The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has finally premiered at the Monterey Car Week and yes, it’s everything we’d been hoping for.
As you’ll probably know by now, the Aventador SVJ is the most hardcore mid-engine Lamborghini ever and pushes the performance boundaries to heights previously unexplored by the Italian automaker. In fact, the car set a production car lap record at the Nurburgring during its development.
Under the skin, Lamborghini has fettled with the naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine so it now delivers 770 hp and 531 lb-ft (720 Nm) of torque. Consequently, the SVJ can rocket to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a blistering 2.8 seconds, 124 mph (200 km/h) in 8.6 seconds and continue through to a 216 mph (350 km/h) top speed. While that figure is no greater than the ‘regular’ Aventador, it is mighty impressive when you consider all the crazy wings and splitters jutting out of the supercar’s exterior.
Like the Aventador S, the SVJ employs Lamborghini’s rear-wheel steering system to improve manoeuvrability at low speeds and stability during high-speed cornering. Power is sent to the ground via the marque’s ISR seven-speed transmission and bespoke Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
Now for the most obvious point of difference between the SVJ and all other Aventadors to come before it; the exterior.
Lamborghini has outfitted the car with the second iteration of Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA). This advanced active aerodynamic system premiered on the Huracan Performante and has been further refined to help increase the car’s downforce by 40 per cent while also reducing drag by one percent.
At the front, the Aventador SVJ sports a pair of flaps which can be actived in less than 500 milliseconds. When the system is enabled and the flaps open up, the vehicle’s drag coefficient improves, helping to boost straight-line performance. At the rear, the flaps close when ALA is off. However, the real magic at the rear happens when ALA is on as a central tunnel funnels air through the rear wing and depending on the direction of a turn, either opens the right or left side flap of the wing, improving downforce on the side where it is needed most.
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ looks ready to bite your head off.
Beyond these active aero parts, numerous other changes adorn the vehicle’s exterior. For example, there’s an entirely new carbon fiber roof and rear decklid which hides most of the engine bay. Additionally, Lamborghini has employed a new splitter at the front, bespoke side skirts and installed a set of custom wheels. The SVJ makes the Aventador SV look ordinary.
At Pebble Beach, Lamborghini has unveiled the Aventador SVJ 63. This example pays homage to Lamborghini’s founding year of 1963 and will be limited to just 63 units. It incorporates a bespoke white and black paint scheme with gold accents and ’63’ stickers.
Production of the regular Lamborghini Aventador SVJ will be capped at 900 units with prices starting at $517,700 in the United States.