Lamborghini SVJ Revealed
Everything we now know about Lamborghini's lastest flagship.
This is the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, the most extreme version of Lambo’s big-boy supercar yet. It’s a car we already know to some degree. Its claim to fame is its astonishing Nurburgring lap time of 6:44:97. Weve seen the car before but now we can finally see it without any confusing camo.
First thing you notice is the new punchy bodywork. seeming to take a lot of inspiration from the Veneno (especially at the rear.) But all these angles serve a purpose. Its all done for aero dynamics. The SVJ has a new version of ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva) which allows flaps to open and close to control the flow of air over the car depending on what its doing helping to generate maximum grip. As a result the SVJ has 40% more downforce than the Aventador SV. With more of that aero being over the front end it helps to make turn in much better than the old cars. This is also helped by the 4 wheel steering system, first seen of the Aventador S.
Revised exhaust position.
Other changed include a new engine cover, made from lightweight carbon and removed via quick release clips, like a proper racing car. Meaning like any good supercar visibility sucks. But because of the new exhaust system I suspect people will hear you coming so not to worry. talking of exhausts let us move onto the powertrain!
The engine is still a masterpiece, a 6.5L V12 completely free of any forced induction and produced a whopping 760 hp. This means 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, 0-124 in 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph despite the aero. But as with some models in the past Lamborghini are probably being a bit conservative about their performance figures. So expect to see individual tests faster than claimed.
A small glass panel lets you peer into the engine bay.
Other tweaks over the SV include suspension that’s stiffer, but with a larger damping range – so it should actually be a wee bit more usable as well as retuned steering, a sharper reacting seven-speed paddle shift gearbox and a four-wheel-drive system that sends a slightly higher fraction of power to the rear wheels. You also get new lightweight ‘Nireo’ wheels, something you won’t find on any other Lamborghini. Lamborghini have been working with Pirelli to create a bespoke version of the P Zero Corsa tyre with stiffer sidewalls, and super-sticky, track-focused Trofeo Rs are available optionally.
Beyond the extra downforce and the addition of four-wheel steering, all of the SVJ’s changes over the SV are relatively small. It was hardly a big, slow softie, after all. But they’ve all come together to make a car that’s much sharper car to drive. Some of the tweaks aren't just for style points among pedestrians. The exhaust system is now moved up into the middle of the bumper like the performante so they're closer to the engine, shaving off a little bit of weight.
Limited edition SVJ
And you've guessed it, this car will be extremely Limited. 900 examples will be made and asking price is around 350,000. With a few options i imagine it will be well north of the asking price. The white car shown above is an "SVJ 63". A special edition marking Lamborghini's founding year and only 63 of these will be made.
A closer look at those new wheels.
What are your thoughts on the SVJ? let me know in the comments!