The Aventador's long-awaited successor has arrived in the 2024 Lamborghini Revuelto. And it's not just a new shell with old bones. The Revuelto houses an all-new V12 engine, three electric motors, and a dual-clutch transmission.
Its brand-new frame and aviation-inspired monofuselage are made of carbon fiber for rigidity and to keep its weight down, especially since it now carries a lithium-ion battery pack. With a total system output of 1,001 horsepower, it'll dash to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds and top out past 217 mph. With so much novelty onboard, it's clear that Lamborghini's internal combustion-powered days are far from over.
Carbon Fiber Bones
Visually, the Revuelto implements a new design language for Lamborghini, although we've seen subtle hints of the "Y" motif in current models like the Huracan Tecnica. However, this latest flagship goes further by incorporating it into its headlights, taillights, and wheels. Subtle hints of the brand's special edition models, like the Centenario and Sian, are also visible throughout the Revuelto's styling. It's not as if the Aventador was subtle, but the Revuelto represents a very aggressive take on the carmaker's iconic wedge shape, especially for a regular production model.
From the sharp creases on its carbon fiber hood to its angular side blades and enormous rear diffuser, the Revuelto is one of the most outrageous production Lamborghini we've seen in years. It also retains its active air intakes and rear wing. Depending on the drive mode, the latter changes its angle a height for either efficiency or performance. Lamborghini claims that these aero improvements make the Revuelto 61 percent more efficient while offering 66 percent greater downforce than an Aventador Ultimae.
Like the Aventador, the Revuelto's frame is made out of carbon fiber, except it now weighs 10 percent less and is 25 percent stiffer. Its front structure also employs the lightweight material, reducing weight by 20 percent compared to its predecessor's aluminum unit.
The Revuelto is a clear example of the Italian carmaker returning to its flamboyant styling roots, one of the reasons its Countach and Diablo models have become supercar icons. They haven't just given it such striking styling with only a few colors. Lamborghini now offers 400 standard options.
A Brand-New V12
The Revuelto's powertrain is easily the most complex Lamborghini has developed yet. It starts with a brand-new naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12, which is 37 lb (17 kg) lighter than the Aventador's and has been rotated 180 degrees. It's more powerful, too, producing 813 hp at 9,250 rpm and 535 pound-feet (725 Newton-meters) at 6,750 rpm without any electric assistance and redlines at 9,500 rpm.
However, this V12 isn't alone. The Revuelto features two axial flux electric motors, each developing up to 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) on its front axle, and a radial flux motor making up to 148 hp and 110 lb-ft (150 Nm) out back. Total system output is 1,001 hp. With its tri-motor all-wheel drive system, the Revuelto will dash to 62 mph (100 kph) in 2.5 seconds, 124 mph (200 kph) in under 7 seconds, and top out over 217 mph (350 kph).
Its rear motor sits on top of a brand-new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which Lamborghini claims isn't just faster than the Aventador's single-clutch unit, but the Huracan's snappy DCT as well. The Italian carmaker developed this new transversely-mounted gearbox in-house to reduce its size, ensuring it integrates well with the rear electric motor. There's no reverse gear either, as the two front motors take care of that task, helped along by the rear motor when needed. Its new transverse orientation also better accommodates the Revuelto's longitudinaly-mounted lithium-ion battery pack.
This new eight-speed box introduces "continuous downshifting," allowing you to drop multiple gears under braking while holding the left paddle. Since its radial flux motor is integrated with the new DCT, it also acts as the Revuelto's starter motor and generator, supplying power to the pair of front motors via the battery housed in its transmission tunnel. While this transmission debuts in the Revuelto, it'll also make its way to future electrified models.
Lamborghini calls the Revuelto a High-Performance Electrified Vehicle, referencing not only its electrified powertrain but the fact that it is a plug-in hybrid. It houses a 3.8 kWh battery pack and can be charged in as little as 30 minutes at up to 7 kW. This means that aside from just making the Revuelto more powerful, this configuration also allows it to drive under electric power alone. Power is capped at 180 hp in this mode, but it'll retain all-wheel drive thanks to its tri-motor setup.
Speaking of modes, the Revuelto has 13 of them, introducing Recharge, Hybrid, Performance, and Città alongside the well-known Strada, Sport, and Corsa, which alter how much power it develops but whether it burns through or charges its battery pack. In Strada mode, which always keeps the V12 running, it'll produce 874 hp. Sport mode bumps up to 894 hp, while the total 1,0010-hp output is only available in the top Corsa mode. On the other hand, Città focuses on city driving, relying primarily on purely electric driving but will kick on the V12 to charge it if there are no nearby charging stations.
The Revuelto counts on a new semi-active double-wishbone suspension and stiffer anti-roll bars, up 11 percent at the front and 50 percent at the rear over the Aventador Ultimae's. Its steering ratio is also reduced by 10 percent compared to the Ultimae. Like the Huracan, the Revuelto features rear-wheel steering.
Thanks to its new electric motors, the Revuelto now features a true torque vectoring system utilizing its motors rather than its brakes. The Italian carmaker claims this new system improves not only cornering agility but high-speed stability as well. A new set of carbon-ceramic brakes with 10-piston calipers and 16.14 in (410 mm) rotors upfront and four-piston rear calipers with 15.35 in (390 mm) rotors keep the Revuelto in check.
Like the Huracan STO and Tecnica, the Revuelto wears Bridgestone Potenza Sport and Race rubber. These are available in multiple fitments, including 265/35 ZRF20 up front, 345/30 ZRF21 in the rear, and 265/30 ZRF21 and 355/25 ZRF22, respectively.
A Roomier, Techier Cabin
Inside, the Revuelto features an all-new cabin with an updated 8.4-inch vertical infotainment system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 9.1-inch passenger display. However, the main focal point is its steering wheel, which is covered in buttons to handle a multitude of functions, ranging from its many drive modes to its cruise control, indicators, and wiper controls.
One significant benefit of the Revuelto's new architecture is that it's larger inside, offering 1 in (26 mm) more headroom and 3.3 in (84mm) more legroom than an Ultimae with enough space for a golf bag behind the front seats. Despite adding its electric motors, the Revuelto retains its front storage compartment.
Alongside Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, the Revuelto offers Amazon Alexa compatibility. Its latest software will also allow it to receive over-the-air updates when needed. There's also a new Unica app that'll allow owners to control their supercar from their smartphones.
Lamborghini has yet to announce pricing or availability. However, given that the order books are already open, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Revuelto on the road before the end of this year.
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