Future Lamborghinis are bound to remain just as appealing as they are today as the company’s CEO Stephan Winkelmann has disclosed plans to keep offering naturally aspirated engines in the foreseeable future. He described NA units as being the best possible solution in the super sports car segment as far as acceleration and sound is concerned. He went on to specify Lamborghini will continue using them until (and if) something better will be developed.
However, that doesn’t mean Lamborghini won’t embrace turbocharging as the production version of the Urus concept will likely get a twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter engine sourced from Audi, but probably further tweaked to be worthy of a Lamborghini. Stephan Winkelmann said there’s no chance of seeing a turbocharged engine in true mid-engined sports cars such as the Huracan and Aventador, but he did not exclude the possibility of seeing such an engine in the Urus SUV which has been confirmed for a market launch sometime in 2018.
Let’s not forget Lamborghini also built the fascinating Asterion concept back in 2014 with a plug-in hybrid arrangement that combined the company’s well-known V10 5.2-liter naturally aspirated engine with three electric motors and an AWD setup. This hardware arrangement granted the vehicle with a combined output of 910 bhp which was enough for a 0-100 kmph run in 3 seconds and a 320 kmph top speed.
The Asterion could actually be a taste of what’s to come taking into account Lamborghini like all other automakers will have to meet more stringent regulations regarding CO2 emissions and fuel consumption so one possible solution to make their cars greener is to adopt electrification. However, that won’t happen right away as the automaker from Sant’Agata Bolognese has previously announced a production version of the Asterion is not on the agenda, at least not for the near future.