Lamborghini Unveils the Invencible and Autentica: The Last of the V12 Engine Era
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 186
Lamborghini, the iconic Italian automaker, has stunned the world by presenting the Invencible and Autentica, two models that serve as the final tribute to the company's long-standing tradition of V12 engines. The duo marks the end of an era and the beginning of Lamborghini's transition into the hybrid age.
The Last of the V12 Engine Legends
The Invencible and Autentica are based on the long-lived Aventador platform, which made its debut 12 years ago with the LP 700-4 model. The new models embody the essence of Lamborghini's previous V12 engine models, including the Reventon and the Veneno, and pay homage to the Gallardo-based Sesto Elemento.
The cars also borrow design elements from the Essenza SCV12, a track-exclusive 6.5-liter engine monster that boasts 818 horsepower. “The V12 engine is one of the pillars of our history and our marque’s success,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO.
“As we head towards embracing a new era of hybridisation at the heart of our Cor Tauri strategy, this is the Lamborghini way of celebrating the naturally aspirated V12 with two one-off vehicles that perfectly represent our concept of excellence in personalisation”.
Carbon Bodies and Minimalist Interiors
The Invencible and Autentica are both fully carbon-bodied with a traditional hexagonal theme. The coupe is painted in Rosso Efesto, and the roadster in Grigio Titans. The minimalist interiors feature a dashboard without an infotainment system, with 3D-printed air vents adding a touch of futuristic elegance.
“We have created two one-off cars with their own unique character, inspired by track days and the high-octane circuit environment,” said Mitja Borkert, Automobili Lamborghini Head of Design. “They are designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile, exerting maximum creativity on the V12 platform.
These one-off designs draw on our unique design DNA while once again elevating our design heritage to a new level.“ Under the hood, the duo is powered by the most powerful version of Lamborghini's V12 engine ever installed.
The naturally aspirated engine produces 769 horsepower and 720 Nm of torque, and the power is transmitted to all four wheels through a seven-speed ISR gearbox. Performance details have not been released yet, but it is expected to be on par with the Ultimae, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 355 km/h.
The Future of Lamborghini
Lamborghini is set to begin its hybrid revolution in the near future, with the successor to the Aventador expected to arrive in the first quarter of this year. The new model will be powered by an all-new V12 engine with plug-in hybrid technology, while the Urus and the replacement for the Huracan will also receive partial electrification. The company plans to launch an electric Lamborghini in 2028.