Here comes more of mouth-watering news from the house of Lamborghini. The Italian super-car maker has announced details on its new V12 powerplant which is expected to debut in the upcoming new beast speculated to be named Aventador, a supposedly Murcielago replacement. Now wasn’t that mouth-watering indeed?
Now speaking about the V12, this particular new engine is a naturally aspirated 6.5 liter V12, known internally as the L539, with a total output of 515 kW (700 PS) at 8,250 rpm and 690 Nm of torque available at an engine speed of 5,500 rpm.
Lamborghini developed the new V12 at its Sant’Agata Bolognese facility. It comes with a classic cylinder bank of 60 degrees and is compact, measuring 665 millimeters tall, 848 mm wide and 784 mm in length. It has a bore diameter of 95 mm and a cylinder stroke of 76.5 mm. The nitride-hardened crankshaft weighs just 24.6 kg while the engine weighs a total of 234 kg. The 6.5 liter V12 also comes with two mufflers in a single casing – one low-volume and the other high for that pitch-perfect Lambo sound.
A new 7-speed, single clutch gearbox with exceptionally quick shift times due to the ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) transmission for the beast has been developed to accompany the above-mentioned engine. Lamborghini claims almost 50 percent less than a standard dual-clutch gearbox. The independent shift rods work similar in concept to a dual-clutch – as one rod is disengaging the current gear, the second rod is already engaging the next one.
Weight reduction is a theme here too, as the new gearbox weighs in at just 70 kg. The transmission comes with three driver settings – Strada, Sport and Corsa mode – with Corsa mode made for high-performance driving that also includes a launch control function.
It looks like Lamborghini is taking the game to the next level by constantly being in news for all the good reasons. It must be remembered that we had reported on Lambo’s go ahead signal for the limited production run of the concept car Sesto Elemento. We also had reported on the last Lamborghini Murcielago produced in the Sant’Agata plant. Then we also had some say on the Lambo Jota in our blog as well. With good days like this it is tiring to be a true blue fan of the Lambo…