The oft-teased Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has finally been officially unveiled at the Monterey Car Week in California.
There is an army of titles already attached to the SVJ – which stands for Superveloce Jota – with is pretty impressive for a car that has just been revealed to the public.
It’s the fastest production car to conquer the Nurburgring, lapping the iconic 20.6km circuit in just 6min:44sec.97. And it’s the most powerful naturally aspirated production Lamborghini of all time.
And, as we’re discovering today for the very first time, it also looks very, very fast. But before we get to the design, let’s get down to the performance specifics.
The SVJ is home to the most powerful regular-production V12 Lamborghini has ever produced, good for a staggering 566kW and 720Nm and sending its power to all four wheels, albeit with a rear-axle bias. That’s enough to push this monstrous Aventador to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds, and to 200km/h in 8.6 seconds. It will also push on to a top speed somewhere north of 350km/h, and it will scream to a complete stop from 100km/h in just 30m.
But power is only half the Aventador story. The real secret to its immense speed actually lives within its slippery aerodynamics.
Lamborghini says the SVJ generates 40 per cent more downforce than the regular Aventador at each axle. A new front bumper, new air intake and Lamborghini’s Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA) – debuted on the Huracan Performante – gives the front end a wider, angrier look, and creates more grip or slip at pace.
The ALA system uses electronically controlled flaps on the front splitter and bonnet that react to the airflow, optimising downforce as required. And similar to the Ferrari 488 Pista, an open duct (in this case via a disconnected front splitter) creates a flow of air that over the bonnet that pushes the front tyres into the tarmac.
At the rear, the high-mounted exhaust is intended to mirror those on high-performance motorbikes, while the quick-release bonnet is sculpted from carbonfibre.
The Aventador SVJ is limited to 900 units worldwide, and while pricing in Australia is yet to be confirmed, it won’t be cheap. In the USA, for example, it will wear a US$517k sticker – US$100,000 more the regular Aventador S.