I’m still not entirely convinced that a dual-clutch gearbox won’t ultimately end up in a Lamborghini flagship - instead of the admittedly trick single-clutch unit shown at the powertrain preview at Sant’Agata a couple of weeks ago.
But there is something reassuring about the fact that the engine that will slot into the Murcielago’s successor is still a normally aspirated V12.Read the full story on Lambo's lightweight future
The 6.5-litre capacity is the same as the outgoing motor, but every component has changed for the new motor, codenamed L539. It has more power and a higher rev limit. It has more torque, the peak of which is produced further down the rev range. It is lighter. It can sit lower in the car. And yes, it’s cleaner too.
Lambo boss Stephan Winkelmann says the essence of “super-sports cars” is a normally aspirated motor, so turbocharging is not really on the agenda, even as the firm tries to cut its average CO2 emissions by 35 per cent by 2015.