Lamborghini Aventador SVJ breaks cover

The brand’s most potent supercar gets 770hp of V12 power and better aerodynamics.

Ah, the Jota is back!

Lamborghini has taken the Aventador supercar to the next level with the unveiling of the SVJ in Monterey, California this week.

The SVJ, standing for Superveloce Jota in Italian (superfast and track), is the most potent Aventador made to date.

The brand’s 6.5-litre V12, mated to a seven-speed single-clutch automatic driving all four wheels, has been tweaked to generate 770hp at 8,500rpm and 720Nm at 6,750rpm.

The suits at Sant’Agata are boasting a lap time for the SVJ at the legendary Nurburgring race track of 6min and 44.97sec.

What’s the 0-100kph time, for more relevance?

The 0-100kph acceleration is rated at 2.8sec, which is the same time as in the 750hp SV model made earlier. For speed geeks, the SVJ will do “over 350kph” as in the SV.

Despite these familiar figures, Lambo says the latest in aerodynamics and the inclusion of four-wheel steering have enabled the SVJ to be an Aventador an easier and more assuring car to handle at the extremities.

First applied in the Huracan Performante, the so-called ALA treatment include active wings around the car and a big spoiler (to additionally give the SVJ more visual distinction). As well, there are stiffer anti-roll bars underpinning the SVJ.

If carbonfibre parts are your cup of tea, there’s the SVJ 63 model (pictured here) featuring even more of that lightweight material.

The SVJ is rimmed with special P Zero Corsa tyres from Pirelli. A road-legal version in the guise of P Zero Trofeo R is also available for track use (and probably the one that helped the SVJ beat the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at the ‘Ring).

Tch! How much does it cost?

In today’s money, the SVJ would cost around 40 million baht in Thailand. Production is capped at 900 examples worldwide, with an additional 63 of the SVJ 63 to be made. 

Lamborghini says first deliveries of the SVJ are due to start in early 2019. Only a drive in it will prove whether the SVJ isn’t merely a marketing exercise.

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