Lamborghini is staying active with a series of exciting projects on its plate. While the Revuelto V12 plug-in hybrid supercar is gearing up for launch and the Urus PHEV is being perfected, the Italian automaker is also diligently testing the successor to its beloved Huracan.
Recently, automotive spy photographers managed to capture the upcoming baby Lambo undergoing real-world testing, providing us with a first-ever close-up look. Surprisingly, this prototype appears to showcase the production body rather than an early test mule with temporary panels.
Immediate attention is drawn to the yellow "high-voltage" stickers adorning the vehicle, signaling its status as a hybrid test car. In a playful move, Lamborghini added stickers to the headlights, attempting to deceive casual observers into believing that the car sports Gallardo headlights.
However, a closer inspection reveals the true lights positioned lower, while the front bumper showcases massive air intakes with integrated hexagonal daytime running lights. Further visual trickery is evident at the rear, where the "taillights" seem to have been borrowed from the Aventador.
Yet, careful examination reveals cutouts in the stickers, exposing the actual taillights positioned alongside a single hexagonal exhaust featuring two circular tips. This contrasts with the Revuelto's dual-exhaust setup with four tips.
The rear diffuser, featuring prominent vertical fins, stands out boldly without a complete bumper, allowing us a glimpse of the substantial rear tires. Whether this represents the final design or if the prototype lacks certain rear components remains uncertain.
However, it would be remarkable if the production model retained this striking appearance.
Sleek Side Profile Enhancements
Examining the side profile, we observe generously sized air intakes ahead of the rear wheels and in the quarter panel.
As expected from a supercar, visibility appears to be somewhat compromised, especially since the Huracan's quarter glass seemingly gives way to a vent. Yet, considering the abundance of camouflage in that area, it is possible that the disguise is misleading our perception.
Overall, we anticipate the "entry-level" Lamborghini to inherit design cues from its larger sibling, the Revuelto, suggesting that the new model may not deviate drastically from the distinctive aesthetics of the current V10-powered Huracan.
Regarding powertrain details, the renowned 5.2-liter engine found in the current Huracan will make way for a hybrid system centered around a smaller gasoline engine. Although reports suggest a twin-turbocharged V8 configuration, no official confirmation has been provided.
Allegedly, the turbochargers will be programmed to engage at 7,000 rpm, granting the Huracan successor a naturally aspirated supercar feel below that threshold. Speculation circulates that the V8 engine will boast an impressive 10,000 rpm redline.
Lamborghini has already disclosed that the transverse dual-clutch, eight-speed automatic transmission from the Revuelto will be utilized in the forthcoming "lesser" model. While the V12 flagship incorporates three electric motors, it remains uncertain how many electric motors will be integrated into the smaller Huracan successor.
Additionally, it is unclear whether the vehicle will feature a charging port. However, sources suggest that the new model will feature Lamborghini's renowned all-wheel-drive system. Given that the Audi R8, which shares a platform with the Huracan, will be discontinued, Lamborghini is independently developing the successor.
The highly anticipated new model is expected to be unveiled in late 2024. In the meantime, Lamborghini has already confirmed that the remaining production run of the current mid-engined supercar has been sold out, effectively closing the order books for interested buyers.
With the Huracan's successor lurking on the horizon, car enthusiasts eagerly await the official reveal, anticipating an amalgamation of stunning design, electrifying performance, and the unmistakable Lamborghini experience.