Lamborghini and Bugatti believe classic internal combustion engines are more important than everDecember 10, 2020
Italian Lamborghini and French Bugatti firmly believe that the combustion engine should be on the market for as long as possible.
Although the Volkswagen Group is investing heavily in the electrification of its lineup, the group’s luxury brands are not so keen to stick to this trend. This makes sense when you consider that Italian Lamborghini only has V8, V10 and V12 petrol models, while Bugatti offers an exclusive W16 hypercar.
Lamborghini and Bugatti CEO Stefan Winkelmann spoke about the future of the two brands in a recent interview with Top Gear magazine. He expressed a desire to keep the internal combustion engine operational “as long as possible”, arguing that these two brands are small-scale manufacturers and therefore “bear less burden on the environment.” He went on to mention that Bugatti owners hardly ever drive their cars, and the Chiron’s average annual mileage of the hypercar is about 1,609 km.
He also separately noted that he does not see an electric supercar or hypercar in the foreseeable future, adding that it will not appear until the end of this decade.
He explains that “electric vehicle technology” is underdeveloped in terms of battery charging times and required performance levels. In addition, Winkelmann wants to make sure customers are ready to embrace the idea of an all-electric Lamborghini and Bugatti.
While Bugatti has yet to switch to an electric road, Lamborghini has taken its first step in that direction with the Sian FKP 37, an Aventador-based supercar that uses supercapacitor-based hybrid technology.
“Lamborghini is paying close attention to electrification,” Winkelmann said, without going into details. As for Bugatti, the company was ready to begin work on its all-new model, but the coronavirus has forced development to be postponed.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that Mazda has announced three new engines. The Japanese automaker has announced an all-new in-line six-cylinder engine. There are photos of the new engine that the next Mazda6 may receive, but the engine’s debut should only be expected in a few years.
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