Lamborghini’s test driver Andrea Caldarelli thrashed the supercar around Autodromo Piero Taruffi.
The new Lamborghini Revuelto looks and sounds like an absolute monster out on track, as is evident in a new video from the Raging Bull brand in which test driver Andrea Caldarelli thrashes it around Autodromo Piero Taruffi in Vallelunga.
The Revuelto is the latest in a long line of mid-engined V12 supercars but is the company’s first-ever vehicle to sport plug-in hybrid technology. As such, it’s the first step into the company’s inevitable electric future, which includes the futuristic Lanzador.
But while it has one eye on the future, it performs like a Lambo from the past, and that’s to say it’s fast, flashy, and has a deafening exhaust note. While we can’t read too much into the factory driver Andrea Caldarelli’s reaction – since he’s on Lambo’s payroll and this is a promo video from the automaker and not a private party – just listening to the Revuelto’s shrieking hybrid V12 is exciting enough.
The powerplant is a masterpiece of engineering. Even without electrical assistance, the 6.5-liter mill develops 814 horsepower, just shy of its 9,500 rpm redline, while torque is rated at 545 lb-ft. But thanks to the three electric motors, the Revuelto offers up an incredible 1,001 hp, resulting in astonishing speed.
But it’s a Lamborghini, so we know it will be fast. More importantly, what does it sound like? Based on the video above, the exhaust note is sublime and has what it takes to excite the inner child. Many feared that electrification would dull the Lambo’s signature sound, but that’s not the case.
We’ve heard the roaring twelve-cylinder before when the Revuelto was spotted testing at the Nurburgring. However, this is the first time Lamborghini has provided us with a raw and unfiltered listening experience: it’s the next best thing to driving it.
But it’s not just the engine that deserves a mention. Anyone can strap a powerful motor into a car and call it a day. The Revuelto is so fast and dynamic due to its incredible dynamics and technology.
An eight-speed DCT gearbox gives the driver greater control over the vehicle and enables lightning-quick shifts, essential for track driving. Active aerodynamics keep the car planted and secure while ten-piston front brakes quickly slow the Lamborghini down. The chassis is sophisticated, with a front structure fashioned entirely from carbon fiber. Small wonder the vehicle had a waiting list of two years before it was even revealed.
Caldarelli, the test driver seen in the video, notes, “The Revuelto is a truly extraordinary supercar which is capable of expressing uncommon power but also excellent drivability on the track.” We look forward to seeing if the Revuelto lives up to the hype once CarBuzz gets behind the wheel of Sant’Agata Bolognese’s latest creation.