Lamborghini's Aventador Successor Has 13 Drive Modes
Lamborghini on Tuesday revealed more details on its upcoming V-12 hybrid-powered Aventador successor, codenamed LB744, showing off the car's different drive modes and driving dynamics.
In addition to Lamborghini's signature three driving modes, Strada, Sport, and Corsa, the LB744 gets a new mode: Città, or City. As you can probably guess, this mode is for driving in urban centers with densely packed traffic at low speeds. It's also the LB744's zero-emissions mode, where the vehicle delivers just 180 hp through its three electric motors, with the 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V-12 switched off. Pop it into Strada, and the V-12 comes to life, with power capped at 873 hp. Sport turns things up a notch, to 894 hp. And Corsa puts the whole car in kill mode, with the full 1001 hp on tap.
In addition to the selectable drive modes, there are also three different hybrid modes to choose from in the LB744: Recharge, Hybrid, and Performance. Recharge, as the name states, uses the V-12 to recharge the car's tunnel-mounted 3.8-kWh battery pack. Hybrid mode blends the ICE and e-motors together, and Performance maximizes power delivery from the three electric motors for ultimate speed. You can mix and match these three drivetrain modes with the four drive modes for a total of 13 different driving experiences through knobs on the steering wheel, says Lamborghini.
New drive modes aren't the only things Lamborghini's revealed. The supercar company says the steering ratio on the LB744 has been reduced by 10 percent, while the roll bars have been stiffened front and rear (11 percent and 50 percent stiffer, respectively). Weight distribution is 44/56 front to rear, while four-wheel steering is standard. There are also specially developed Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires that are four percent wider than the Aventador Ultimate's.
The LB744 is the first Lamborghini to get torque vectoring, featured in the car's front axle thanks to its two electric motors. In addition to distributing torque through the e-motors, the system can also slow the inside wheel through turns using the car's brakes, but Lamborghini says the brakes only intervene when absolutely necessary. Speaking of brakes, the LB744 gets 10-piston calipers up front, with four-pistons in the rear.
Lamborghini plans to introduce the LB744 in full towards the end of the month. Stay tuned.
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