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Move to hybrid is set to bring new dynamic character, enabling torque vectoring and distinct power delivery

The successor to the Lamborghini Huracán will be revealed in the coming months as the final entrant into the Italian firm’s all-electrified model line-up, representing the most radical reinvention of its junior supercar since the Gallardo arrived in 2003. 

Due on sale by the end of 2024, Lamborghini’s next entry-level supercar will make the landmark switch from its trademark naturally aspirated V10 engine to a plug-in hybrid powertrain based around a new V8 that has been engineered in-house, rather than taken wholesale from sibling firm Audi.

Visually, the new car will be clearly related to the flagship V12 PHEV Revuelto supercar launched earlier this year. It will have a dramatic silhouette that adheres to head of design Mitja Borkert’s ‘spaceship’ ethos, as well as a raft of cues that have become Lamborghini hallmarks, including a gaping hexagonal exhaust, Y-shaped LED light designs and prominent air channels throughout the body to boost downforce. 

The basic principles of the ‘monofuselage’ carbonfibre monocoque introduced with the Revuelto are also expected to be carried over. However, the abundance of expensive composites used in the flagship supercar’s structure are unlikely to be shared by the junior model.

Instead, it’s set to use cheaper aluminium where possible without incurring a major penalty to rigidity, in line with its more entry-level billing. The rear subframe is already aluminium on the Revuelto, but the front end could follow suit on the junior supercar, for instance.

Lamborghini Huracan successor prototype driving – front quarter

This philosophy of reserving exotic materials for key structural elements would match that used for the Huracán and the closely related Audi R8. They featured a carbonfibre ‘backbone’ – the central tunnel and rear bulkhead – but used mostly aluminium elsewhere.

The platform will also be shortened to visually distinguish the new car from the Revuelto. For reference, the new flagship supercar is 4947mm long. That’s significantly longer than the run-out-edition Huracán Tecnica, which is 4567mm.

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The move to the monofuselage chassis also enables the electrification of the Huracán successor. 

It will be Lamborghini’s third PHEV, following the Revuelto and the revamped, 2024 edition of the Urus SUV, which will combine its V8 with a battery and an electric motor.

Lamborghini hasn’t yet said whether the junior supercar’s V8 is related to the Urus’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo arrangement. However, given the need to cultivate a highly distinct character and offer a markedly different driving experience, it’s likely that the Huracán successor’s petrol engine will be a highly bespoke proposition, irrespective of its fundamental specification.

Lamborghini Huracan successor prototype driving – side

Lamborghini called on Oxford-based specialist Yasa to supply its slimline axialflux electric motors for the Revuelto, in the interests of saving weight and boosting power efficiency, and this format could be reprised for the smaller supercar.

However, it remains to be seen whether the Huracán’s successor will also feature two motors on the front axle, plus a third integrated in the gearbox, as in the 1001bhp Revuelto.

It’s also unclear whether Lamborghini still plans to offer rear- and four-wheel-drive variants.

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The motors will be fed by a small, lightweight battery – possibly the same 3.8kWh pack used by the Revuelto – situated in the same central spine of the chassis and giving an electric-only range of fewer than 10 miles.

More important than the slight gains in homologated fuel economy and emissions will be the dynamic benefits of such a set-up. The Revuelto deploys its three motors to great effect: torque vectoring at the nose helps to neutralise the supercar’s handling, while the rear motor masks the effects of the highly strung V12 bogging down at low revs.

Lamborghini Huracan successor prototype driving – rear

The ability to ‘torque fill’ in this way has prompted speculation that the Huracán successor’s engine will be biased towards high revs. This would make it similar in character to the Revuelto’s naturally aspirated V12, which doesn’t deliver its full 814bhp until a screaming 9250rpm. 

Lamborghini will build the Huracán successor on the same production line as the Revuelto. It will be the first time that the brand has built both of its supercars in series, on the same line – facilitated, no doubt, by the sharing of major architectural and electrical components.

Charlie Martin

Charlie Martin Autocar
Title: Editorial Assistant, Autocar

As a reporter, Charlie plays a key role in setting the news agenda for the automotive industry. He joined Autocar in July 2022 after a nine-month stint as an apprentice with sister publication, What Car?. He's previously contributed to The Intercooler, and placed second in Hagerty’s 2019 Young Writer competition with a MG Metro 6R4 feature

He is the proud owner of a Fiat Panda 100HP, and hopes to one day add a lightweight sports car like a Caterham Seven or a Lotus Elise S1 to his collection.

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Peter Cavellini 3 January 2024

I've driven the Huracan and i have to it was, for what it is, one of the easiest cars of this type to drive,ok, the ceramic brakes were a bit squeaky but they said that isn't an issue when there up to temp(?) , on the whole if I had the cash to buy and run one I'd do it.

scrap 3 January 2024

"it’s likely that the Huracán successor’s petrol engine will be a highly bespoke proposition, irrespective of its fundamental specification."

I'm sorry, what now?

The Porsche V8 with modified internals for a higher rev limit is not a 'highly bespoke proposition' no matter what the PR says.


johnfaganwilliams 2 January 2024

Gllardo the only one to have appealled to me. Sharp styling, not too wide, wonderful engine. Drove a lot of them at Millbrook. Rear wheel drive the best by far - my old chum Valentino Balboni-developed with ceramic brakes the pick of the pack.

Since then each new "junior" has got fatter and more difficult to see out of. Mind the only way to reversa a Diablo was to sit on the sill.