel options, with the usual staggered setup having been bumped by one inch: 22-inch units in the rear and 21-inch ones up front, naturally not concealing the larger carbon-ceramic brakes.
While we don’t have the final figures yet (update: the Revuleto has a dry weight of 3,907 lbs or 1,772 kg), the Italians have worked to offset the added weight of the electric bits by using an all-carbon monocoque with carbon front crash structures as an industry first, which means the whole structure is 10% lighter than that of the Aventador. Plus, the 9,500 rpm-capable V12, which I expect to be an evolution of the all-new V12 used by the Aventador (this was only the third all-new such unit in the history of the company) has lost 37 lbs (17 kg).
The doors have sensors on the outside and buttons on the inside and while you still have to muscle them up and down, they’re easier to open/close than before.
The cabin space is noticeably improved: there’s more headroom—yay for tall people or wearing helmets on the track—and the extra room behind the seats can benefit long legs or accommodate a non-negligible amount of luggage.
The touch interfaces seem to be positioned just where they should. So we have three screens (instrument cluster, central, and passenger infotainment), but plenty of physical buttons on the carbon fiber (core and exterior pieces) steering wheel. The latter looks more like a racing car wheel than in any showroom Lambo, so you may never have to take your hands off it.
Adding to the usual driving modes (Strada, Sport and Corsa, plus ESC Off), we have the Citta, which relies on electric power for city driving. However, the limited capacity of the battery means the EV-only range sits at 6 miles (10 km) based on the European WLTP protocol. Speaking of which, there are three EV driving modes.
A top performer, but also a daily driver
When the Huracan landed back in 2014, this became the first-ever Lamborghini you could drive on a regular basis (i.e. without too much effort). However, that V10 supercar was a bit too less extreme, which is why Lamborghini spiced things up with the Huracan Evo facelift back in 2017.
However, I am certain that all those lessons, together with those learned from the Aventador, have been well integrated. So, based on my experience with those previous cars and all the details showcased in the video below, I expect the Revuelto to be the first V12 Lamborghini you can daily drive.