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.