The Lamborghini brand is one of the most iconic and admired names in automotive history. The exotic Italian marque is famous for building some of the most beautiful luxury supercars to ever go on sale. Today, the brand is owned by Audi and the Volkswagen Group. While it still manufacturers some of the world’s most sought-after supercars, the brand has diversified and broadened its production range, which has led to some remarkable sales figures.
In 2017, Lamborghini posted record sales figures of 3,815 vehicles sold across the globe. In 2018, that number increase by a dramatic 51% to 5,750 units sold. The secret to Lamborghini’s new found sales success was the arrival of the brand’s first non-supercar product: the Urus SUV. In 2018, a total of 1,761 Urus models were sold—which is hardly surprising given that it’s the world’s fastest SUV. Not only the world’s fastest SUV, but Lamborghini’s best-selling model too. That’s not to say that their “regular” supercar offerings didn’t perform well. The Huracán and Aventador sold remarkably well, with Huracán sales increasing by 5% from 2,642 to 2,780 units, and the Aventador enjoying a boost of 3% from 1,173 to 1,209 units in total.
And that leads us to 2019. If 2018 was a year for unprecedented Lamborghini sales, then 2019 can be described as nothing less than phenomenal. Despite a weakening Chinese market, Lamborghini’s sales figured skyrocketed by 43%. All in, Lamborghini sold a total of 8,205 vehicles worldwide in 2019. The secret to Lamborghini’s success was once again thanks to the Urus. In 2019, sales of the Lamborghini rose by 182%. That is not a typo. In total, 4,692 Urus models were sold in 2019. To put that in perspective with other Lamborghini sales, the SUV now accounts for 60% of all of Lamborghini’s sales.
Lamborghini is officially more of an SUV manufacturer than a supercar maker these days. But purists shouldn’t despair. Sales of their exotic roadsters were also noteworthy. The Aventador did see a minor fall in sales down to 1,104 units, but that’s still remarkably good for a vehicles that’s almost a decade old. As for the Huracán, sales also took a dip down to 2,139 units. It’s a slight decrease but it’s nothing to worry about—especially since the Huracán has now officially outsold the Gallardo. The Huracán has sold more than 14,022 units in five years, which is more than the Gallardo managed in ten.
The biggest market for Lamborghini in 2019 was the United States. Just under 2,500 vehicles were sold in the USA in 2019. Other important markets for the Italian supercar manufacturer include China, the United Kingdom, the Middle East region, and quite surprisingly, Italy. In fact, Lamborghini enjoyed a record high for domestic sales in 2019, selling 370 vehicles on their home turf.
Sales are up and better than ever, and even though some purists may feel like Lamborghini has sold out by marketing an SUV, the subsequent sales of that SUV has now given Lamborghini access to more money for supercar R&D than ever before. Even if you can’t bring yourself to love the Urus, see it as a means to an end. Armed with record sales figures and full coffers, the future of Lamborghini looks brighter than ever: but what can we expect from the 2021 Lamborghini line-up?
It’s too early for concrete facts, however, these are the models that we’re expecting to see, with a few rumors thrown in to keep things interesting. Here’s what the 2021 Lamborghini range could include!
What To Expect From The 2021 Lamborghini Line-Up
2021 Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD
We’re barely into 2020 and Lamborghini has already announced a new model. This is the 2021 Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD. As the name suggests, it’s a rear-wheel drive version of the celebrated Huracán platform. It’s not meant to be an improvement of the existing all-wheel drive model, but a continuation on a theme, for a driver who prefers a more instinctive driving experience.
Described as a “visceral driving machine,” the newest Huracán is designed for drivers who enjoy tearing up the track and cruising along public roads in equal measure. The differences between the 2021 Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD and the regular Huracán EVO aren’t immediately obvious, but we’ll cover them here.
The first thing to note is that the new Huracán EVO variant is smaller than the regular version, with maximum dimensions of 177.5 inches in length, 76.1 inches in width, and a low 45.87 inches in height. The body is crafted from thermoplastic resin, seated on top of an aluminum and carbon fiber chassis. All in, the new Huracán is a total of 73 lbs lighter than the older model.
There are differences in the bodywork to separate the two models apart. The RWD Huracán features a new front splitter, larger front air intakes, with vertical fins set inside of them. Out back, the new Huracán has a new gloss black bumper, and a completely brand new diffuser that can’t be found on any other Lamborghini car. The last major change is the color option; it’s a specially formulated color, called Giallo Belenus (or yellow, as we prefer to call it), only available on this model. The body is complimented with 19-inch Kari rims, and Pirelli P Zero tires.
On the inside, the 2021 Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD is the same as the standard Huracán EVO, with the only difference between them being a color option. Still, the interior is treated with Lamborghini’s advanced Dinamica Veicolo Integrata infotainment system, with an 8.4 inch touchscreen interface. It has Apple CarPlay compatibility and Siri-controlled voice recognition.
Lastly, there’s the engine. It’s the same naturally-aspirated 5.2 liter V10 mill that you’d find on the normal Huracán EVO, but the power now is diverted exclusively to the rear wheels. Maximum power is rated at 640 horsepower, with 442.5 lb-ft of peak torque, giving the new Huracán EVO the ability to launch from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, and hit a top speed of 201 mph. Three driving modes are installed as standard: Strada, Sport, and Corsa.
The traction system was tuned differently to accommodate for the new rear-wheel drive configuration. The P-TCS system applies torque controlled power to improve performance and keep things rolling properly, especially after an unexpected drift or a bit of wrong steering as we like to call it.
All in, these changes amount to an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 2.28kg/hp. But that kind of ratio doesn’t come cheap. The 2021 Lamborghini Huracán EVO RWD sells for a massive $208,571, with the first models expected to be shipped in mid.2020.
2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVR Track-Only Edition
While it won’t be part of the civilian-grade 2021 Lamborghini line-up, we’re expecting to see a rather feisty track-only Aventador model taking center stage sometime in 2021. Dubbed the Aventador SVR, early reports claim that this supercar produces a staggering 830 horsepower from its naturally-aspirated 6.5 liter V12 engine. That’s without any type of hybrid technology, or without any force feeding. If sources are to be believed, this will be a limited edition model with only 40 examples going into production.
This track-only Aventador is said to be the last-generation V12 machine that Lamborghini will produce before they switch to hybrid technology across the board. Since Lamborghini has insisted that their next generation of supercars will be plug-in hybrids, the Aventador SVR seems like a final hurrah for that glorious engine. It’s expected to be a race-modified powertrain with more performance that even capable race drivers would struggle to make the most of.
Ever since the release of the Diablo GTR in 1999, a track-only super car with a naturally-aspirated race-tuned 6.0 liter that could produce 590 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque, Lamborghini has been in the business of creating track-only limited-edition models for the wealthy elite. The upcoming Aventador SVR is a continuation of that illustrious heritage.
The most recent special edition model from Lamborghini was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2019. The Sian was another limited production vehicle, and it had actually sold out before it experienced its formal unveiling. The difference between the Sian and the upcoming Aventador is the fact that the Sian utilizes a hybrid power train. It features a powerful V12 engine and a 48-volt electrical system that charges a super capacitor and drives an electric motor. The result is a mammoth 818 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. The new Aventador is expected to top that.
And that’s about all there is to say about the upcoming final-edition of the Aventador. Sales are expected to begin (and end) in 2021, with the final vehicles being delivered later on in the year. If it happens, they’ll all be sold in a heartbeat. And quite rightly so. As a final hurrah for the Aventador, this is the perfect send off. The Adventador series will be replaced in 2022 with some form of hybrid V12 taking over. Some say the Aventador replacement will feature an electrically driven front axle, with power ratings in excess of 1,100 horsepower. But we will have to wait and see on that one.
2021 Lamborghini Urus Performante
The Lamborghini Urus is such a resounding success that there’s absolutely no chance of it being removed from the line-up in the near future. With sales surpassing all expectations, Lamborghini will be focusing on bringing that excellent Urus SUV to as many potential customers as possible. Unfortunately though, not everyone was a fan of the SUV addition to the once exclusively performance car-only line-up. Lamborghini may be working on a compromise that should interest both SUV supporters and supercar fans alike: a performance-spec Urus.
At the moment, this is all speculation. However, eagle-eyed car spotters have snapped pictures and shot video of what they think is a road version of Lamborghini’s recently unveiled Urus ST-X. The Urus ST-X is only for racing purposes, but if the rumors are to be believed, then a road-legal version might be well on the way. This is what the car spotters think they’ve snapped on the track, and while there’s no concrete information out there yet, we’re prepared to believe this rumor.
Two versions have been photographed. The first features a number of white Urus models getting a thorough workout on track. The only difference between these spy-shot models and the existing production Urus is a bit of white tape stuck on the front. That’s not much to go on, but that tape has to be there for a reason, right?
The second spy-shot Urus is a green model that has different styling than the standard model. The green Urus has similar bodywork to the Urus ST-X, with a lower fascia and a modified rear bumper. There’s no word on what kind of specs the beefed up Urus could get, but both the existing production Urus and race-spec Urus ST-X have the same engine. Both feature a 4.0 liter V8 mill that’s capable of producing 650 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of peak torque. The real difference between the two models is the weight difference. The ST-X is a whopping 1,212 lighter than the standard model thanks to the liberal use of carbon fiber and other lightweight construction materials.
A 2021 Lamborghini Urus with improved performance could very well be on the way. Unfortunately, there’s nothing known about it yet. We can only speculate that it would feature the same engine as mentioned above, but with a lighter weight than the standard model, and with tweaked suspension, improved aerodynamics, and perhaps a few extra special performance parts.
Does it make sense though? We think it does. Other luxury SUV manufacturers have marketed performance versions of their top SUV models. The Bentley Bentayga is a great example, with the boosted Bentayga Speed variant. Lamborghini could follow this route, and it would make sense since they’ve already done the R&D legwork in the Urus ST-X. Obviously, a production model wouldn’t have the same weight reduction, but it could have a similar direction. For now, we can only look at these spy shot photographs and videos and scratch our heads. If a new Urus is on the way, we wouldn’t expect to see it before 2021 anyway. We shall have to wait and see.
What Other Rumors Are There?
There are always rumors about these exclusive supercar manufacturers—however, there’s one rumor about the 2021 Lamborghini line-up that we would’ve laughed at 15 years ago, but now that Lamborghini has broadened its manufacturing horizons we’re not sure what to think. This is an older rumor from the UK-based Autocar website. The folks there seem to think that 2021 might bring us a four-door Lamborghini saloon. Laugh if you want, but a Lamborghini SUV seemed ridiculous, didn’t it?
Back in 2008, Lamborghini showed off a concept called the Lamborghini Estoque. Unlike Lambo’s usual two-seater, two-door, mid-engine performance car fare, the Estoque was a four-door sedan. The front-engine, all-wheel drive Estoque was imagined to be powered by a 5.2 liter V10 engine, with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, with all of the trimmings that you’d expect from a full-size luxury car. If it were to go into production, it was touted to have a selling price of $230,000. But it didn’t go into production. Instead, Lamborghini capitalized on the growing SUV market that had taken the world by storm.
The Urus was a huge success, if you hadn’t noticed, and now that Lamborghini has been bold enough to make the jump from sports cars to passenger cars, there may be room in the line-up for another model—especially if the brand wants further growth and wider appeal. If Lamborghini is looking for sustainable growth, then something like this could be an interesting avenue to explore.
Lamborghini could very well take advantage of Volkswagen’s vast portfolio of floor plans and architecture to make a profitable luxury sedan that could be the missing link in the evolutionary chain between the Huracán and Aventador supercars and the Urus SUV. It’s a very wild idea but Lamborghini took a bold roll of the dice with the Urus and is reaping the rewards as we speak. Could another passenger car be on the cards? Or is it just a concept that will never go into production?
Providing that a Lamborghini luxury sedan is built on top of Lamborghini’s illustrious super car heritage, features all the necessary Lambo attributes, and doesn’t cannibalize Urus sales, then it could be another master stroke from the Italian company. Or it could all just be fake news.