Chief technical Director of Lamborghini, Maurizio Reggiani, stated that Lamborghini is committed to the future of their iconic V-12 engine in an interview with Automobile Magazine.
It’s no secret: the car industry is shifting towards an electric future. Even supercar companies by the likes of Ferrari, Koenigsegg, and even Lamborghini are introducing new cars with hybrid powertrains—something that would be sacriligeous to even think of 20 years ago. Of course it’s better for the environment, but won’t anyone think of the car enthusiasts? How will they cope with the silent purr of an electric motor instead of a screaming V-12? Scary thoughts from an even scarier future, however Lamborghini is giving us hope.
Maurizio Reggiani, while talking with Rory Jurnecka of Automobile Magazine, discussed the future of Lamborghini’s legendary V-12, which has been synonymous with the brand since its inception. It was featured in the Miura, Countach, Diablo, Aventador, and other legends, and Reggiani recognizes that. He had this to say regarding the future of Lamborghini’s iconic engine:
"“We are convinced the top line of our products must stay with this [V-12]. We cannot delete our DNA and our statement inside this market.”"
Despite reports that Audi was pushing against investing in the development of a new V-12, it seems that Lamborghini is sticking with what has been the heart of their most famous models. It won’t be easy though, as emissions regulations that become stricter by the day will drive the cost of development up—and V-12’s aren’t exactly environmentally friendly to begin with.
Here’s the bigger question: could you imagine the car shown above without a V-12? Or any legendary model from the Raging Bull without one for that matter?