The Lamborghini Aventador has been around for more than seven years now. The original LP700-4 coupe model was first shown off at the Geneva Motor Show all the way back in 2011. Since then Lamborghini has done their bit of keeping it updated by introducing new variants such the SV and the facelifted Aventador S. But sadly it is with a heavy heart we say that the Aventador’s reign will soon come to an end. The iconic Italian supercar is set to be replaced by a brand new V12 flagship that will employ hybrid technology, but that’s a completely different story. But before Lamborghini retires one of its best selling models, its clear Lamborghini wanted to give what most would argue is probably the most iconic Lamborghini of the modern age a proper send off. And what better way to do that then to make it the world’s fastest production car.
Yes, you read that right. It has been confirmed that the upcoming Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has set a lap record around the Nürburgring Nordschleife of 6 minutes and 44 seconds. Beating the previous production car lap record that was held for a short while by the Porsche 911 GT2RS. The SVJ beat out the GT2RS by nearly three whole seconds. It’s also faster than the Huracan Performante as well by over seven seconds. This comes as shocking news to pretty much everyone in the car community as Lamborghini barely built any hype around this feat. The Aventador has also long been criticized for its slow and clunky single-clutch semi-automatic gearbox that many believe holds the car back from reaching its true potential. But apparently, even that wasn’t enough to stop the SVJ from destroying the lap record at the Nordschleife.
Specifications for the SVJ are pretty scarce at the moment. We don’t even have an official release date as of now. But Lamborghini has said that the Aventador SVJ will employ the companies trademarked Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA) active aerodynamic system. This is the very system that first debut on the Huracan Performante, which allowed it to become the fastest production car at the Nordschleife back when it was released. While most of that system on the SVJ is hidden underneath a heavy layer of camo it shouldn’t be too long before Lamborghini spills the beans on its last hurrah of the iconic Aventador.
Rumours suggest the 6.5-litre V12 in the Aventador SVJ is expected to get a slight power bump over the Aventador S, so expect total output to be around the 760-780bhp mark. But it should be said Lamborghini has fallen way behind on the horsepower race as of late. Cars from Mclaren and Ferrari now eclipse Lamborghini in terms of power output, so who knows this might be the first Lamborghini with 800bhp. The Aventador SVJ will also feature a revised 4WD system with upgraded suspension, 40% more downforce and a new four-wheel steering system. It is expected to be unveiled within the next couple of months, and you can bet on the fact that all examples of the SVJ coupe have most probably already been spoken for.
And if you’ve been wondering all this time what the J in the SVJ named stands for; it’s “Jota”. The name carries some pretty significant historical value for the company. The Jota was a one-off incarnation of the Miura that was made to feel more like a race car than a road vehicle. But after this was destroyed in a fiery crash, a few “regular” Miuras were upgraded to Jota-like specs. Now that nameplate has returned on the Aventador as the Super Veloce Jota.