The Aventador has been the flagship model for Lamborghini since 2011 with its 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 and extraordinary supercar design. There have been multiple states of tune with various power outputs and technological advancements. The variations involve roadsters while the power outputs have varied as follows: 700HP, 740HP (S) and 750HP (SV); and every Aventador has 4WD. Now comes the final iteration, the last version of the production series – the 770HP Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
Lambo’s SVJ moniker stands for Super Veloce Jota and the ‘Jota’ bit relates to extreme track performance and harks back to the 1960s Miura P400 Jota. The Aventador SVJ is the fastest and most advanced production model in their current lineup and it has already bagged the most significant bragging right in the supercar world – the Nürburgring Nordschleife production car lap record (6m44.97s). Like the S, the SVJ also features four-wheel steering along with four-wheel-drive for more stability through high-speed corners. The slight power increase helps but it is the advanced active aerodynamic technology that makes the Aventador SVJ an absolute track monster. Lambo says it can do 0-100kph in 2.8 seconds and will exceed 350kph in a top-speed run. Not the fastest in a straight line then, but clearly built to be the fastest on a race track.
The new aero elements increase downforce by 40% on both axles and the drag coefficient is improved as well. A new, wider front bumper with integrated side fins and a new intake highlights the role of Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), Lambo’s patented active aero tech. The ALA first featured on the Huracan Performante and immediately made the car much much quicker on track. The system has been developed further since then and the SVJ features ALA 2.0 for improved inertial sensors that govern the electronics in real time with the active flaps being activated in less than half a second to make the car as aerodynamic as possible in every situation.
When ALA is off, the flaps are closed and that generates more downforce for faster cornering speeds. The rear flaps are also closed and the rear wing works like a traditional fixed wing to create more vertical downforce at the back for better stability through turns. Switch it on and the front flaps open, reducing air pressure on the front spoiler and direct air via an air channel along the underside of the car which reduces drag and increases acceleration and top speed. The flaps on the new engine cover open too in order to stall the effect of the rear wing for improved drag to go faster. The rear wing’s channel is split into right and left sides for aero vectoring, something that is way more awesome on the Zenvo TSR-S. What it means is that the ALA is switched on or off on either side of the rear wing to increase downforce on either side depending on the corner for the fastest cornering speeds. Race car tech on the road, now even better.
Most of the exterior has been redesigned for better aero and reducing weight which includes bigger intakes, more fins and vortex generators. While the last of those are featured mainly underneath the body, the new surface elements like the bumpers, the splitters, front hood, engine cover and rear diffuser make the SVJ stand apart from its siblings. Lambo says these make it 70% more aerodynamic than the SV. The new high-mounted naked exhaust may not look as cool as the usual trapezoidal Aventador exhaust, but it has been positioned as such to reduce weight by bringing it closer to the engine.
The ALA systems are as much about the hardware tweaks as the software upgrades that control them and Lamborghini’s boffins have been hard at work to extract every single pace advantage they can from the new Aventador SVJ. Apart from the active aero, a lot of improvements have been made to the car all round from the reworked suspension to the improved torque split for the 4WD setup. The RWS has been improved as part of improving the overall steering of the SVJ to provide feedback as demanded in high-speed racing environments for better precision.
This track toy wears new Pirelli P Zero Corso tyres made specifically for it while street-legal Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires can be mounted for track days. It still has a sat nav and infotainment that supports AppleCarPlay with Audi’s voice command tech as well so you could drive it to the track if you feel like your back can take the punishment. Or at least cruise around the high street to show off your net worth.
Lamborghini has limited the production of the Aventador SVJ to 900 units and deliveries are expected to begin at the start of 2019 with prices estimated at just over half a million American dollars.
If you want, Lamborghini has also unveiled the SVJ 63 special edition at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance car event. Can you guess how many of these will they make? Yep, 63. The number pays homage to the founding year of the company, ie, 1963 while the car offers a special configuration that uses even more carbon-fibre and the number 63 on display. No word on the price of that one though.
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