Winkelmann: First Lamborghini Hybrid On The Streets by 2015

August 4, 2009
Raging bulls, supermodels, ridiculous horsepower figures and outrageous styling - not your traditional recipe for hybrid success. But Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann is betting that his brand will be ripe for the transition to gasoline-electric power as early as 2015.

The news comes from a recent interview with the German-language Automobilewoche, during which Winkelmann said he could easily imagine a small electric motor joining the cacophony of 10- and 12-cylinder engines for which the brand is famous.

Rather than going totally green, however, such hybrids would be serve more as environmental mitigators - improving fuel efficiency in urban areas where emissions are worst, but getting out of the way when it's time to hit the track or back country.

Before you get all hot and bothered over the idea of having your supercar cake and eating it too, Winkelmann says Lamborghini isn't interested in following Audi or Mercedes-Benz's footsteps into the all-electric arena anytime soon. The hybrid stretch is enough, it seems.

As for which models might see the technology first? Expect the Gallardo to be the test bed before the tricky-to-integrate electronics attempt to despoil the masterful Murcielago.

[Automobilwoche (sub. req.) via Motor Authority]

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