This is one very loud hybrid car.
Lamborghini isn’t known for subtlety. The crypto bro’s ultimate dream supercar is as famous for its uncompromisingly bold looks as it is for its incredibly loud and powerful V12 engine. So how do you keep up with the times and turn the Lambo into a quiet little hybrid?
Well, you don’t. The Lamborghini Revuelto, the company’s first ever hybrid car, is just as loud, powerful, and mighty as you’d expect from the brand. But now, it gives you a choice to take it down a notch, if you so desire.
I got to see and touch the Revuelto, named after a famous Spanish fighting bull, at Lamborghini’s factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, located half an hour away from Bologna, Italy. From the outside, the factory is a seemingly endless set of massive white and gray containers in which the brand’s fabled performance monsters are made. Once inside the factory’s perimeter, I was greeted by possibly the most impressive parking lot in the world, littered with Lamborghinis of all sorts, ranging from fairly regular looking Huracáns, to highly customized Aventadors, and even some partially camouflaged models, which weren’t ready to be seen by members of the press just yet.
We weren’t there to lust over the multi-deca-million dollar assemblage of gas-powered monsters; we were invited to spend some time with the Revuelto, one of the most important cars in the company’s history.
Lamborghini doesn’t launch new cars very often. The original Aventador was launched in 2011; Huracán came in 2014, and the Urus SUV was unveiled in 2018. The Revuelto is the spiritual successor of the Aventador, as it is also powered by a V12, 6.5 litre engine. It is also a hybrid, which may sound like a perfectly normal thing to most people, but it’s a scary proposal for a Lamborghini fan.
Here’s why: The Lamborghini’s 12-cylinder engine is loud. Very loud. It roars and rumbles when you press it a little; it absolutely screams when you rev it up anywhere near its limit which, for the Revuelto, is an absolutely nutty 9,500rpm. While I didn’t get to drive the Revuelto, I saw it move a little on Lamborghini’s stage, and I heard it roar, and reader, I can attest that it’s still the good, old, extremely over-the-top sound you expect from a Lambo.
Does it make any sense to pair a 3.8kWh battery and three electric motors – two supplying traction to the front wheels, and a third available to supply power to the rear wheels if needed – with a loud, thirsty V12 gas engine? Probably not, but again, the Revuelto is not the type of car you buy because it’s the best choice for your daily commute and your IKEA trips.
The hybrid part of the Revuelto does make sense from a Lamborghini fan’s standpoint. It provides a little more power to the car, totalling a maximum output of 1,000 horsepower, and helping it reach a 100km/h speed in 2.5 seconds. It should improve traction and handling, too.
Editor’s note:: This is the first of a multi-part series. Come back for our impressions of the car’s interior, infotainment system, and Lamborghini’s new production process.