For a company known for its rather excessive display of style and horsepower, you’d think Lamborghini would have turbocharged something by now. But Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann is calling the shots, and is against the use of turbos.
In an interview with Autocar, Winkelmann stated that turbocharging is not in the cards for Lambo, at least in the immediate future.
For the time being it will not happen,” said Winkelmann. “For this decade, I don’t see it happening in the super sport car business – although I would also caution against saying it could never happen.”
Well, actually, it has happened. A few examples include the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C (3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 rated at 592 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque) and the Koenigsegg Agera R, which is powered by a truly insane 5.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 rated at 1150 hp and 885 lb-ft. But while those two supercars rely on forced-induction V-8s, the 2012 Aventador stays true to Lamborghini excess and is powered by a 6.5-liter, naturally-aspirated V-12 that packs an ample 691 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. It only needs 2.8 seconds to get from 0-60 mph, placing it in the same territory as the Bugatti Veyron. For now, we’ll agree that Lamborghini doesn’t need turbocharging, at least in order to produce some wild performance figures.
If and when it happens, forced induction will probably make its way into the next-gen Gallardo. According to sources at Audi, the second-generation R8, the Gallardo’s platform mate, will likely see a turbocharged engine option sometime before 2020. A turbo could also make its way into the rumored “everyday” model Lamborghini is considering to boost sales.