Date posted : January 30. 2019
What could we expect Automobili Lamborghini SpA to show us in a few weeks at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show?
A lot of rumors mention a new, highly limited edition LB48H model based on the current V12 flagship version of the Aventador, but with the ‘H’ in the name everybody talks about a hybrid system with lots of horsepower … taking into account the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ that is being built as we speak in Sant’Agata packs no less than 770 bhp at 8,500 rpm from the NA V12 engine, adding some electric motors could easily push power beyond the 800 bhp mark, some sources mention a total power output of 843 hp.
We all know Hybrid power is the future for Lamborghini, CEO Stefano Domenicali already confirmed both the Aventador and the Huracan successors will be adding electric motors to their naturally aspirated engines … so having a Hybrid limited edition before the successor is unveiled would make perfect sense.
Aventador SVJ Roadster
If you would take a look at the production line in Sant’Agata today you would notice a lot of Aventador SVJ Coupe being built, last week only a single Aventador S Roadster was being finished, all other cars ‘in the works’ were SVJ … but we still haven’t seen a Roadster version of this top of the line version, and we are sure Lamborghini will offer an open-top SVJ at some point … but time is running out.
Will we be able to admire an Aventador SVJ Roadster in early March already? Chances are high, we all know the Aventador will be replaced by a new model in 2020 and currently the factory can build about 1,200 Aventador each year … 2019 has just started, so if Lamborghini wants to start building the successor in 2020 with an unveil at next years Geneva Motor Show they will probably have to stop building the Aventador in late 2019, so they can convert the assembly line to the new model.
Let’s add this up … this would mean about 10 months of Aventador production is left … about 1,000 units, they are building 900 units of the Aventador SVJ Coupe, but that’s already ongoing, so let’s say they still must make half of those, 450 units. But Aventador SVJ Roadster production hasn’t started yet, neither production of the LB48H (Coupe and perhaps a Roadster too?) … so, in total about 550 ‘spots’ are left to be built this year … 25 LB48H and 25 LB48H Roadster … that leaves 500 Aventador SVJ Roadster to be built before the end of the year …
Huracan EVO Spyder
Personally, I think it is too soon for Lamborghini to show the Spyder version of their latest Huracan incarnation, the Huracan EVO has just been on a dynamic launch in the Middle-East … the Coupe will surely be shown in Geneva this year, but the Spyder version, although already captured months ago as a test mule, will probably not be introduced so soon after the Coupe version.
So despite the fact I would love to see the Huracan EVO Spyder in March, I think we’ll have to wait until at least September for the Paris Motor Show to admire the convertible V10 model from Sant’Agata at a European car show.
Huracan Super Trofeo Omologato
There is a rumor on some forum about a new Huracan in the pipeline, with the Huracan EVO street car and the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO race car … we might see a combination of this in the shape and form of a street legal version Super Trofeo that could be called the Huracan Super Trofeo Omologato … like the Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale we’ve seen before, a more aggressively styled version of a Performante perhaps.
Huracan Performante EVO
Will there be a more powerful Lamborghini Huracan Performante EVO on the model list soon? Perhaps, keeping in mind the new Huracan EVO has the same power output as the ‘old’ Huracan Performante, it would make sense for Lamborghini to create a new Performante version based on the EVO, with less weight and more power … closer to 700 bhp could be interesting, add four-wheel steering and a further development of the famous ALA and we might get another Nürburgring record.
If there is a new Huracan Performante EVO in the pipeline, chances are we'll also be seeing a Spyder version of this high power V10 derivative soon after the Coupe is unveiled.
When the Lamborghini Urus Super SUV was introduced we all knew a more powerful version was already being mentioned, and most likely the Urus would become the first actual production Lamborghini to offer a hybrid system … the addition weight would be more easily offset against the already elevated overall weight of an Urus anyway.
Will be get an Urus Performante, or an Urus S perhaps … or it could just be called Urus I for Ibrido, who knows, but it will keep the V8 engine and add a few electric motors to raise power up from the current 650 hp to create an even quicker Urus variant, versions with a V10 or even a V12 engine are very unlikely to be made in the future I think.
We will have to wait until March 5th 2019 for the official press conference at the Geneva Motor Show to admire what Lamborghini has in store for us next …
Text © Mark Smeyers - www.lambocars.com
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