We’ve known for some time that Lamborghini has been working on a new version of the Aventador. Among the things we didn’t know was what it would be called. But now we appear to have the answer.
Judging from this leaked image of the instrument display (shared via Instagram in the post below), the forthcoming super-Lambo will be called the Aventador SVJ.
Enthusiasts will likely know that the letters SV in Lambo parlance stand for Super Veloce. Italian for “super fast,” the designation has been applied to a proud line of hyper-focused Raging Bulls over the years. But the letter J carries its own cadre around Sant’Agata.
It was first adopted by the factory’s legendary Kiwi test driver Bob Wallace, who prepared a special version of the Miura for racing under the FIA’s Appendix J regulations. He gave it the name Jota – not from Italian, but (as with so many Lamborghini nameplates) from Spanish, denoting the pronunciation of the letter J. (That’s “hota,” with a hard H).
Though it never raced, Lamborghini subsequently produced (or converted) a handful of Miura SV models to SV/J specification, cementing the handle in Bolognese lore for all eternity. Decades later, it revived the Jota designation for a rare track-prepped version of the Diablo SE30.
The last time we saw the letter used as a suffix on a Lamborghini model name was actually with the Aventador J – a one-off speedster shown at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The SuperVeloce coupe and roadster followed in series production. But the factory hit the “reset” button with the launch of the Aventador S, packing almost as much power as the SV, and opening the door (upwards, of course) for a new hardcore model.
The forthcoming Aventador SVJ will likely follow the familiar formula of less weight and more power. Just how much power, we don’t know, but that 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 has proven itself capable of more than the 700 metric horsepower with which it was introduced on the Aventador in 2011. The current Aventador S packs 740 ps. The previous SV (like the Veneno), 750. And the Centenario, an even more potent 770. That’s 759 hp by American standards, and we’d wager the big twelve has further room to grow – under whatever designation it roars.
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