The successor to the Lamborghini Aventador will break a lot of new ground with V12 plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

The overall wedge shape hasn’t been dramatically altered, though. There’s a short stubby nose, and a steeply raked glasshouse flowing into a long-ish rear deck.

As before, Lamborghini’s range-topping sports car will have a naturally-aspirated V12 engine. Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini’s CEO, claimed in July 2021 this mill will have a completely new design.

To help the company meet Europe’s ever-tightening emissions rules, as well as improve performance still further, the Aventador-replacement will have a plug-in hybrid drivetrain as standard.

The supercapacitor setup used in the Sian has been deemed a “bridge technology” that’s unable to meet the EU’s mandates.

While we know a little bit about the new car’s underpinnings, it’s hard to get a handle on the vehicle’s styling.

This prototype features not only a swirly camouflage, but also detachable covers at both front and rear, so it’s hard to make out many of the car’s styling details.

There are new doors with a prominent crease that links a vent behind the front wheel arch to a side intake feeding air into the V12 engine. Large drilled brakes with yellow calipers have been fitted to this prototype.

Cut outs in the grey cover indicate there will be intakes close to the car’s C-pillar.

The wing mirrors seem to be even pointier than before, but the height of the stilts they live on look to be shorter than at present.

At the rear the prototype features four high-mounted exhaust tips. From the back we can also see the car’s exceptionally wide rear tyres.

The Aventador’s replacement is expected to debut in time to go on sale globally in 2023.

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