The folks from Sant’Agata Bolognese have released a short clip called “Lamborghini V12: What will be next?” briefly going through some of the models that have been blessed with a mighty twelve-cylinder engine installed in multiple configurations. It all started in 1963 with the company’s very first production model, the 350 GT. We also get to see the gorgeous Miura, the radical Countach, the still-spectacular Diablo, and Lamborghini’s latest V12 raging bull: the Aventador.
Whatever Lamborghini is trying to tell us through this teaser, it likely has something to do with the V12 engine. We know an Aventador S is right around the corner with a bump in output, so maybe it’s related to the flagship model’s mid-cycle refresh. After all, the Aventador has been around since 2011, so an update is expected, especially since numerous camouflaged prototypes have been spotted already.
But what if it’s not the facelifted Aventador? What if it’s only a concept? The video seems to suggest something major is about to happen to the V12, and the Aventador S’ power hike doesn’t seem significant enough. Lamborghini might slap on an electric motor to create a hybrid powertrain in the same vein as the Asterion concept, albeit that had a V10 from the Huracan. Another possibility would be to add a turbocharger, but frankly that seems unlikely.
So, place your bets: hybrid, turbo, concept, Aventador S or something else? If I were to make a wager, the VW-owned marque will unveil a concept car with a hybridized V12 engine. We won’t have to wait too long to find out since the car will likely bow next month in Detroit at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. An online reveal could actually occur before the end of December as a nice Christmas gift to us all from Lamborghini.