“The end of an era” might sound like something a marketing executive would say, but it describes the Aventador Ultimae perfectly. The statement is even truer for the very last example of production, limited to 350 coupés and 250 roadsters. The Sant’Agata Bolognese-only V12 supercar epilogue is auctioned off by the raging bull, with a 1:1 NFT (non-fungible token).
The winning bidder will also have the opportunity to see the future of Lamborghini with early access to virtual previews of upcoming models. Additionally, he or she will participate in a private tour of the company museum and chat with Steve Aoki and Krista Kim, but only in an online meeting. As for the car, it will be based on the coupe with a finish gradually changing from blue to black.
Lamborghini says it will indeed be the last V12 supercar with a non-hybrid powertrain. As you may recall, 15 customer cars sank when the freighter Felicity Ace sank, forcing the company to restart production. Only when these vehicles are completed will the final Ultimae be produced, making it truly the last of its kind.
Along with announcing the car’s auction, Lamborghini made another big reveal. We’ve known for some time that the Aventador’s successor would be a hybrid, and now the exotic Italian marque is adding that it will be of the PHEV variety. Yes, the twelve-cylinder engine is also confirmed, but in the future it will run with an electric motor.
The Lamborghini PHEV won’t be the company’s first electrified production car, as that role has been assigned to the 2019 Sian FKP 37 with supercapacitor technology. Going back in time, the 2014 Asterion was the company’s first plug-in hybrid effort, but the electrified Huracan-based concept with 910 horsepower didn’t get a road version.
The purely naturally aspirated engine will disappear after 2022, but not until the final ICE-only versions of the Huracan and Urus. The mid-engine “baby” supercar with a pure combustion V10 will be unveiled on April 12 while the Super SUV and its powerful twin-turbo V8 will arrive later this year. A top-level Huracan Sterrato is also planned, along with another Urus derivative.
After that, all future models will be equipped with some kind of electrification before an electric vehicle arrives around 2028.