The Lamborghini Revuelto: Everything You Need To Know
Meet the Revuelto, Lamborghini’s replacement for the iconic Aventador. As the Italian brand’s tradition dictates, the Revuelto is named after a celebrity bull from the 1880s and lives up to its name with a complex hybrid powertrain. Stephan Winklemann describes it as “a good way of explaining how we’ve blended the two souls of this car.”
So, what makes the Revuelto so special? For starters, it's a high-performance electrified vehicle, or HPEV for short. The car is dominated by its powertrain, which features Lamborghini’s most powerful naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine ever, three electric motors and an all-new 8-Speed dual clutch gearbox – hoorah! Interestingly too, it shifts faster than the incredible 7-speed unit found in the Huracan.
Two of the car’s electric motors are mounted on the front axle and drive the front wheels only, independently of each other. The other one is integrated into the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The combustion engine alone produces 814bhp at 9,250rpm and 525lb ft of torque - making it more powerful than the unit in the Aventador with an ability to rev 1,000rpm higher. It also gives one the most hotly anticipated engines of the moment a run for its money, revving 500rpm higher than the flat 6 powerplant found in the 992 GT3RS.
But it's not just the combustion engine that's impressive. The two electric motors on the front axle are oil-cooled axial flux units that produce 110kW each, while the third e-motor above the gearbox brings the total power output to a mind-boggling 1,001bhp in maximum-attack Corsa mode. This allows the Revuelto to reach a top speed of 217mph, with a zero to 62mph time of just 2.5 seconds – breathing down the neck of its Italian rival, the SF90 Stradale.
Of course, with all that power comes the need for advanced technology to keep the car under control. The Revuelto uses a recalibrated version of Lamborghini's Dinamica Veicolo (LDVI) system, which features an army of sensors positioned at the car's centre of gravity to provide real-time monitoring of lateral, longitudinal and vertical loads, as well as body roll, pitch and yaw. Now though, the system also monitors torque vectoring, which enhances performance and the car's high-speed dynamics.
It uses active aero to deliver 66% more downforce than the Aventador, with a large front splitter and a distinctive roof design that moves air to the pop-up rear wing. The car also features a double wishbone multi-link set up front and rear, with magnetic dampers and clever control software.
Bridgestone has developed a new Potenza Sport tire for the Revuelto, accompanied by the latest generation of carbon ceramic brakes. The e-axle and rear e-motor assist the friction brakes during braking, recharging the battery in the process.
There are 13 driving modes in total, including the new Recharge, Hybrid, and Performance, as well as Città for quiet city driving and Corsa for an all-out thrill. The car also features a continuous downshifting feature, allowing it to cycle through multiple gears during downshifting, a significant departure from the Aventador's ISR transmission.
In terms of design, the Revuelto is pure Lamborghini, from the tip of its glorious nose to the tail of its beautiful back end. Lamborghini's brilliant design boss Mitja Borkert has done an excellent job with the styling. Although it's longer and taller than the Aventador, it doesn't look it, helped by a clever black zig-zag element on the side which distracts the eye.
Carbon fibre is prominent, which as well as being very pretty to look at, offsets the additional weight of the e-motors and batteries. The final weight is not yet confirmed, but the new chassis is 10% lighter than the Aventador's and referred to by Lamborghini as a 'monofuselage', an aviation allusion and a subtle nod to their partnership with Boeing.
The roof is made of pre-preg carbon fiber, which is hand-laid and laminated, vacuum-packed, and then cooked in a large autoclave. There are buttresses connecting the roof to the rear wheel arches and a Y-shaped front light motif. The rear of the car is particularly dramatic, with a complex diffuser, a high-mounted hexagonal exhaust, and an open engine bay.
The car's interior features a new steering wheel with both an EV and a drive mode button. The configurable instrument screen is housed in a slender binnacle and has excellent graphics worthy of the latest Playstation game. The touchscreen is supplemented by physical buttons, including those for the hazard warning light, fuel tank switch, and flip-up starter button. There’s also a 360-degree cameras to aid in parking.
But perhaps the most impressive thing about the Revuelto is how it seamlessly blends the hybrid powertrain into the car's identity. Lamborghini's chief technical officer Rouven Mohr says, "We wanted a hybrid system that actually increases the perception of the V12. The hybrid is there to support you, to enable you to go faster, and most of all to improve the handling. You will not recognize that it's a hybrid."
Overall, the Revuelto's mission is clear: to provide maximum entertainment. Price tag is estimated to be somewhere north of £450,000 dependant on specification and we could see the first cars rolling out later this year or early into 2024. Watch this space…