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Driving the 2024 Lamborghini Revuelto

In a time when a number of tremendous sportscars have already surrendered to electrical energy, the Aventador’s successor does use electrical energy however as a solution to postpone the retirement of the naturally aspirated V12 engine (and making it doable for thew Revuelto to start out the day “on slippers”, avoiding waking up the neighbours). 200 km/h in 7 seconds or 350 km/h (along with the 13 km electrical vary) are printed on its enterprise card. However they solely inform a small a part of the story.

Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini´s CEO, and his small crew of executives, are proud to know their prospects nicely (in lots of circumstances even personally, though with the – seemingly – new document of 10,000 automobiles registered in a yr that is changing into tougher). “The brand new Revuelto is a milestone within the historical past of Lamborghini and can change into an icon within the historical past of tremendous sports activities automobiles by redefining the bounds within the mixture of a brand new V12 engine with hybrid propulsion expertise, bridging the hole between the thrill our prospects aren’t prepared to surrender, and the crucial want to cut back emissions”. The promise appears to have resonated with prospects of the raging bull model, as “nearly 2.5 years of manufacturing of the Revuelto offered out even earlier than the primary driving impressions of the automobile have been revealed”, rejoices Federico Foschini, VP of gross sales and advertising of the Italian model. In different phrases, the annual manufacturing of some 1500 models (7 to eight automobiles per day) already discovered their house owners, which means newly prospects must settle for ready till mid-2026, even when they write a verify tomorrow.

That is, subsequently, the primary mannequin of Lamborghini’s future. Any longer all its automobiles can be partially or totally electrical: the arrival of the Urus PHEV in 2024 and the successor to the Huracan earlier than the tip of subsequent yr, additionally with a plug hybrid V8 powertrain, are confirmed. However you additionally discover the Revuelto is beginning a brand new period while you have a look at the cockpit, with contains a new infotainment technology inside a newly designed dashboard, with expertise from the Urus, but in addition from different VW Group fashions such because the Porsche Cayenne or the Audi A6, amongst others.

4 (engines) in 1

To face a rising competitors from electrical hyper sports activities automobiles with powers peaking all the best way as much as 2000 ps, Lamborghini engineers outlined a quantity for the Aventador’s successor most output: above 1000 ps, extra particularly 1015 ps (and 725 Nm) delivered by the mixture of the 2 energy sources (the naturally aspirated V12 engine and three electrical motors, one for every entrance wheel and a 3rd behind the engine, on the rear axle). And, with the assistance of the brand new 8-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission (changing the earlier 7-speed robotised handbook) and the four-wheel drive system, the facility to weight ratio of simply 1.75 kg/ps (the perfect ever in a road authorized Lamborghini), the Revuelto is able to sprinting to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds, blasting to 200 km/h in simply 7 seconds and at last stopping on the unintelligible mark of 350 km/h, at which level the 12 cylinders are near their most rotation velocity of 9500 rpm.

In different phrases, the quickest collection manufacturing Lamborghini ever… and in addition the one with the perfect dealing with, as Rouven Mohr, Lamborghini’s CTO (Chief Technical Officer) confirmed to me, on the finish of this check drive on the Vallelunga racetrack (within the outskirts of Rome): “on a lap in Nardo, with the identical tires, the Revuelto is 3 seconds quicker than an Aventador SVJ”.

With a monocoque and a number of other physique components (entrance and rear bonnet and roof) in carbon fibre (the scissor doorways are in aluminium to keep away from costly restore payments from damages whereas opening/closing), it’s as martial you’d count on in a Lamborghini tremendous sports activities automobile. On the entrance there are structural components in solid composite supplies, giving rise (along with the monocoque) to what Italian and German engineers (working for Lamborghini) name the “monofuselage” and which is impressed by the world of aeronautics. It’s stated to permit important beneficial properties when it comes to weight and torsional rigidity and, because of this, the Revuelto is 10 % lighter than the Aventador chassis and the entrance construction is 20 % lighter than that of its predecessor (made from aluminium).

On the identical time, torsional stiffness elevated by 25 %, reaching 40,000 Nm/diploma, with advantages within the automobile´s dynamics.
It’s troublesome to stay detached in entrance of this squat physique riddled with creases, very massive air intakes, LED headlights and a big brake gentle that subtly illuminates the rear of the imposing V12 (for the primary time fully uncovered) beneath braking, to create a scenic spectacle price being contemplated. The longitudinally mounted “mechanical coronary heart” (rotated 180 levels in relation to the place within the Aventador) is left seen, visually regarding the double hexagonal exhaust pipe suggestions positioned within the highest place ever on a Lamborghini (and above which reigns the wing with a geometrical profile), flanked by the optics with Y gentle signature.

And, in absolute respect for a practice that started with the primary Lamborghini with a V12 engine – the 1971 Countach – the well-known scissor-opening doorways additionally outline the Revuelto’s robust character.

Clear Progress Inside

Inside, the sports activities bucket seats are coated in leather-based (or Dinamica polyfibre) – Lamborghini is working to supply vegan leather-based “quickly” – and there’s a 12.3-inch instrument panel. Mitja Borkert, design director at Lamborghini, highlights the “really feel like a pilot” philosophy the Revuelto’s cockpit goals to create the place driver and passenger are built-in into the Y-shaped dashboard/centre console, replicating the sensations skilled aboard a jet fighter, however with an intuitive stability between digital and bodily controls.” As custom goes, there’s seen carbon fibre on the dashboard, door panels and air vents.

Within the centre of the console there’s a second 8.4-inch digital display screen for all the pieces associated to infotainment and, as within the Ferrari rival, for the primary time the passenger additionally has direct entry to an important data by his personal 9.4-inch show. And, in a method that’s as sensible as it’s enjoyable, data or functions will be transferred from the central show to both facet shows with the easy motion of two paired fingers, as on some smartphones. This being simply one of many advances ensuing from the quantum leap that was made when it comes to connectivity on this transition from the Aventador to the Revuelto.
The 4 small rotary controls mounted on the steering wheel spokes are used to pick out the driving modes (Cittá, Strada, Sport and Corsa), the battery modes (Recharge, Hybrid and – with Sport and Corsa – additionally Efficiency), the elevation of the automobile’s nostril (by 3 cm to keep away from contact between the entrance with the bottom) and the rear spoiler angle (it may be completed manually but in addition adjusts mechanically, relying on the chosen drive mode, flat for max velocity, elevated to assist with braking features and enhance downforce). “Which means the driving force has 13 completely different basic settings at his disposal relying on the driving situation and the kind of driving he needs to undertake”, concludes Mohr.

Most energy varies relying on the chosen drive mode: 180 ps in Cittá, 886 ps in Strada, 907 ps in Sport and a complete of 1015 ps in Corsa, when the battery program is in Efficiency; on this case it’ll evaporate all its “juice” after a couple of minutes (however at all times conserving a reserve to make sure that, even in electrical mode, there’s at all times 4×4 traction out there). In Recharge place, vitality recuperation will increase to revive the state of cost and in Hybrid mode the cost degree is saved (it may be helpful when getting into an city space, even when the vary is simply 13 km). On this regard, Matteo Ortenzi, director of the Revuelto product line-up, clarifies that “it will have been doable to make use of a bigger battery for 100 km vary however this is able to add a minimum of 100 kilos to the automobile´s general weight and the aim right here was to supply a brilliant sports activities automobile however with electrical energy to decrease emissions and enhance efficiency, to not make an bizarre plug-in hybrid.” Alternatively, it will be problematic to enlarge the battery an excessive amount of contemplating that it’s put in within the central longitudinal tunnel, the place the Aventador had the transmission shaft and gearbox, and the place there wasn’t a lot area left (though the automated transmission was moved to the rear of the engine, mounted transversely, making this solely the third “Lambo” in historical past with this structure: the opposite two being the 1966 Miura and the 2020 hyper-sports automobile Essenza SCV12 (completely for the observe and in a restricted 40 unit manufacturing).

Regardless that inside area is just not one among its fundamental attributes, the Revuelto affords an extra 2.6 cm in headroom (because of the domed form on the both facet of the roof) and an extra 8.4 cm in legroom (the wheelbase elevated by 8 cm). A golf bag now suits behind the seats, simply as two cabin suitcases match beneath the entrance bonnet.

A Enormous “Coronary heart”

Whereas the engine (which weighs 218 kilos, 17 lower than the Aventador’s) 6.5 litre, naturally aspirated V12, price 825 ps, thunders behind the 2 occupants’ heads with its credit firmly established by the sensational particular energy of 127 ps/litre), two 150 ps (110 kW) axial-flux electrical motors (every weighing 18.5 kilograms) hiss on the entrance axle whereas producing an extra 350 Nm of torque every. A 3rd electrical motor, with the identical output of the opposite two, was put in within the computerized transmission housing. The three electrical motors are dropped at life by a small 3.8 kWh battery that may be charged in half-hour by way of a 7.4 kW plug, by regenerative braking or straight by way of the V12 engine.

It’s simple to confess that the whole of 13 driving packages will impress even probably the most skilled drivers, however the reality is that the chances for utilizing the Revuelto are very quite a few, starting from simply 180 ps (electrical) within the metropolis to a most 1015 ps with the 4 energy sources giving all of it in Corsa mode. The mass distribution is 44:56, with a predominance in direction of the rear axle (solely marginally extra balanced than within the Aventador Ultimae, the place it was 53/47). Ceramic discs are commonplace tools.
Any correct tremendous sportscar must be pushed to the bottom and “slip by the air”. The brand new energetic rear wing is prime to the Revuelto’s dynamics, altering its place in response to the chosen drive mode or by the driving force’s personal handbook choice. When the concept is to drive solely electrically and promote effectivity, the flat place (low drag) ensures minimal resistance to the automobile’s movement, whereas the “excessive aerodynamic load” place produces the other impact, serving to to attach the automobile to the highway. With the contribution of the Revuelto’s optimized entrance design, Italian engineers converse of a rise in aerodynamic load by 33 % within the entrance and 74 % within the rear, in comparison with the Aventador Ultimae.

Lapping Vallelunga

The Vallelunga racetrack, 32 kilometres north of Rome, was chosen by Lamborghini for the primary media check drives of the Aventador, in 2011, and has now as soon as once more change into the stage for its successor’s baptism of fireside. However now with a number of solar and a dry observe, opposite to what had occurred again then. It’s a 4 km observe with 15 curves, a few of that are very quick, nearly straights simply asking for slight steering corrections, even on the loopy speeds that the Revuelto can attain: in my case, I used to be knowledgeable by the teacher driver (in entrance of me with one other Revuelto) that our prime velocity was 275 km/h after the lengthy straight that precedes flip 7 (Campognano). Good factor he instructed me as a result of I solely had eyes for the observe limits, apexes, right strains and the controls in entrance of me. It’s not that troublesome as probably the most related switches are positioned on the thick rimmed Alcantara coated steering wheel (from the gear shift paddles, to the 4 rotary buttons, as defined earlier than).

There have been 4 stints in whole, 4 laps every: the primary for launching, the following two have been heat to scorching laps and the final half lap used to chill down tires, brakes, engine and quicker battery recharging). That’s equal to a fast-driving distance barely beneath 50 kilometres, with the really useful breaks to “course of” the learnings and change impressions with the engineers and the pro-driver who noticed all of the motion from his rear mirror.

Having established this the quickest and strongest Lamborghini ever constructed, stating the Revuelto is unbelievably quick is just not actually breaking information. With an analogous size however being 6 cm narrower and three cm decrease than the Aventador, there was no method across the 160 kg weight improve even with the substitute of some aluminium chassis components with carbon fibre ones and using an digital inverter to provoke reverse gear (which means there no mechanical gear for this). The brand new 8-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission is heavier than the earlier 7-speed automated handbook and, small as it could be, the lithium-ion battery additionally carries weight and there are three electrical motors greater than within the Aventador (which had none).

What’s the draw back of the load improve, to 1772 kilos? None. Weight/energy ratio is extra beneficial (from 1.99 to 1.75 kg/ps), the automobile is rather more agile by corners because of rear axle steering (avoiding impacting dynamics because of the elevated 8 cm wheelbase) and, after all, consumption is significantly decrease. The figures can be homologated later however based mostly on Lamborghini’s goal to supply emissions some 35 % decrease than these of the Aventador, we’re an WLTP common of some 12.5 litres/100 km (and 288 g/km CO2). It’s not a low determine, however a lot decrease than earlier than.

The Huge False impression

Even when the concept of needing a mere 7 seconds to go from a standstill to 200 km/h is a disturbing as fascinating, the reality is that there are different outstanding attributes within the dynamic envelope of the Revuelto. Beginning with the sensational V12 stealing the present with the dramatic audio soundtrack, additionally because of the lack of any glass or plastic movie protecting it. But in addition, how simple and intuitive it simple for a driver with some expertise, however with no supernatural pro-driver expertise, to lap at an unbelievable quick tempo simply after just a few corners that are additionally very helpful to be taught the observe. The preliminary ballistic acceleration happens with the urgency of a non-existing turbo engine, replicated by the instantaneous torque delivered by the electrical motors, after which the fluid respiration of the naturally aspirated V12 (which at 9250 rpm remains to be loaded with stamina, because the injection minimize off solely comes at 9500) ensures that there’s life far past 6500 rpm (after which even the perfect turbo engines begin to fade away).

And the way does it deal with by corners? But once more, it’s seemingly that within the driver´s thoughts an enormous false impression could also be generated as he’s fooled into considering he´s acquired what it takes to be a racing driver. Brake energy, made doable by massive ceramic discs, is brutal, at all times with a really robust preliminary “chunk” and with no indicators of fading after lengthy and intense use, confirms the targets set by the CTO have been achieved, as Roven Mohr himself underlines on the finish of the drive session: “it’s a brand new braking philosophy, with a stronger deceleration to start with, in order that the driving force can then handle the velocity appropriate for every level on the observe”. The upper downforce (a 66 % improve in comparison with the Aventador) additionally helps to stay the Revuelto to the highway.

Then, the 4 energy sources “get alongside” in the absolute best method, delivering energy to the entrance and rear with no jerks or hesitations and apparently capable of serve precisely the facility every is ready to digest, with out choking. Equal to say, with no wheel slip so long as some standards and customary sense are used. The reason, as soon as once more coming from the person accountable for Lamborghini engineering, appears easy: “we restrict the intervention of the soundness management system to the utmost, avoiding selective wheel braking, which at all times makes driving much less fluid. And we find yourself producing torque vectoring electrically, barely growing the facility delivered to the interior wheel when getting into the nook and doing the identical to the outer wheel when exiting, to learn stability and dealing with.” Which means brake intervention is simply carried out in excessive conditions, if it turns into completely needed.
That is the primary tremendous sportscar in the marketplace with energetic torque vectoring and rear axle steering and this mix interprets in an beautiful mixture of precision, agility and fluidity. That is additionally doable because of the very small rear wheel rotating angle which avoids the feeling that the entrance and rear wheels are doing various things in a given second, referred to as the “forklift impact”). The rear wheels might flip 3 levels in parking manoeuvres (decreasing the turning diameter, necessary in city situations in a automobile which is nearly 5 meters lengthy) and solely 0.1 to 0.2 levels dynamically.

The Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires on matching rims (265/35 ZR20 within the entrance and 345/30 ZR21 within the rear) assist “the trigger” and the identical will be stated in regards to the a lot smoother, extra fluid and quicker dual-clutch gearbox in comparison with the virile (and even violent, in Corsa mode) handbook automated transmission from the Aventador, which lastly retired.

In the long run, all that was left to show was the Revuelto’s highway dealing with, however this was not the time (nonetheless pending homologation and the automobiles out there to date don´t even have road authorized license plates. Alternatively, using stiffer stabilizer bars might result in a extra uncomfortable trip, however the digital shock absorbers must be answerable for compensating and guaranteeing minimal rolling consolation, a minimum of within the extra compliant Cittá and Strada modes.

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