See how fast the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ can go in a top speed test.
It wasn’t too long ago that we were hearing about how the Lamborghini SVJ was the fastest production car to lap the Nurburgring--a record that stands to this day with a time of 6:44.97 minutes. Porsche is still angling to unseat the SVJ as the fastest car around the Ring, but for now, the SVJ reigns supreme.
So what makes the Aventador SVJ such a quick car? For starters, it's powerful. The Aventador's 6.5-L V12 engine makes 760 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque, which is more than any Lamborghini motor in history. Achieving this feat involved new titanium intake valves, a redesigned exhaust system, and new intake runners to feed the beast beating at its heart. Power goes through a 7-speed single-clutch semi-automatic transmission as the dual-clutch gearbox was deemed too heavy.
While the engine allows the SVJ to achieve incredible straight-line velocity, it's the aerodynamic improvements that allow the car to race around tracks in record time. Lamborghini's ALA adaptive aerodynamics have been taken from the Huracan Performante and transmogrified onto the Aventador along with four-wheel-steering to provide superb downforce and maneuverability. Motors on either side of the car adjust the engine the car's intake geometry to also reduce drag and further enhance performance.
And of course, the Aventador has AWD for smooth acceleration on flat pavement. Zero to sixty takes just 2.7 seconds on its way to a manufacturer claimed top speed of 217 mph.
But can the SVJ really achieve 217 mph with all that downforce keeping it glued to the ground? That’s what we’re here to find out at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds. Summer is over and that means Florida temperatures have returned from “uncomfortably hot” back down to “idyllic paradise,” which also means that any car on the runway will also provide ideal performance.
As you can see in the video above, the SVJ makes 200 mph look pretty easy, but after that, it’s a struggle for every extra mile. Can it reach 217 mph as claimed? Click above to find out.