The all-new twelve-cylinder with 6.5 liters displacement has an output of 700 hp and maximum torque of 690 Newton meters. The new powertrain will enter production early 2011 and will be powering the successor of the Murcielago supercar.
“This new power unit is not only the crowning glory of our product lineup, it is also part of our enormous investment in the future of the Lamborghini brand,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “With this new V12, we are heralding a technological leap that encompasses all areas of the company and our future model range. With a unique package of innovations, Lamborghini will redefine the future of the super sports car. This 700 hp engine, together with an all-new concept gearbox, will be at the heart of the Murciélago successor next year.”
The new power unit measures only 665 millimeters from top to bottom, including the intake system. Its width, including the exhaust manifold, is only 848 millimeters, while its length is a mere 784 millimeters. Its weight of 235 kilograms is also respectably low – each kilogram of engine weight corresponds to 3.0 HP maximum output.
In addition Lamborghini developed a new ISR transmission (ISR: Independent Shifting Rods) that will be mated with the new engine. This robotized gearbox combines extremely fast shift times, almost 50% less than dual-clutch transmission with the benefits of a manual transmission in terms of weight and compact dimensions – both always critical for super sports cars.
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