• Aug 5, 2009
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Following closely in the footsteps of its rival from Maranello, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann has confirmed in an interview with German Automobilewoche magazine that the Italian purveyor of high-end supercars is working on a hybrid Gallardo. Not surprisingly, the electrically assisted Bull is expected to hit the market in 2015 – the same year as the upcoming fuel-saving Ferrari.

In contrast to the recently announced fully electric SLS Gullwing from Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini's eco-friendly efforts won't include replacing the traditional gasoline powerplant completely. Instead, Winkelmann suggests that a small electric motor would be used solely to get the car moving at low speeds, after which either the expected V10 or V12 engine would kick the fun into high gear.

Worry not, Lambo fans – there's no chance the company will lose focus on its high performance roots. In fact, the boys at Inside Line report that both the Gallardo and Murcièlago lines are destined to receive dedicated track-ready Balboni-style rear-wheel drive models to augment the automaker's already amazingly capable all-wheel drive supercars.



[Source: Popular Science]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Performance enthusiasts will accept the additional weight if it makes the car go faster. Otherwise not.

      0-30 performance is traction-limited with these cars, so electrical motors won't help initial acceleration... though I suppose getting these beasts rolling with electric motors will save a whole lot of clutch wear.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "next-gen models available with either AWD or RWD" Really no FWD? Was that sentence really necessary? Anyway I love Lamborghini and can't wait to see what they bring to the table. The LP560 is a beautiful work of art.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But they already had an article on LP550 so we already knew they were offering RWD again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "next-gen models available with either AWD or RWD" Really no FWD? Was that sentence really necessary?


        Yes, because new Lambos are exclusively AWD. Autoblog is trying to inform you that Lamborghini is changing its policy and will offer RWD cars, starting with the Balboni Gallardo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      all this says to me is that even Lamborghini is not immune to to this stupid hippie "green" movement.

      Don't get me wrong - a hybrid car can be a good thing for certain people, but when you let it go to your head there are problems. If I'm spending 175K dollars, i don't care about MPG, i don't care for the extra weight and i damn sure wouldn't care about the 'hybrid' badge.

      The main problem with hybrid cars is that people actually think they alone are going to save this planet. They might help a percent here or there, but in the grand scheme of things vs the money involved it's a wasted effort. It makes me sad Lamborghini has taken to this level
        • 5 Years Ago
        "this whole "green" movement is ridiculous. "

        X3!!!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        This probably has to do more with boosting Lambo's overall MPG numbers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I disagree. If you're spending $175,000 on personal transportation, it's *all* about the badge. Image is the entire basis of the big-bucks car market. Does a Bentley Continental GT cost twice as much as a BMW 650i because it's twice as good? No; it's because it's a Bentley. Does a Ferrari 599 accelerate 3x as fast or corner 3x as hard as a Corvette ZR1? No, but buyers pay $300,000 for one and $100,000 for the other because one is a Ferrari.

        In that sense, a hybrid Lamborghini makes perfect sense--it's catering to the monied fashion-conscious that keep its lights on (what, you thought it was enthusiasts?). Incidentally, this is nothing new for Lambo--they first "took it to this level" in 1986 with the LM002 SUV, aimed at the then-trendy 'roided Arnold wannabes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Jeff Johnson,

        Greentech isn't stupid. The Hippie movement died decades ago. And yes, you are dumb.

        "i damn sure wouldn't care about the 'hybrid' badge."

        -> The thing is, Jeff, is no one asked what YOU think of a Hybrid Lambo, you obviously don't fit into the buyer category. There's plenty of wealthy people that would love to buy a Hybrid Lambo, so stop the whining, the knee jerk 'anti-green' reaction and get a life.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nick, what if he is in the buyer category?

        You don't know.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dude "greentech" is the dumbest s#$t I've heard in a long time.
        Just a bunch of marketing hype
        • 5 Years Ago
        EXACTLY.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +2 this whole "green" movement is ridiculous.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with the fact that Hybrid Lambo's won't make a big dent at all in the "fight for saving the planet" It's an exclusive car that probably only gets driven on weekends, does it really need to be hybrid for practical purposes? I think not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A lot of you guys are missing some of the big potential of having electric motors aiding the V10/12's. Instant Torque. Electric motors are small, put out huge torque numbers that are available 100%, all the time. If implemented properly you can expect 60 times to drop a good amount and numerous rich folk to ..soil.. their pants.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't see 0-60 times dropping much. It seems like tires are the limiting factor right now. Maybe electric motors can assist when you want to accelerate from a non-zero speed, for instance, merging into a highway, or coming out of a corner on a race track.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Bye bye Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, hello Lamborghini Gallardo Superpesanterra.


      (Disclaimer: My Italian could be horribly wrong, I tried.) : )
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a great idea that Lamborghini is implementing. I like how customers now have the option for RWD or AWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Nick

      So I'm dumb for having a little common sense? What would you say if we slapped few electric motors on a big hummer, only improved the milage by .5MPGs? Everyone in their right minds would laugh.

      I'm not allowed to comment on what I think in the COMMENTS section of an article? I don't recall a change to the rules where people couldn't post their thoughts and reactions. Your reply and your thoughts reek of the typical smug minded hybrid camp. The 'I'm right and you are wrong, and that makes me better than you kind of thinking' is why hybrids take a lot of flak.

      Hybrids have a use, a small one, but a use. Finding their way into a $250,000 V12 exotic car is not one of them.

      PJ hit the nail on the head with the "Brands" argument - if it was all about the hybrid, the person that could get the expensive lambo would just go buy a prius, get triple the milage and keep $220,000 in their bank account.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Like hell it isn't potentially useful.

        If I can get Lamborghini performance with less trips to the gas station, then I'm all for it. Will I be saving the planet? Probably not - but halving the 4+ stops it would usually take to drive a Lambo from D.C. to New York would be pretty sweet as well. Even being able to CONSIDER an exotic car for a less interrupted, long-distance trip would be incredibly appealing. Someone else also commented on the fact that an electric motor would mean less wear on the clutch during low-speed/city driving; while the normal Lambo owner would obviously be able to just replace it, the less time the car is in the shop = the more time showing off/enjoying my sweet ride - which is another tick in a hybrid Lamborghini's favor. Assuming that Lamborghini invests in Tesla-quality Li-ons and motors (and tinker a bit with displacement-on-demand, perhaps), they have the potential to equal any hybrid at 40-50mph and below - which is basically my work commute speed. That's highly, highly appealing, even if it's not what your average supercar buyer is looking for.

        And to be fair, the one time Lamborghini jumped on a bandwagon, they were pretty successful; the LMP200 SUV was and still is a damned-good off-road vehicle. The Estoque, while still a concept, is also a pretty sexy response to Aston's Rapide, BMW's Concept CS, and Porsche's Vomit...I mean, Panamera.

        Sidenote: bad-ass hybrid Hummers are possible, albeit in a beefier form than you presented. Just sayin' ---> http://www.autobloggreen.com/2007/10/20/biodiesel-turbine-super-capacitor-series-hybrid-hummer-60/
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't take it too hard, Jeff. If you read Nick's recent comments you can clearly see that he drank the 'green' kool aid a long time ago and there's no hope for his type. Don't sweat it. As far as enthusiasts go, there'll always be more in the camp you're in.
        Write on, brother.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not like I care,
      I ain't got an extra 200k to buy a car.
      Let it be hybrid or on gas , who cares????
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ive lost alot of respect for Lambo going the hybrid route. Nobody wants this rubbish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if they are going to put in that twin turbo V-8 oil burner from audi in there? But whats the point of a hybrid super car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who here has posted own's a Lamborghini? 39 post and I bet none of you own one or even have friend that drives one daily. You complainers have no idea what you're talking about. The auto industry is changing with or without you. No amount of ant-green protesting is going to change it. You call it whatever name you want.

      It was Lamboghini that decided to make hybrid. The company, not a group of radicals taking over your beloved car company in which you probably could never afford to own. So quit your bitchin!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks these hybrid supercars are stupid and kinda pathetic?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are not alone...
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, except for the gasoline/rocket hybrids
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, you're not alone. I'd think that a Lambo owner would be kinda embarrased by a hybrid badge on his $200k ride. What the h#ll does a guy who drives a Lamborghini care about saving gas? How many miles a year are you really going to put on your Lamboghini? How much pollution is coming from the worlds super car owners? This is completely STUPID. Maybe we'll see NASCAR and funny car hybrids next.
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