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By Tim Barnes-Clay | May 3, 2023


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Like many supercar manufacturers, it’s understandable that Lamborghini hasn’t exactly been quick on the uptake towards an electrified vehicle.

All New Lamborghini Revuelto Preview

After all, the eventual all-electric supercar of the future will be missing something which has for decades been the centrepiece of every mega-expensive sports car: a raucous engine note.

But hybrid supercars are on the increase – Ferrari, in fact, now has four of them – and now its Italian rival has decided to join the party with the Revuelto.

This isn’t actually Lamborghini’s first hybrid, given it teased us with a concept car or two, plus there was the ultra-exclusive Sián, but this is the first one to be produced in more available numbers.

Hilariously, the word “revuelto" translates as "scrambled" in English – but apparently, the term in Spanish usually refers explicitly to scrambled eggs.

"Mixed up" is preferred as a more accurate equivalent. But, as the moniker suggests, it follows the Italian manufacturer's tradition of naming its cars after Spanish fighting bulls.

Revuelto was a famous bull that fought in Barcelona in the late 19th century.

In terms of more immediate history, though, it’s the successor to the outgoing Aventador.

On that note, Lambo traditionalists may not like the thought of having to plug in their new beast, but they’ll soon change their minds when they read the headlines.

First up, it’s still got a 6.5-litre V12. And second, it produces a staggering 1015PS.

Around 815PS comes from the engine alone – 35PS more than you got from the most powerful Aventador. And it's rotated 180 degrees compared with its predecessor’s lump to allow for a better fit to accommodate the hybrid components.

No fewer than three electric motors add further grunt, while the powerplant alone is 17kg lighter than in the Aventador.

An added benefit of the motors is that the car comes with four-wheel drive, with a motor driving each front wheel while the third propels the rear wheels.

They are fed by a tiny 3.8kWh battery, which brings the CO2 emissions down rather than providing any prolonged all-electric driving. However, you'll probably be able to do about six miles without using the engine.

But then, where’s the fun in that?

Lamborghini freely admits that it's tried to use the hybrid system to amplify the effect of the engine rather than dumb it down or even share its limelight.

The Revuelto's design is the familiar Lamborghini shape with an added dollop of insanity. Indeed, the chiselled form of the door surrounds is so exaggerated that you need to cross into a different postcode to reach the doors themselves.

The lights also take on a new look, with Y-shaped LEDs, which is part of Lamborghini's latest design signature. 

Lamborghini’s head of design, Mitja Borkert, told me that creating the character of a new Lamborghini is like writing a song. 

He explained: “Is the song rock ‘n’ roll or techno, for example? The design theme must be something unexpected and different. We cannot play ‘Marilyn Manson’ all the time, because then we shock, and shock and people get bored. All our cars play a different rhythm, but they’re all Lamborghini.

“The musical artists that survive a career of 40 years or more are the ones that keep their DNA, but they are constantly reinventing themselves,” added the German-born designer with a smile.

Meanwhile, there are thirteen driving modes to choose from, although it takes time to think of thirteen different driving situations requiring them.

Weight tends to be a killer for handling, and, in all honesty, all-wheel drive cars often don't add the nimbleness or agility that you might expect, either.

However, the chassis is made from carbon fibre, and the Revuelto’s diet has been so extensive that, despite adding three electric motors and a battery pack, it weighs just 2kg more than the final variant of the Aventador.

So, how’s the handling?

Well, according to Lamborghini, it’s much improved, offering a “significant step forward in terms of reactivity and responsiveness”. 

That said, hybrids rarely handle better than their all-petrol counterparts. But given it’s barely any heavier, the automaker may be on to something.

I am yet to drive it, so we’ll have to reserve judgement and take the engineers’ word for it now.

The first version of a new Lamborghini tends to come with some drawbacks, but never has the Italian marque been so convinced of debuting with an instant classic.

Inside, the aim has been to make the car feel as cockpit-like as possible, much like an aircraft.

But, if anything, it’s more spaceship than fighter jet inside the cabin, with a beautifully crafted dashboard which houses a portrait touchscreen.

There are two more screens, too, with digital instrument displays for both the driver and passenger, with the driver's side getting digital dials for the speedometer and rev counter. At the same time, the infotainment system can be controlled via Amazon Alexa.

The interior is simply stunning. The shapely angles, orange and black upholstery, the flat-bottomed steering wheel and the large paddle shifters demand you to take the Revuelto for a spin.

The cabin is also bigger than before, with increases in headroom and legroom. So, if you're tall and have found Lamborghinis a touch too small, this one may provide the solution.

The designers have worked to make the car as aerodynamically efficient as possible, with moving wings which automatically adjust their positions depending on which of the 13 driving modes you're in. However, you can change them yourself if you want.

A new front splitter also features in the design, creating vortices which dictate the airflow across the whole car, which has been carefully engineered with a level of precision Formula One teams would be proud of.

This should result in a top speed of around 220mph and a 0-62mph time of approximately 2.5 seconds.

Lamborghini claims this car is as capable on a track as it is to live with in everyday life. Mind you, supercars tend to be one or the other, but everything else about the Revuelto sounds very promising.

I look forward to getting behind the wheel of one when it goes into production in a few months.

The first Revueltos are due to hit the road before the end of this year.

A price is yet to be confirmed, but some reports claim it could be in the region of £450,000.

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