- The 2024 Lamborghini Revuelto keeps the 6.5-liter V-12, which now makes 814 horsepower.
- But it is now a hybrid and features assistance by three electric motors.
- It has a minimal EV-only range but promises huge performance.
We have already told you about both the hybridized V-12 powertrain and carbon-fiber structure of the replacement for the long-lived Lamborghini Aventador. But now we can show you the finished car and tell you its name. This is the 2024 Lamborghini Revuelto.
Yes, as with most famous Lamborghinis, there is a bull connection. The original Revuelto apparently fought in Spain in the 1880s. But the name’s direct translation from Spanish, “scrambled,” is also well-suited to this remixed Lamborghini. It features the apparent paradox of both an onboard battery pack for its innovative new plug-in-hybrid drivetrain but also the traditional presence of an almighty V-12 engine.
Powerful Plug-In Hybrid
The combination of the 814-hp 6.5-liter V-12 and a trio of electric motors will give a maximum combined peak of 1001 horsepower. There are two electric motors on the front axle, and these allow torque vectoring under both power and regenerative braking. A third motor is integrated into the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission which is now mounted behind the combustion engine. The 3.8-kWh battery pack mounted between the seats can only produce a peak current flow of 187 horsepower, but this can be moved between the three 147-hp electric motors as required. Unlike the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, the Revuelto can send power to both ends while working as an EV.
The battery can be recharged from a port inside the front luggage compartment, and the awkward location suggests it is only intended for infrequent use. More fun, although less green, will be the option to replenish it using the V-12 which turns the rear electric motor into a generator. Doing that takes just six minutes to top up the battery pack.
Looks Like a Lambo
The Revuelto’s design manages to be both familiar and different. Its proportions and stance are both trademark Lamborghini—low, wedgy, and with visual mass gathered to the back of the car. But there are also myriad new details, with the most striking being the hooded headlights set under a hood that now runs all the way to the front of the car. It’s a detail that Lamborghini’s head of design, Mitja Borkert, admits was inspired by the Panigale superbike made by Lamborghini’s sister brand, Ducati.
The front also features Y-shaped running lights previewed by the limited-run Lamborghini Sián from 2021, as well as a pair of spherical radar sensors giving a visual cue to the Revuelto’s dramatically increased level of technology. The side view is dominated by the huge air intakes behind the doors made more aggressive by blade-like details. Above these, what initially looks like solid bodywork is just a skin laid over massive air channels on each side. Borkert describes these buttresses as “aero wings” and nominates them as his favorite detail on the car.
The top of the Revuelto’s V-12 is visible through the rear engine cover, this being one of the core stipulations laid down by Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelman. The car’s back end is dominated by huge center-exit exhaust tailpipes beneath a moving wing element. We don’t have a final downforce figure for the car yet, but chief technical officer Rouven Mohr says the peak is greater than that generated by the Aventador SVJ when that car’s user-adjustable wings were in their low-drag configuration. Figure at least 650 pounds.
More Spacious Interior
Lamborghini says that the limited space of the Aventador’s tight-fitting cabin was one of the biggest complaints from buyers, especially American ones. The Revuelto is bigger, with more headroom and elbow space, with its cockpit also gaining several stowage areas (the Aventador lacked any) plus a pair of Porsche-style cupholders that deploy from in front of the passenger position. Rich people have stuff too.
The Revuelto’s cabin also gets three digital display screens. The driver has a 12.3-inch instrument pack, a portrait-orientated 8.4-inch touchscreen suspended beneath the “alien’s head” air vents in the center of the dashboard that serves as the primary user interface. There is also a new 9.1-inch letterbox display in front of the passenger, which can be configured to display different sets of scary numbers when the car is driven hard.
To our mild disappointment, the wiper and turn-signal controls have been moved to the face of the steering wheel. The Aventador was one of the last supercars to use stalks. This ergonomic purging is somewhat undone by the fact the Revuelto now has an Audi-sourced stalk for its active cruise control instead. Dial controls on the steering wheel manage the chassis and powertrain modes, as well as adjustable aerodynamic and ride height settings.
Impressive Performance Claims
The Revuelto has gained a new mode in addition to the regular Lamborghini settings of Strada, Sport and Corsa: Città, the EV-only setting intended for low-speed urban use. Electric-only range is going to be very limited, as Lamborghini says it will probably be just six miles under European testing protocol. We have also learned that the peak power available will alter according to driving mode. Città limits it to the 178 horsepower of the EV-only mode, Strada increases that to 873 horsepower, Sport raises it to 895 horsepower, and Corsa brings the full 1001 horsepower.
Although the Revuelto’s core carbon structure is claimed to be both lighter and stronger than that of the Aventador, and it loses the mass of its predecessor’s front differential and propshaft, hybridization has increased total weight. Lamborghini says that the central battery pack weighs 154 pounds and that the front motors add just 81.5 pounds of mass, with the new dual-clutch gearbox being 425 pounds including the weight of its integral electric motor. Total weight is claimed to be 3915 pounds based on the power-to-weight ratio Lamborghini is quoting, although we don’t know if that is with or without fluids.
Even with the increase in mass, and in its lowliest launch spec, the Revuelto will be both the most powerful Lamborghini road car to date and almost certainly the quickest. The company’s claim of a 2.5-second 60-mph time might not stand out in a segment where pretty much everything now runs below three. But the claim that it will be able to blast its way from rest to 124 mph in under 7.0 seconds is a genuine eye opener. It takes the Bugatti Chiron 6.5 seconds for the same benchmark.
Deliveries of the Revuelto will start later this year, and although we don’t have a finalized price yet, Lamborghini says the first two years of production are already fully ordered.
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Mike Duff has been writing about the auto industry for two decades and calls the UK home, although he normally lives life on the road. He loves old cars and adventure in unlikely places, with career highlights including driving to Chernobyl in a Lada.