Fresh off a record-setting lap at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Lamborghini officially unveiled the Aventador SVJ Coupe yesterday, August 24, at Monterey Car Week. Finished in a striking Verde Alceo green, the SVJ's complete design shone for the first time in person without being disguised in extensive, industry-standard camouflage.
The Italian manufacturer's flagship sports car stole the show despite being accompanied by an Urus SUV and a Huracan Performante Spyder. Much of the buzz surrounding the reveal justifiably surrounded the car's 6:44.97 run at the 12.8-mile Nordschleife track, but was also buoyed by the rumor that its engine may be the peak form of Lamborghini's legendary, normally-aspirated V12 before the brand segues to the improved performance offered by hybrid-tech drivetrains.
In the Aventador SVJ, the massive 6.5-liter V12 has been tuned to churn out an added 20 horsepower over its lower-spec SV siblings, for a total of 760 horses and 531 lb-ft of torque. All that grunt is sent to all four wheels, which combined with Lamborghini's four-wheel steering to allow for the SVJ to bump Porsche off the Nordschleife record books.
The most substantial change which differentiates the SVJ is the use of Lamborghini's Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva system (ALA), now in its second iteration, which not-so-subtly revises the Aventador's front end, improving airflow through optimized inlets, aero channels, and a series of electronically-actuated flaps in the front splitter and above the mid-mounted engine to direct air towards that massive rear spoiler.
Additional improvements that contributed to the record-setting lap include a set of magneto-rheological pushrod shocks, front and rear, which adapt to road conditions, drive mode selection, and coordinate with the ALA system and rear-wheel steering. Weight savings are also made possible by the extensive use of carbon fiber, from the monocoque to the doors, seats, central tunnel, and console. In total, the car now weighs in at 3,362 pounds dry.
This Monterey Car Week has featured some impressive new products from a variety of manufacturers, but not many can hope to best the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ - a world-beating, end-of-an-era, limited-edition supercar. Throw in a luxurious interior replete with Alcantara leather, carbon fiber trim, and plenty of cross-stitching, as well as further options specials courtesy of Lamborghini's Ad Personam program, and the brand's assertion that the Aventador SVJ "...is a super sports car at the zenith of performance, while also ensuring unrivaled driving pleasure" sure rings true.