The Lamborghini Aventador is one of a dying breed of big displacement, big cylinder engines. But it’s not dead yet. Car and Driver reports that the V12 will return with the Aventador’s successor, albeit with the addition of an electric motor.

Loathers of electrification may be disappointed to hear that Lamborghini is joining the trend of adding motors to engines, but there is good news for purists. The V12 will continue to go unadorned by turbo or superchargers, according to the brand’s chief technical officer, Maurizio Reggiani.

"The V-12 has been part of the story of Lamborghini since the very beginning," Reggiani told C&D. "It has been present in every year of our history, which is why our strategy and our vision for the future is to continue to have a V-12 coupled with a hybrid motor.”

Reggiani went on to essentially tell C&D that turbochargers are for cheaters and that it becomes a question of building engines strong enough. He also complained about turbochargers acting as a muffler. He, therefore, believes that naturally aspirated engines are superior.

With the addition of an electric motor, meanwhile, Reggiani says that not only does it help you meet CO2 targets, but you can also “fill in the weaknesses of the naturally aspirated engine, especially where torque is weak.”

The Aventador follow-up may also use the electric motor similarly to how the Ferrari SF90 does it. By putting an electric motor at the front axle, automakers can have many of the benefits of an AWD without having to run a driveshaft to the front wheels—which leads to packaging advantages.

"If you have the possibility to use an electric front axle with torque vectoring left and right, you can do something truly exceptional in terms of helping the driver for traction and handling,” Reggiani told C&D. “It is like a collaboration between powertrain and chassis development, making a car that can stay exactly on a radius without any form of correction. This is like a dream for engineering.”

The Aventador successor is due next year and it may be the only 12-cylinder left in the Volkswagen Group, after Bentley give up on the W12.