Lamborghini has announced that its inaugural electric vehicle (EV) will not attempt to replicate the driving dynamics of a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) model. Historically, Lamborghinis were renowned for their speed in a straight line, but perhaps not as renowned for their handling. However, as the brand embraces the era of electrification, its focus is shifting towards delivering an exceptional driving experience with remarkable cornering capabilities, which EVs can facilitate.
During the recent Monterey Car Week, Lamborghini introduced the electric Lanzador, a two-door, high-riding crossover slated for production in 2028 as the brand’s fourth model. Without a traditional combustion engine like the Revuelto, Huracan, and Urus, Lamborghini is exploring innovative ways to ensure an enjoyable driving experience. This includes integrating a torque vectoring system that drivers can dynamically adjust.
Rouven Mohr, Lamborghini’s chief technical officer, elaborated on the concept. He highlighted that electric torque vectoring and wheel speed control offer more agility due to the absence of the time delay inherent in combustion drivetrains. This immediacy allows drivers to manipulate the vehicle’s behavior swiftly and precisely.
Lamborghini plans to repurpose paddle shifters, typically associated with gear changes in ICE vehicles, to enable drivers to modify the torque vectoring at the rear axle in real-time. Mohr explained that during cornering, a simple paddle pull could shift torque distribution from the inner to the outer side, thus altering yaw distribution—an adjustment not feasible in traditional combustion cars.
Contrary to attempting to mimic ICE car dynamics in an EV, Lamborghini is focused on achieving a distinctive driving experience that sets its EVs apart. Mohr emphasized the pursuit of “the next step, differentiating the driving behavior.” This approach differentiates Lamborghini from endeavors like Hyundai’s simulation of an eight-speed transmission and exhaust sounds through speakers in the Ioniq 5 N.
Mohr detailed Lamborghini’s steering wheel philosophy, highlighting two layers of functionality. The steering wheel houses elements integral to the driving experience, including dials that impact the car’s setup. Paddles, on the other hand, offer functionalities to dynamically change the car’s behavior in various corners, enabling drivers to interact with the vehicle in unique ways.