Lamborghini Revuelto unveiled as Aventador replacement

    The new flagship comes with many unique and diverse firsts for Lamborghini like plug-in hybrid tech and ADAS.

    Published On Mar 29, 2023 05:15:00 PM

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    Thirteen years after unveiling the Aventador, Lamborghini has taken the wraps off its successor, the Revuelto. Like the Aventador, the Revuelto is also powered by a V12 and carries on with the brand's sharp and edgy design theme although it shares little else with its predecessor. The Reveulto is Lamborghini’s new flagship and “a halo product for Lamborghini for the next decade,” says Stephan Winkelmann Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. 

    Lamborghini Revuelto engine

    The highlight of the Revuelto is certainly its new naturally aspirated V12, which, in a first for the brand, is coupled with a plug-in hybrid system comprising three electric motors and a 3.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is housed within the central ‘transmission’ tunnel. This isn’t the first Lambo to have an electric motor mated to a V12 though, that would be the Sian.

    The new 6.5-litre L545 engine is the lightest and most powerful 12-cylinder made by Lamborghini and weighs just 218kg: 17kg less than the Aventador. Max power from the engine is 825hp at 9,250rpm, with a dizzyingly high 9,500rpm redline, while maximum torque is 725Nm at 6,750rpm.

    Combined power for the Revuelto stands at 1,015hp. An 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which will be used in future Lamborghini models, is mounted transversely and replaces the Aventador's archaic and clunky single-clutch unit which was a major weakness.

    There are three electric motors in total – two at the front and one above the gearbox. The two motors on the front axle power each wheel, while the third motor above the gearbox supplies power to the rear wheels depending on the selected driving mode and conditions. Lamborghini had explored developing in-wheel motors in the front but, according to the brand's chief technical officer Rouven Mohr, “the compromises far outweighed the advantages of having in-wheel motors.”

    The rear motor also doubles up as the starter motor and generator, and supplies energy to the front electric motors via the battery situated in the transmission tunnel.

    Thanks to the electrically boosted power output and weight saving from the carbon fibre (more on this later), the Revuelto has achieved the brand's best power-to-weight ratio of 573hp/tonne. Lamborghini claims a 0-100kph time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of over 350kph. The brand also promises “a significant step forward in terms of reactivity and responsiveness" thanks to torque vectoring and four-wheel drive.

    Lamborghini Revuelto platform, exterior design

    Another departure from the Aventador is the carbon-fibre fuselage and frame in addition to a lot of the bodywork. The front structure is also done in carbon fibre, which, along with weight reduction, also betters the Aventador's aluminium front frame in energy absorption. In fact, the Revuelto’s monofuselage is 10 percent lighter than the Aventador chassis and torsional stiffness has improved with a value of 40,000 Nm/deg, up 25 percent compared to the Aventador.

    Expectedly, the Revuelto carries on with the sharp, edgy and extravagant Lamborghini design DNA including the iconic Y-shaped elements that abound all over the car. At the front, the headlight and air intakes are set in massive Y-shaped enclosures, which also house Y-shaped light signatures. The same light signature is also used for the tail-lights, with a pair of high-mounted hexagonal-shaped exhaust ports sitting between them that expose the longitudinal engine.

    The rear air intakes for the engine and the massive wheels (20 inch in front, 21 inch at the rear), too, have Y-shaped design features. Behind the front wheel arches are fins that channel air along the sides and into massive air intakes that feature an arrow-head-like outline.

    Much of the design work has also gone towards aero efficiency and the Revuelto’s front aerodynamic load is up 33 percent, while the rear load is up 74 percent compared to the Aventador Ultimae.

    The company says that in a step towards sustainability, they have used water-based paints, while the interior features upholstery that combines leather with a new Corsa-Tex fabric in Dinamica microfibre – made of recycled polyester via a water-based production process.

    Lamborghini Revuelto interiors

    Scissor doors open to a completely new interior that's also influenced by the ‘Y’ design theme, which the brand says is intended to make the driver ‘feel like a pilot’. The cabin has a pronounced carbon-fibre centre profile, with air vents and an 8.4-inch vertical touchscreen. There’s also a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel display and a 9.1-inch passenger-side display, both of which can simultaneously show the same information.

    The Revuelto has a “swipe” function allowing occupants to move applications and information from the central display to the side displays, much like a smartphone. There’s also Amazon's Alexa on board along with what3words navigation. The three screens have also eliminated most of the physical buttons, although buttons on the steering wheel are used to activate the turn signals and launch control, among other functions.

    The steering wheel is inspired by the world of racing and the experience of the Essenza SCV12, and it has four knobs that can be used for selecting driving modes (13 of them, including electric 4WD) and the car’s lifting system and rear wing tilt. The rear wing position also changes according to the drive mode and speed.

    Lamborghini says they have also paid attention to space on the inside, and the Revuelto offers 26mm more headroom than the Aventador Ultimae and 84mm more legroom. There’s also additional space behind the seats to accommodate luggage the size of a golf bag as well as a compartment under the front hood which can hold two cabin bags.

    “Aventador customers complained of a cramped cabin and no place to keep basic things like your mobile phone. We have addressed these issues with the Revuelto, which has a large cabin – helped by the longer wheelbase – a big charging pad for a mobile phone. Headroom too has gone significantly,” says Mitja Borkert, Lamborghini’s head of design.

    Lamborghini Revuelto safety

    Hauling down the mighty Revuelto are the latest-generation Carbon Ceramic brakes with 10-piston front calipers against 410mmx38mm discs and 4-piston calipers and 390x32mm discs at the rear. Airbags are at the front and side, while knee airbags will also be offered in specific markets. Another first for the Sant'Agata Bolognese manufacturer is the use of ADAS. The Revuelto is assisted by a whole host of features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

    Lamborghini Revuelto India launch

    Winkelmann says the Reveulto is “sold out for two years”, but Lamborghini India has managed to secure a handful of allocations and the first delivery is expected to happen around November 2023. There's no word on the price yet, but after adding the customs duty and local taxes, the price in India is likely to go up by another digit. Yes, the Reveulto is estimated to cost beyond Rs 10 crore on road, making it by far the most expensive Lamborghini ever. 

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