Lamborghini has unveiled its new limited-edition flagship model – the Aventador SVJ.

Revealed at a premiere during the Monterey Car Week in California, only 900 examples of the ultra-exclusive SVJ will be produced.

The hypercar is the most powerful V12-engined Lamborghini to date, with power output increased to 770bhp at 8,500rpm and 720Nm of torque at 6,750rpm.

It weighs just 1,525kg and is capable of 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds, 0-124mph in 8.6 seconds and a top speed of more than 217mph.

The letters SV mean Superveloce, which translates as “superfast” – fairly self-explanatory.

As for the letter J, that’s a bit more complicated. It stands for Jota – the Italian pronunciation of the letter “J” – which is a reference to Appendix J of the 1970s FIA International Sporting Code and highly appropriate for the SVJ, as it has already set the Nürburgring lap record for a production car, with a blistering time of 6:44.97 minutes.

It will cost from £291,667 in the UK, excluding tax, and deliveries will start in early 2019.

Stefano Domenicali, chairman and chief executive of Lamborghini, said: “The Aventador SVJ is an innovative car and represents the absolute pinnacle of our super-sports car product range.

“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.

“The Aventador SVJ takes another step into the future, shaping the potential for super-sports car development.”

Alongside the SVJ, Lamborghini also unveiled the Aventador SVJ 63 – another exclusive version of the car, celebrating the Italian manufacturer’s founding year of 1963. Only 63 examples of this unique configuration will be built. No price details have been released.

Tristan Shale-Hester


August 24, 2018

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