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Lambo's most powerful ever! Lamborghini reveals details for upcoming LB744 'hybrid super sports car'

The V12 in the LB744 is “the lightest and most powerful 12-cylinder engine ever made by Lamborghini”.

The next generation of supercars is getting an electric boost, but Lamborghini is resisting the pressure to kill the V12 for as long as it can.

Details of the next ‘hybrid super sports car’ to come from Sant’Agata Bolognese tell us that the Raging Bull has used hybridisation less to downsize and ‘green up’ the V12-powered sports cars we know, and more to amplify the performance potential of the successor to the Lamborghini Aventador.

A total output of at least 744kW will ensure the LB744 - no prizes for guessing where the codename comes from - is set to be the most powerful production Lamborghini ever built.

The 6.5-litre V12, the lightest the firm has ever produced, will be mounted in the mid-rear, as is tradition, though the transmission tunnel will instead house a lithium-ion battery to power the LB744’s electric motors, mounted two at the front and one at the rear, where the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission now found behind the engine.

The Lamborghini LB744 will make 725Nm of torque from the V12 engine, plus 350Nm from each of the front electric motors.

While power is up massively on the previous peak of the Lamborghini V12 model family - the Aventador Ultimae makes 574kW - Lamborghini says the efforts it has gone to with electrification has resulted in “reducing overall CO2 emissions by 30 per cent compared to the Aventador Ultimae”.

Said electrification is thanks to a small 3.8kWh lithium ion battery, which can be charged at a regular 7.0kW outlet in half an hour, or by the engine during driving.

While the LB744 has the ability to drive under electric-only power, we wouldn’t expect the supercar to be able to do so for any more than a few kilometres - the brand provides no figure.

More details, including what the car looks like and what it will be called, are expected to be forthcoming over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Chris Thompson
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