The time has come for
to turn the page and
say goodbye to its historic V12 engine
, but not without a final farewell: before fully embarking on the production of hybrid models, the Italian brand announced the launch of two one-off sports cars –one
, in English–, Invincible and Authentic, which put the finishing touch to an entire era marked by this naturally aspirated block as the only engine for its most important cars.
Conceived in the Lamborghini Centro Stile,
the Lamborghini Invencible and Autentica are a coupe and a roadster, respectively
They are based on the Aventador platform, which these days is also going through its end of the journey, although they also take elements from other models such as the Veneno –an extreme derivative of the latter–, the Reventón or superlight Sesto Elemento.
In this sense, the feeling of homage to the recent history of the V12 is in the air, although the brand is in charge of clarifying that nostalgia is not the only thing that mobilized them when thinking about these cars.
"We created two
with their own character, inspired by track days and the universe of the world's main circuits," explained
Design Director Mitja Borkert.
This can be seen, for example, in the carbon fiber monocoque that it borrows from the Aventador, but also in its bodywork, which adds technologies and design that Lamborghini applied to its competition models – the hood, for example, is that of the Essenza. SCV12–.
But the star is the engine, and
in both cases the V12 in question is a 6.5-liter longitudinally mounted at the rear
, which has
the honor of being the most powerful ever used by Lamborghini
in a road car: for both it delivers a power of 780 CV and 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm, associated with a seven-speed ISR automatic gearbox and a four-wheel drive system with Lamborghini Dynamic Steering technology.
The results of having such equipment are plain to see: both the Lamborghini Invincible and the Autentica
can reach a top speed of 355 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds
In terms of aesthetics, the Invincible roadster is finished on the outside in Rosso Efesto red, and the Autentica roadster in 'Grigio Titans' grey.
Inside, both are dominated by carbon fiber and clean, almost minimalist lines, the first with Rosso Alala leather upholstery and Nero Cosmus Alcantara and the second with the same material but in Nero Ade.
The V12, present from the first day
“The V12 engine is one of the pillars of our history and the success of our brand”, summarized the president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, Stephan Winkelmann.
And no wonder: since 1963 it has been the heart of its catalog of supercars –and even an SUV like the LM002–, thus becoming one of the jewels in the history of the Sant'Agata Bolognese house.
Designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, its debut was in none other than Lamborghini's first release, the 350 GT.
It aimed to be a “re-educated” racing engine to behave well on public roads: with a displacement of 3.5 liters, it delivered 270 CV, which was not negligible for the time.
In the 350 it began mounted at 60º in the front part, although, with its evolution, this also
changed: to propel the Lamborghini Miura
, for example, it turned 90º to a transversal orientation in the central sector, and from the
it moved on its axis another 90º towards a median rear longitudinal position.
So important were the technical concepts of this V12 that its second and last design, launched just in 2011 and for the
, was made from scratch and meant a step forward in terms of technology and reliability, yes, but strictly respecting the spirit of the original. .
The requirements in terms of efficiency and emissions, however, led the Italian house to announce its end after 60 years, at least as the only engine: the new stage will take Lamborghini towards the field of hybridization and the mix of gasoline engines with electric, whose first chapter is imminent and is expected in the course of this quarter.
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