This is the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. It’s a hardened, track-focused special edition of the Aventador SV, itself a hardened track-focused version of the ‘standard’ Aventador.
This is likely to be the Aventador’s swansong, so it’s obviously pretty special. The SV in the name stands for ‘superveloce’ – literally meaning ‘superfast’. The J, though, stands for ‘Jota’, which is actually a traditional Spanish dance done in triple time. Basically it’s a superfast, Spanish bull that’ll dance rings around its competitors in triple time.
And that’s not just PR bluster – the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ currently holds the production car record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, having completed the 20.6-km lap in 6:44.97 minutes.
So what do you get over above the stuff that the normal Aventador offers? Well, the naturally aspirated V12 engine has had a going over so that it now develops 770 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 720 Nm of torque. It’s been lightened, too, meaning it’ll do 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and reach a top of speed of 350 km/h.
But speed isn’t the SVJ’s main deal – it’s more of a handling-focused car than its siblings. As a result, it’s had significant aero modifications, which has improved downforce by 40% at both axles and the drag coefficient by 1%.
From the front the car is wider: a new front bumper with integrated side fins features a new air intake and highlights the inclusion of Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), Lamborghini’s patented active aerodynamics technologies.
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The disconnected front splitter continues the impression of a floating component, while providing a channel for airflow. A tri-dimensional air outlet on the hood directs airflow, and improves both drag and downforce. The upper body aerodynamic optimization has contributed 70% to the total downforce improvement in the SVJ over the SV.
At the rear of the car the position of the high-mounted naked exhaust resembles those found on extreme motorbikes, as well as saving weight due to its proximity to the engine: the exhaust system itself is also lighter. The Omega-shape rear bumper incorporates a massive new diffuser that contributes to downforce, while a new high-mounted rear wing is produced entirely in carbon-fibre with its integrated ALA system.
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ’s suspension has been reworked, too, providing higher mechanical and aerodynamic grip. Anti-roll bar stiffness has been improved by 50% compared to the Aventador SV, compensating against roll and improving aero efficiency. A higher damping force range, increased by 15% over the SV, and Lamborghini’s Magneto Rheological Suspension (LMS) has been recalibrated to improve body and wheel control with a focus on track performance.
Only 900 units of the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ will be built. And you can expect to pay in excess of AED 1.5 million. But admit it – you want one.