Lamborghini Mule Spotted Testing Next-Gen Hybrid V12 Powertrain

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The supercar industry has changed a lot since the Lamborghini Aventador was launched back in 2011.

At the time of its launch, the mid-engined supercar driven by a 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine was one of the quickest and most powerful production cars on sale. In 2013, the industry forever changed with the launch of the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and Ferrari LaFerrari, making the Aventador seem somewhat underpowered. Since then, supercars like the McLaren 765LT and Ferrari 296 GTB have launched with more power and performance than Lamborghini’s flagship, forcing the brand to cook up something very special for its new flagship supercar.

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The Aventador’s successor will be unveiled next year as a 2024 model and as Lamborghini continues its development, an intriguing test mule was recently spotted near the carmaker’s factory.

On first impressions, you could be excused for thinking this was an Aventador and while it has the body of an Aventador, it is indeed the next big Lamborghini. For example, stickers on the rear quarter panels and engine cover confirm that the vehicle is electrified. It also appears to be equipped with six exhaust pipes but look a little closer and you will notice that the two large centrally-exiting pipes are fake and that the four positioned higher up on the decklid are the real deal. This fits in line with other prototypes that have featured a similar exhaust arrangement.

Then there is the engine cover, or lack thereof. Much like the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, it appears that Lamborghini has designed an open engine cover for the new supercar that allows you to see directly into the engine bay, expected to house a 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 supplemented by an electric motor.

It remains unclear how much power the new flagship Lamborghini will have. The Italian manufacturer could choose to chase after the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, meaning the new car would need roughly 1,000 hp, much more than the 760 hp of the flagship Aventador.

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