Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Sings A Song Of Fire And Ice

It’s broken the Nurburgring (and Hockenheim) lap record and impressed those who’ve driven it, but the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ can do pretty well on the slippery stuff, too.

The Lamborghini Winter Driving Academy is the perfect place to learn how to control the Italian brand’s supercars on snow or ice. Autocar was invited by the company to the Italian Alps to experience the magnificent Aventador SVJ on a purpose-built track. Mastering the weight transfer and balancing the steering and throttle of this brute isn’t easy, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to drift it from start to finish.

The winter adventure actually started behind the wheel of the LM002. The super SUV came out in 1986, long before Rolls-Royce, Bentley and the rest dared to dream about such a ride. To this day, it remains one very capable machine, and that’s understandable, given that it was initially designed as a military vehicle and uses the same engine as the Countach. Tipping the scales at 2.7 tons (5,952 lbs), it can accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in roughly 8 seconds. Sure, an Urus will smoke it, but then an Urus isn’t anywhere near as rugged as the Rambo Lambo.

Also See: Lamborghini’s LM002 Is Still One Of The Most Outrageous SUVs Ever Built

Lamborghini first ventured into the world of SUVs back in 1977, when they presented the Cheetah at the Geneva Motor Show. It was a prototype built by Mobility Technology International (MTI) in San Jose, California, which, in turn, was contracted by the U.S. military to come up with a proper off-roader.

MTI was accused by FMC of copying the design of the XR311 prototype, so it never materialized. And that’s probably a good thing, since the rear-mounted 190 horsepower Chrysler V8 engine that powered it, mated to a 3-speed automatic gearbox, ruined the handling and made it impossible to drive. AM General was eventually awarded with the contract and ended up with the Humvee, which is still in service almost four decades later.

This failed attempt cost Lamborghini so much money that they couldn’t honor BMW’s contract to develop the M1. But that’s enough history for one day. Now, let’s see that Aventador SVJ glide on ice and snow, and find out how the LM002 feels like in the 21st century as well.


  • Bash


LEVC Debuts Light Van Version Of Its Electrified London Taxi

The new commercial van comes with a range-extender petrol four that offers a 377-mile maximum range.

This Looks A Lot Like The New-Generation Renault Kangoo

The revamped Kangoo looks more modern, and very similar to the Z.E. Concept.

New Nissan e-NV200 Concept Previews The Ice Cream Van Of The Future

Nissan and Mackie’s of Scotland want to take ice cream vans to the 21st century.

2020 Kia Seltos Unveiled As The Company’s New Small SUV For Global Markets

The Kia Seltos will be made in India and Korea and will go on sale in Q2.

18-Year-Old Charged With DUI Smashes Lamborghini Gallardo Into Two Vehicles

The crash was so loud it made some mistake it for an explosion or something.

Maserati Quattroporte L’Ultimo Concept Is Italian Luxury At Its Finest

This futuristic Maserati Quattroporte render stays (mosty) true to the current model’s design language.

Lexus Safety System+ To Be Standard Equipment On All 2020 Models

The safety suite includes automatic high beam headlights, adaptive cruise control and a a pre-collision system.

Porsche North America Boss Says EVs Will Soon Become Commonplace

Porsche is confident it can easily out-sell its first year of production of the upcoming Taycan .

2020 MINI Electric Teased, Debuts July 9th

MINI is going electric, but the upcoming Cooper SE is only expected to have a range of approximately 114 miles.

Korean Brands Dominate Initial Quality Study, But Porsche’s 911 Comes Out On Top

Genesis had the highest initial quality and they were closely followed by Kia and Hyundai.