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CEO hints at 2015 launch date for first Lamborghini hybrid


2015 is, coincidentally, the date Ferrari has very tentatively offered as a reasonable time to expect its first hybrid model

2015 is, coincidentally, the date Ferrari has very tentatively offered as a reasonable time to expect its first hybrid model

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It wasn't long ago that supercar manufacturers were scoffing at the idea of introducing hybrid variants of their models, but with Porsche and even the usually traditionalist Ferrari hard at work on their own respective hybrid drivetrains, it wasn't going to be long before other supercar manufacturers cottoned on to the idea - including Lamborghini.

Speaking with Automobilwoche, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said that he could easily imagine Lamborghini models adopting a small electric motor in conjunction with gasoline power - in other words, a mild hybrid that should help the Lamborghini models of the future cut down on their fuel consumption in urban areas, but not rob them of too much performance when it comes time to let loose. The timetable for such a powertrain points to a possible 2015 debut for a mild hybrid Lamborghini, but as for a completely electric Lamborghini even Winkelmann acknowledges that building such a model is something the company is not too interested in at the moment.

2015 is, coincidentally, the date Ferrari has very tentatively offered as a reasonable time to expect one of its own hybrid models, giving both manufacturers a fairly well-matched schedule - even though Ferrari has already confirmed that hybrid prototypes of the 599 are undergoing testing at the moment.

Lamborghini's plan to offer hybrids in the future is part of a larger plan to reduce costs and emissions, and according to Winkelmann the company will be spending around €35 million ($50.3 million) over the next 5 years to bring emissions levels down. Lamborghini will also be hoping to cut costs in production in order to remain profitable - the first half of the year has already seen pre-tax profits drop by over 80% to €5.4 million ($7.8 million).

In other hybrid supercar news, a strange looking Porsche 911 prototype has been photographed recently with an odd bump in the bonnet featuring a lightning-bolt motif and a 'Batman' badge on the front--either a clever joke from the usually straight-faced Porsche engineers or a hint at what may actually lie under the sheet-metal.
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Comments (6)
  1. Why not do an all electric sports car like the Tesla Roadster? Hybrids are a waste of time and energy. Its just a stepping stone to an electric car. When will the car manufacturers realize this.....
     
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  2. I completely agree. Hybrids are a waste of time. Just go all electric for a particular model and keep others strictly gasoline. Don't try to combine the two.
     
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  3. Hybrids will be a dead technology by then. What are they thinking?

    This is where the money needs to go

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AUurBnLbJw

    I've said it before and apparently James May agrees but if it takes longer to refuel and travels less distance than a current gas powered car then that is clearly a step backwards.
     
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  4. Hey guys!
    Did you know that korea had a company like Lamborghini?
    It's 0-100(Km/h) is about 3.8 sec, and it's full speed is about 320km/h. First started in 2005, the car isn't even on sale right now. It is called the Oulim motors - Spirra
    visit
    http://www.spirra.co.kr/
     
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  5. Now all those rich celebs who wanna look green can give up their Priuses to drive this
     
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  6. I hope 2015 never comes.
     
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