Speaking in an interview with the UK’s Autocar, Lamborghini CEO, Stefano Domenicali, said that the hypercar manufacturer will not abandon the V12 engine. He goes on to say that Lamborghinis won’t drive themselves autonomously, either.

Despite the industry move away from big, consumptive engines, Domenicali told Autocar that Lamborghini’s customers still want 12 cylinders.

“Our major customers and dealers around the world say: ‘Please do not touch the V12,’” Domenicali tells Autocar. “So we will continue to work in that direction.”

Domenicali adds, though, that electrification could someday come into the picture. “We cannot be disconnected to the world of the future,” he says. “As soon as the technology of electrification is relevant to our car […] we are flexible to shift in that direction.”

The Lamborghini CEO is no hurry, though, saying that “it is easy to run off following everyone else, like in football: all players run off following the ball. That is a mistake that we do not have to make.”

Domenicali further adds that automation is of little interest to the Italian automaker. “If you own a Lamborghini, you want to have the passion of driving it,” Domenicali told Autocar.

Despite that, he can see a way to use the technology to improve the experience of driving. “If you are on a race track, you could have a head-up display which shows you how to maximize your performance [around a corner], using the telemetry we have now.”

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