Perhaps the best part of the Lamborghini Huracán is that it’s still powered by a naturally aspirated V10 engine. Once plentiful, naturally aspirated engines have now become a rarity. Will the Huracán’s replacement keep to that idea? Sure, if Lamborghini gets its way.
Speaking with Lamborghini’s chief technical officer, Maurizio Reggiani, at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Car and Driver reported on the company’s intention to keep to naturally aspirated V10s because it believes they are what will make its cars stand out from the competition.
From the story:
Reggiani said he is determined to continue to offer naturally aspirated engines in the company’s supercars, in marked contrast to competitors’ increasing use of turbocharging, but he also said he sees no need to reduce cylinder count, even in the company’s less expensive supercar and even though the Urus SUV brings a turbocharged V-8 to the company’s stable.
“My question is, why do I need to do something different?” he asked. “If I trust in the naturally aspirated engine, why do I need to downgrade my powertrain to a V-8 or V-6? I am Lamborghini, I am the top of the pinnacle of the super sports car. I want to stay where I am.”
That doesn’t mean that some kind of hybrid system is out of the question, though. Of course, there will be environmental regulations to adhere to, but it seems like sound is a top priority for Reggiani. In his mind, the sound of a V10 is irreplaceable. A hybrid system wouldn’t mess with that too much.
There’s no word on what the Huracán’s replacement will be called or when we can expect to see it (knowing Lamborghini, it will probably be in, like, 2024). But hearing that the company really wants to keep the V10 is heartening. We need more V10s on the market.