We all know when the Lamborghini Aventador was first released in 2012 it took the world by storm, it became the ultimate pin-up poster hypercar. At a time when the world was going crazy about the environment, Lamborghini released their naturally-aspirated fire-breathing V12 paying homage to their legendary heritage and setting a benchmark standard for the definition of a hypercar. There have been several variations of the Aventador and over time it became a car that we all grew to love, that mighty V12 symphony the perfectly engineered suspension and the bodywork are what made it the famous car we all grew to love. I remember being about 18 at the time when the Aventador was unveiled and I instantly fell in love with it, and to this day it is still my ultimate dream car. As a result, the new flagship model has deep shoes to fill, so will the new Lamborghini Revuelto hold up to its predecessor’s success?
Straight off the bat, the performance is without flaw, a mighty 6.5 litre V12 hybrid engine producing an astonishing 1,001 bhp that is aided with an additional three electric motors. Two of the electric motors are positioned on the front axle with the third being integrated with the brand-new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. This is good, since the gearbox in the Aventador was absolutely diabolical and well useless this, on the other hand, makes the new flagship model rather more practical. The engine itself produces 814 bhp compared to the Aventador’s 700 meaning that the electric motors add an additional 187 bhp and incorporates regenerative braking. 0-62 mph takes about 2.5 seconds but I’m pretty certain that our favourite reviewer from Carwow Mr Matt Watson would be able to beat that, I would not be surprised if 2.4 or even 2.3 seconds is achieved. The top speed is the same as its older sibling, sitting comfortably at 217 mph.
Of course, as with any Lamborghini, the looks tell half of the story. The Revuelto is no exception either, the front takes inspiration from the superconductor Terzio Millennio concept and definitely brings the flagship model to the present and current generation. The striking curves and arches have a natural flow with there is no engine cover, instead, the beautiful and menacing V12 monster is on display flexing its powerful Italian horses. The rear however is straight out of Top Gun, it looks exactly like a fighter jet with two massive exhausts. I’m pretty certain if revved enough blue smoke would emit from the rear giving that afterburner effect.
The interior follows the Lamborghini tradition, a mixture of comfort, luxury and performance. Leather and Alcantara all around with hints of carbon and gorgeous stitching, much like modern times following the digital trend this too is no exception, a reasonably sized infotainment screen, digital instrument cluster and a digital screen for the passenger to see vehicle telematics. All in all, a very nice place to be in and sit inside.
To sum up, then, does the new flagship Revuelto fill the shoes set by its older sibling the Aventador? Well, that remains to be seen, on paper and in person, it has the potential to be something truly magical and special. It doesn’t seem to be just a reskinned Audi with a higher price tag, but a masterpiece that is to become a future classic. It has the Lamborghini pedigree, speed, power and performance. However, it does have a hint of practicality with a reliable and sophisticated gearbox, four-wheel-drive and a hybrid engine. Does this mean that the Revuelto has moved away from Lamborghini’s signature of being a difficult bull to tame or is something more practical that offers the Lamborghini experience to a wider audience?
Images from https://www.netcarshow.com/lamborghini/2024-revuelto/