The 2023 Lamborghini V12 flagship test mule is spotted
The 2023 Lamborghini Aventador successor spy photo - Photo courtesy of Motor1.com
We actually published a photo and some renders of what we believe to be the upcoming Lamborghini Aventador successor a while ago already, and while that car was captured in a short YouTube video, it had a lot of grey covers over the actual bodywork, just one thing caught our eye: the high mounted quad-exhaust tips, and while many mentioned these could be for show only to put us on the wrong foot, some new spy shots that have surfaced today show a lot more of this upcoming V12 hybrid flagship from Sant’Agata.
No more grey covers on these new spy shots, just the usual camouflage wrap, and it seems Lamborghini did try to keep this new car out of sight, hence the photos look to have been taken with a long-focus lens, sometimes the car itself only covers a small portion of the photo, so these might actually be real spy shots that weren’t intended to be made … but we’ve found them anyway.
From the front and side angle photos, we start to recognize some really special treatment for the side air intake behind the doors, but do keep in mind we’re looking at a camouflaged test mule, so what is real, and what has been added to throw people like us off isn’t too sure, anyway, at first glance, it looks like the side air intake comes with horizontal slats in the large opening, something we’ve seen on the Lamborghini Centenario before, but these run over the rear wheel, similar to the Lamborghini Sián.
Also, the front bumper and headlights seem to be completely different from the outgoing Aventador, the bumper might remind us of the one used for the Aventador S, but it’s still very different, the same thing with the headlights, none of these photos really show how the new headlights might look, but it’s clear this will be an innovative design unlike any we’ve seen so far.
From most of these photos, it is also quite clear the roof might come as a ‘double-bubble’ design, but once again, that could just be added for looks and won’t be featured on the actual production car, still, I would like to see it as it reminds me of the roof on the Lamborghini Countach LPI800-4 limited edition, with the glass panel that can be switched between opaque and translucent at the touch of a button.
But the real difference is all about the engine, the engine cover treatment, and the entire rear fascia of this Lamborghini test mule, just take a look at the engine bay, it seems we’ll be getting a look at the brand new V12 hybrid engine as there doesn’t seem to be an engine cover, again, this could just be on this test car and we’ll be seeing a design appear once the car is unveiled, but for now it does look really impressing if I’m honest.
What I also noticed are the taillights, they really remind me of two earlier Lamborghini models, on one side the limited edition Lamborghini Veneno, and on the other side the first Lamborghini hybrid concept, the Asterion … both boasted these long Y-shaped LED lights at the rear, so will Lamborghini put these on the new flagship model next year?
Naturally, the big elephant in the room are those four tailpipes set between the taillights, high up on the rear of this new Lamborghini, are they the real deal or just for looks, that’s still unclear, even after examining these photos, but I for one would really like to see these on the actual Aventador successor, I love the look of this test mule, the rear looks really aggressive like this.
I do admit there is still an open space lower down on the rear diffuser that might house a set of exhaust pipes, but wouldn’t having them high up on the car look so much better? For now, there still isn’t any official information about the Aventador Successor available, other than the fact we’ll be seeing a brand new V12 engine with one or more electric motors added to her, making this the first production hybrid for Lamborghini.
There are no numbers yet, nor a release date, but chances are the Linea Aventador at Sant’Agata will come to a stop later this year, possibly before August 2022, after which the line will be closed off to visitors and be migrated into the production line for the new flagship model that will most likely be unveiled to the public in either late 2022 or early 2023.
I for one can’t wait to see more on this Lamborghini V12 hybrid, but if these spy shots are anything to go by, she has all the potential to become a stunning supercar made in Sant’Agata …