Fear not, Lamborghini fans. According to Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of the brand, the company's vehicles will remain naturally aspirated "for now." Winkelmann recently spoke with Autocar, and said that the Raging Bull will remain turbo-free for at least the remainder of the decade. That means we won't see a forced-induction Lamborghini until 2020 at the earliest. That means that it's crystal-clear that the next-generation Gallardo, set to debut in two years or so, will not show up with a turbocharged engine as its heart.

That's interesting news for a number of reasons. Whispers kicking around the web have suggested that the next Audi R8 will receive a smaller-displacement, forced-induction powerplant in the near future and that Lamborghini would share that lump. According to Winkelman, that's not the case. However, with fuel and emissions standards tightening by the moment, Lamborghini may be forced to abandon massive naturally aspirated engines whether it wants to or not.


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      Alterego
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm always offended when I hear an engine referred to as a "lump". Can't you be somewhat original and think of another, more respectful term?
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Remember a time when Supercar manufacturers had something called "balls"?
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      it's not like turbochargers are bad for supercars see: F40, MP4-12C, M600 et al.
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      It already doesn't meet fuel standards. The penalties are just rolled into the price.
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        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        Death by electrocution? Why don't you try it out and tell us how that goes? I am open to some electric cars in the future, but you make me want to go around torching EV cars and all of their fanboy mentalists. How can you be so confident that they are superior, when currently they are worse than gasoline and diesel cars in every objective (and many subjective) criteria? Right now they are a fad... the only reason that could change in the future is because government pressure will have automakers jumping on the bandwagon to look green. The truth is that hybridization and electrification are only short term solutions anyways, and that internal combustion engines do not require fossil fuels to survive, just a fluid that combusts appropriately. So even *IF* oil becomes prohibitively rare/expensive, there is no guarantee that ICE dies. So come up with something intelligent and relevant to say, and quit scouring for downvotes. Why aren't you on Autoblogreen instead?
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      maybe they should move to extremes instead of trying to move everything to the middle. I think Aston Martin is doing a good job at that, a tiny city car & monster cars. When you start to try making your monsters play by the rules then they are not monsters any more. At least if Lambo had a small electric city car, they could stay in business irregardless of their sinful beasts. Of course everybody would bitch about how it dilutes the brand, but I bet they could come up with a small electric something that was a compelling ride - maybe an EV Crossbow type thing.....
        Kris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        The rules doesn't apply for Lambo, they are part from VW Group. Aston on another hand are on their own, this is why they needed the Cygnet. Bottom line Lambo can afford to make big NA V12's as long as VW makes cars like UP!.
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kris
          oooooo, I thought something like that was up - same for Ferrari and the Fiat500 then I suppose..... I will gladly help Ferrari continue to produce nat asp Italias - by driving an Abarth 500
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Lamborghini is nothing without a monster block of power, turbos wouldn't make a Lamborghini. And that picture of model up there, they couldn't get a prettier one?
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        @KAG
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      Smiley
      • 2 Years Ago
      Leave the turbos to the aftermarket. One of the greatest things about Italian engines is their sound. Turbos only muffle it. A high reving built motor will sound MUCH better.
      Jason Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not have several engine options, maybe even hybrids and/or full electric as desireable as the top of the line? It could satisfy many more people with the myriad options. And it would help their brands co2 footprint thereby allowing some cars to stay the brutal NA beasts we all drool over.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Allen
        I don't think Lamborghini sells enough cars or has enough owners that drive them enough to worry about a carbon footprint.
          Jason Allen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          What I meant was that they need to satisfy CAFE rules but I guess they're under VW so the lambos can get whatever mileage that sells.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Allen
        Lamborghini is part of VW group. Considering only a tiny percent of VW's sales come from Lamborghini, there is no reason to spoil the sensation and Lamborghini heritage with eco-tinted engines. For every 10mpg Aventador sold is at least 1000 everyday commuter cars which can be turbo, hybrid, electric, who knows? And in terms of sportscars using alternate powertrains, leave that to Porsche and Audi. Big NA engines with many cylinders define Lamborghini. An electric Lamborghini would castrate that raging bull.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wished BMW had the same mentality. I know realistically, when meeting the numbers (both for performance and emissions), forced induction will almost always have the upper hand, but it'll always be NA motors that win me over.
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