What is the first word that comes to mind when thinking of a Lamborghini? For most of us it is something in the form of silly, childish, or insane, and that's a good thing. For decades, they have given us some true icons that are each brilliant and absolutely mad in their own right. Although each of these cars are different, they all had one thing in common, that characteristic Lambo spirit. That is exactly why we love Lamborghinis, they are completely ridiculous. If it was legal, they would include rocket engines and laser cannons as optional extras. The new SVJ takes that spirit we love and dials it to 11.
From the very first second you look at this car, you can see just how mad they went with the styling. Starting with the massive exhausts front and center above the rear diffuser, they look like doorways in Dante's Inferno. We can't forget about the massive rear wing either, which looks absolutely silly and pays a great tribute the rear wings of Countach and the Diablo. The difference with the SVJ is that there is real functional performance dialed within the insanity. That wing combined with the front and rear aero, this car produces real HARD downforce. In fact, it de-throned the Porsche GT2 RS for the production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a neck-breaking time of 6:44:97. That is extremely impressive and rather grown up for a Lamborghini. So can we get the best of both worlds? A Lamborghini that can be a big kid track car when you want it but can still be its outrageously silly self everywhere else? Yes indeed.
That Lamborghini spirit is just as evident on the inside as it is outside. Behind the cabin is the same naturally aspirated 6.5 liter V12 from the original Aventador, but this time it has 760 horsepower. In addition, they stuck to their traditional single clutch transmission. This car for how modern it is, it is pretty old fashion, which is awesome. Inside the cabin however, is where that spirit shines the most. The infotainment system is an outdated VW group system from years ago that doesn't have a touch screen. With the rear wing and the engine cover, it is completely impossible to see out of the back. Not to mention it is the width of your average bus. There is no storage space at all, except for some microscopic little spaces where you could maybe store a single pen. Despite that, Lamborghini have put two jacket hooks by both seats. So no you cant store your phone, wallet, or anything else inside but you can hang up you and your date's jackets. I absolutely love that, it screams Lamborghini. Everything about this car screams Lamborghini.
The Aventador SVJ is something special. It is also a very important car, not only for Lamborghini, but for the whole automotive world. It is a reminder that Lamborghini are still themselves. This car has every bit of lunacy, hilarious vulgarity, and impracticality as the Lambos of old, and costs over half a million of whatever currency you would pay. It is a not only a true supercar in every way, it is a true Lamborghini.
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