The firm makes twice as many Huracáns as Aventadors in a typical year – sometimes three or four times as many – and it has long been opposed to ideas such as downsizing and turbocharging. This way, it can keep its enigmatic 10-cylinder lump and satisfy changing legislation.
However global emissions testing regimes change over the next few years, it’s likely that a good plug-in hybrid Huracán could cut the amount of CO2 emitted by its cars in half when you factor production volumes into your thinking.
Trouble is, working at a place like Lamborghini means you’re always going to be pushing powertrain technology to its limit. With electrification technology as it is, I suspect it would be almost impossible to package a high-voltage battery and electric drive motors large enough to enable a big gain in an emissions test into a car of the current Huracán’s type and size – without also making the combustion engine smaller. There’s very little free space in the Huracán and Lamborghini’s preference for four-wheel drive makes it a relatively heavy car as things stand.