New Aventador SVJ Will Be Lambo’s Last Non-Electrified V12 Supercar

The upcoming Aventador SVJ is not only the fastest production car around the Nurburgring, but it also marks the end of an era for Lamborghini, as it will reportedly be the company’s last V12-powered supercar without any form of electrification.

The news came straight from Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s R&D boss, who told Top Gear that “this is the last time the V12 will be on its own“. That’s right; next time you see a Lamborghini V12 model, it will be electrically assisted.

The naturally aspirated 6.5-liter unit in the Aventador SVJ will become the brand’s ultimate V12 engine, expected to feature 760hp (770PS), a screaming soundtrack and the occasional flame popping out of its dual exhaust pipes.

“The target for our engineers was to do better than the SV,” said Reggiani, “but for us to say better means to be the best.” That’s a pretty diplomatic way of saying the target for the SVJ was to beat Porsche’s 911 GT2 RS record.

With the kind help of Marco Mapelli, the Aventador SVJ completed a lap around the Nurburgring in 6 minutes, 44.97 seconds. This makes it 2.3 seconds faster than the previous record holder, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which posted a 6:47.3 lap time.

The most hardcore derivative of the Aventador features a reworked body that gained Lamborghini’s active aero agenda, as well as a re-engineered chassis to take full advantage of the added downforce. Lamborghini also said that the SVJ will feature a weight-to-power ratio of 1.98kg/hp, which is pretty extraordinary.

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  • Oliver Moore


  • Earl Scheib

    This looks to be where my interest in Lambo ends. Electric motors have leveled the playing field of performance somewhat (save for handling). Why pay a ton for a name anymore if new value upstarts can provide the same experience for a fraction of the price.

    • Oliver Moore

      There aren’t going to be many companies if at all selling V12 hybrids for cheap.

      • Merc1

        There aren’t going to be any doing that.


    • Dude

      Lambo is lamenting the tragic loss of your interest and they wish you good luck in finding a startup making V12 hybrids

  • Mr. EP9

    I know this day was coming and now it’s finally here. Safe bet to say the same will be true for the Huracan as well. The

  • d’Aforde

    It would be amazing if Lambo can make a V12 hybrid that runs on electric up to 45 miles per hour and lets you rip on the highway.

    • donald seymour

      That’s not bad considering that Ferrari did it in 6 miles, of course they never cared to list the electric miles.

  • fabri99

    I’m having mixed feelings here. On one side, it’s sad to think that this SVJ will be the very last naturally aspirated Lamborghini V12, but on the other I’m also excited to see what they come up with next.

  • An Existing Person

    The end of an era that will be missed. On the other hand, I’m looking forward to what Lamborghini could do with electrification.

  • Vassilis

    I’m reading some of the comments… Big deal guys. It will still be a V12 at heart, it will still sound like one and it’ll drive even better with the electric motor’s help. Just look at the LaFerrari.

  • Infinite1

    I thought Lamborghini said that they’ll keep petro engines for a while and won’t get into the electric motors any time soon. That was a lie

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