Flamboyance in the supercar world is a speciality of cars that wear the badge of the Italian bull. The flagship car in the Lamborghini lineup has always featured a naturally-aspirated V12 engine but as the world keeps pushing towards electrification, the Italian sports car marquee has to evolve as well. The Aventador has been the company’s V12 series model since 2011 and is due to be replaced by something that will likely feature electrical assistance for more performance.
We’ve had the usual array of variants for the Aventador with the standard one, the S, the SV and the track-focused SVJ which offered more aero and increased performance. It also served as the base for a smattering of special edition models like the Centenario, Veneno and even the totally bonkers Essenza SCV12. For its final iteration, the swansong, we have this: the Aventador Ultimae.
The Ultimae combines the best of all the Aventadors to date in terms of performance and styling. Its exterior styling resembles the standard model the most, reinforcing the opinion that the original is still the best looking of the lot. The final Aventador has a more discrete aero package with an active rear wing and various SVJ-inspired details such as the front and rear bumper design, the aggressive chin spoiler and rear diffuser and the high mounted exhaust. The lack of contrasting black finishes for its many vents and intakes gives the Ultimae a different kind of menacing presence.
Lamborghini has managed to extract a few extra horsepowers from the 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 for a total of 780hp and 720Nm in the Aventador Ultimae. It’s a fitting farewell for the sonorous L539 powerplant that was developed specifically for the Aventador and replaced the Murcielago’s previous-gen Lamborghini V12. The Aventador’s replacement will debut an all-new V12 engine with electric assistance as a necessity to meet the new emission norms and offer more performance too.
The Ultimae features the latest version of Lambo’s vehicle dynamic control systems (managed by Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva) that distribute power across the permanent four-wheel-drive and it even has four-wheel-steering. The extensive use of carbon fibre allows for a minimum dry weight of just 1,550kgwhich makes it 25kg lighter than the Aventador S. As the most powerful Aventador ever, the Ultimae boasts a 0-100kph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 355kph.
The interior is nice too with the latest driver comforts that a Lamborghini supercar can offer. The Ultimae is being offered in both coupe and roadster versions, limited to 350 and 250 units respectively. Each can be heavily personalised inside and out to meet the customer’s vision.
Ever since the debut of the Sian with its hybrid, we knew the curtain was about to close on the mighty Aventador. We knew there would be a final edition (and maybe some extra-exorbitant limited editions too) to see the legend out. It’s good to see that Lamborghini did it right with the Ultimae. Maybe it’ll annoy some SVJ owners and perhaps not everyone is a fan of wing-deletes. But to me, this is the perfect way to remember the Aventador. Let us bid it adieu by calling this final edition by its full and proper name: the Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae.
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