The Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae is a teary-eyed goodbye
Lambo's greatest hits album takes shape in this, their last ever pure-V12 road car.
2011 saw the Aventador take over from the Murcielago as Lambo's chief V12-poster car. And for that decade, the Aventador like the Murcielago and the Diablo before it upheld a long-standing legacy. Yet, unlike its predecessors the Aventador, launched into a world increasingly averse to high-displacement, naturally-aspirated engines.
And, like a petulant child, the Aventador, sat there, for a decade, refusing to budge, V12 and all. We must give Lambo credit for not succumbing to the efficiency-wars played out by the likes of Porsche and McLaren. While the Huracan and eventually the Urus became the company's cash cows, even the bosses at VW didn't dare inject the Aventador with any sensibleness.
In many ways, these are the same things we all talked about when we first saw the Aventador back in 2011. But today, unfortunately, that saga is coming to an end. And I'm not just talking about the Aventador. Because with this final 'Ultimae' edition, Lamborghini will be saying goodbye to its old-school V12 powerplant for good.
As confirmed by CEO Stephan Winkleman earlier this year, any future V12-Lambos will be hybrids. Signaling that after more than half a century, the Miura, the Countach, the Diablo, the Murcielago, and now the Aventador will all be a thing of the past.
To pay homage to this self-described end of an era, Lamborghini has announced a run of 350 coupes and 250 roadsters - the Ultimae edition.
The familiarly boisterous 6.5-liter V12 we've known and loved will be pushing out 780hp, 10hp more than the range-topping SVJ in this, its final renditioning.
Styling takes heavy inspiration from the Aventador SVJ, with Lambo themselves saying that the Aventador Ultimae takes, "The best of Aventador SVJ performance combined with the driving dynamics of the Aventador S and the definitive Aventador design."
Pricing has yet to be announced, and even though it's doubtful this, the last big-V12 Lambo, will be cheap, I wouldn't count on supplies lasting long.