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Lamborghini and Lotus unveil final gasoline-only supercars

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Lamborghini, which has constructed supercars with huge 12-cylinder engines for nearly 60 years, is certainly one of a number of supercar makers, together with Ferrari and McLaren, which can be creating plug-in hybrid sports activities automobiles or fully-electric fashions to fulfill more and more stringent carbon emission laws.
On Tuesday, Lotus, the British maker of extra inexpensive exotic-looking sports activities automobiles, additionally unveiled its final gasoline-powered automobile, the Emira. After this, all future Lotus fashions will likely be purely electrical, the corporate has stated. Lotus is owned by China’s Geely, which additionally owns Volvo, one other automaker with plans to go all-electric.

The brand new Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae is the newest of a collection of 12-cylinder Lamborghini supercars stretching all the best way again to the 1966 Miura, which is mostly thought to be the primary fashionable supercar. That was adopted by the Countach, which grew to become the prototypical Lamborghini supercar. Its wedge-shaped physique has been copied by each Lamborghini sports activities automobile since, together with the corporate’s flagship Aventador.

The Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae combines the final exterior styling of the Aventador S with the mechanical engineering of the extra excessive Aventador SVJ. This new mannequin has extra energy than both one, although. The Ultimae’s V12 engine produces as much as 769 horsepower, 10 greater than the SVJ and 39 greater than Aventador S.

Like different present Aventador fashions, the all-wheel-drive Ultimae has four-wheel steering, which permits it to show tighter corners and make smoother lane modifications in freeway driving. The entrance bumper has been redesigned to offer extra aerodynamic downforce on the automobile’s entrance wheels for higher dealing with. Solely 350 coupe and 250 convertible variations of the Ultimae will likely be constructed. Costs for the coupe model will begin at about $500,000 and for the convertible at slightly below $550,000.

Lamborghini’s different sports activities automobile mannequin, the V10-powered Huracán, will proceed as a gasoline-only mannequin till 2024, Lamborghini chief government Stephan Winkelmann stated.

The automobile that in the end replaces the Aventador will nonetheless have a V12 engine, Winkelman stated. However it will likely be assisted by electrical motors and batteries that may be plugged in to cost. Lamborghini has beforehand introduced that, by the tip of 2024, each Lamborghini mannequin will likely be a plug-in hybrid. These automobiles will mix highly effective batteries and electrical motors with an inner combustion engine to offer the facility, gentle weight and engine sound supercar consumers demand, Winkelmann stated.

Lamborghini will later supply a totally electrical four-seat automobile and, after that, Lamborghini’s substitute for the Urus SUV will even be totally electrical, he stated. The corporate has not stated when it’d supply a totally electrical two-seat sports activities automobiles.

Lotus’ totally electrical future

When Lotus’s final gasoline-powered mannequin, the Emira, enters manufacturing subsequent spring it will likely be powered by the identical Toyota V6 engine that has been utilized in different Lotus automobiles, just like the Exige and Evora.

The Lotus Emira is intended as a design showpiece for the brand. "It's one of those cars you will want to look back at when you walk away from it," managing director Matt Windle said.

Just a few months later it would even be produced with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine made by AMG, the efficiency division of Mercedes-Benz. The AMG engine, the primary for use in a Lotus automobile, will likely be supplied with a brand new twin-clutch automated transmission just like ones utilized in racing automobiles. Twin-clutch transmissions can present sooner shifts and a extra direct-feeing connection between the engine and the wheels than an peculiar automated transmission.

The engines will produce between 360- and 400-horsepower, however Lotus wouldn’t specify which engine is extra highly effective. Moreover the Toyota engine, and the guide and automated transmissions that may go together with it, the Emira is, in any other case, an all-new automobile, stated Matt Windle, managing director of Lotus Vehicles. Costs for the Emira will begin at £60,000 in Britain, together with taxes, an quantity equal to about $82,000.

Lotus’s subsequent automobile after this would be the Evlja, a 1,900-horsepower totally electrical supercar that may price $2 million. With its huge value and energy, the Evija is much exterior of Lotus’s regular market house. Lotus plans to comply with it, although, with extra inexpensive electrical sports activities automobiles and, for the primary time within the model’s historical past, sensible fashions like crossover SUVs.

Windle acknowledged that making electrical sports activities automobiles is a problem due to conflicting buyer necessities for each driving vary and excessive efficiency.

“The factor with sports activities automobiles is folks need them to go a good distance, however in addition they need them to go very quick, in a short time,” he stated.

Windle had beforehand left Lotus to work with Tesla to develop the Tesla Roadster, which was based mostly on a Lotus chassis. He rejoined the British automaker in 2017.

He is assured that folks will benefit from the efficiency electrical automobiles can supply as soon as they really feel the moment response from electrical motors.

“No one ever stated, ‘If it solely had an exhaust,” he stated.

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