Lamborghini's Aventador SVJ has been flogging the Nürburgring Nordschleife of late clad in gray and orange camo, and now English dealership H.R. Owens has leaked official images of the SVJ's actual exterior. SVJ stands for Superveloce Jota, a reference to the original 1971 Miura SVJ, but this iteration of the Aventador packs an aerodynamic punch that even that legendary supercar couldn't hope to match.
The upgrades that add the extra Jota have been known to focus on aero revisions, but the car also features a boost in both horsepower and torque, with the 6.5-liter V12 now cranking out 760 hp and 531 lb-ft, or 20 and 22 more than the Aventador SV, respectively. For fans of Lamborghini's longstanding adherence to the use of normally-aspirated V12 engines, those stats may stand at the peak, as Lamborghini has signaled that the Aventador's successor will introduce a hybrid-enhanced V12 to the model lineup.
To go along with the SVJ's power bump, the entire front end has been redesigned, with increased folds and venting to go along with active flaps in the front splitter. A pair of channels in the rear wing perform similarly to enhance downforce. The package is known as the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA) system, which Lamborghini claims helps to "exploit the car's physical boundaries" and "to ehance its four-wheel drive system, rear-wheel steering and ESC."
Weight has always been a focus for Lamborghini, now more than ever as competitors turn to the lower heft and greater power potential of forced induction powertrains. Both stiffer and lighter than an Aventador SV, the SVJ tips the scales at around 3,362 pounds, contributing to improved handling that is further enhanced by stiffer damping suspension and a tighter steering ratio.
All of the SVJ's exterior revisions and mechanical modifications combine to allow the Italian manufacturer to claim a lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Previously, Lamborghini's Huracan in Performante trim held the production car record from 2016 until September of 2017, with a lap time of 6:52.01. The Aventador SVJ, meanwhile, managed to trim just over seven additional seconds off, crossing the finish line at 6:44.97. The SVJ will be officially released at this week's Monterey Car Week, so expect to hear plenty of conversation surrounding the enhanced Aventador's record-setting run in the days to come.