566kW, 720Nm, 0-100 in 2.8 seconds, 0-200 in 8.6 seconds, 100-0 in 30 metres.
Lamborghini has finally revealed the Aventador SVJ at Monterey Car Week in California, ahead of global deliveries to commencing early next year.
Production is limited to 900 units globally, with a further 63 build slots allocated to the special ‘SVJ 63’ edition which commemorates the company’s founding in 1963 (pictured in white) featuring extra carbon-fibre bits and ’63’ decals.
As you would expect from a flagship super sports car, the Aventador SVJ is packing some serious numbers.
The naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 has been bumped to 566kW (770hp) and 720Nm, with the dry weight of 1525kg giving the SVJ a power-to-weight ratio of 1.98gk/hp. Lamborghini claims it’ll dash from 0-100 in 2.8 seconds, and 0-200 in 8.6 seconds.
Flat out the SVJ will do “more than 350km/h“, while stopping power is equally as ferocious, with braking from 100km/h to 0 taking a claimed 30 metres.
Compared to the previous Aventador SV, the SVJ adds 40 per cent extra downforce on both axles, while improving its coefficient of drag by one per cent.
Damping force has been increased by 15 per cent compared to the SV, and anti-roll bar stiffness has been improved by 50 per cent.
As anticipated, the Aventador SVJ debuts the latest iteration of Lamborghini’s active aerodynamics systems, dubbed Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva 2.0 (ALA 2.0).
To enhance the technology for the SVJ, the company has added new optimised air inlets and aero channel designs, improved inertial sensors, and has been recalibrated to account for lateral accelerations.
When ‘on’, ALA activates flaps in the front splitter and on the engine’s bonnet at the rear that steer air flow. These flaps are activated in less than 500 milliseconds to ensure the best aerodynamic setup in real-time, either to achieve high downforce or low drag.
The rear wing’s inner air channel is also split left and right, allowing for aero vectoring at high speeds, increasing traction and downforce on the inner wheel and “counteracting the load transfer in rolling conditions”.
Other modifications include a new titanium intake valve with a modified intake cylinder head duct for a higher flow coefficient, along with a new lightweight exhaust system that reduces back pressure and produces “the most emotive sound”.
Lamborghini has also recalibrated the seven-speed Independent Shifting Road (ISR) transmission to handle the SVJ’s increased power and torque outputs, along with the four-wheel steering and four-wheel drive systems to further maximise traction.
The steering system has been modified to “improve steering precision and natural feedback” too, and the specifically-developed Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres feature “higher vertical stiffness” to accommodate the added downforce, and the special tread design optimises performance both on the road and on the race track.
Inside, there’s added features like a new ALA display in the TFT instrument cluster, while the company’s navigation system with Apple CarPlay is available as a no-cost option.
Drivers can choose from three set driving modes: Strada, Sport and Corsa, while the additional Ego profile allows for a custom setup.
The cars on show at Pebble Beach feature swathes of Alcantara, leather and carbon-fibre throughout the cabin, though the company says interior specification is “virtually limitless” through the company’s Ad Personam customisation program.
“The Aventador SVJ is an innovative car and represents the absolute pinnacle of our super sports car product range,” said Stefano Domenicali, Lamborghini’s CEO.
“The challenge to Lamborghini designers and engineers was to improve the purest essence of the Lamborghini super sports car, drawing on every inspiration from a spaceship to a jet fighter: all the most exceptional examples of super-fast, super-athletic, aerodynamic superiority.”
Earlier this year the SVJ also claimed the production car lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany, setting a time of 6:44.97 minutes around the 20.6km circruit.
To put it into perspective, it was two whole seconds quicker than the manic Porsche 911 GT2 RS, the previous record holder around the Green Hell.
In terms of pricing, the Aventador SVJ will start at €349,116 ($554,713) in Europe excluding taxes, with deliveries to commence “at the beginning of 2019”.
Lamborghini’s local division has confirmed the Aventador SVJ will be available to the Australian and New Zealand markets, with the first delivery to arrive in “Autumn 2019“.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed for our market, so stay tuned for an update. Considering the current Aventador S starts at $789,425 before on-road costs, we’re expecting the SVJ to sit around the $900,000 mark, meaning it’ll cost well over $1 million on the road.
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