The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has been revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, effectively claiming the mantle of the fastest new Lamborghini you can buy.
Having 770hp and 720Nm of torque on tap, the Aventador SVJ (Superveloce Jota) matches the power output of the ultra-low-volume Centenario and is 30hp more powerful than the Aventador S. This power figure is produced by a retuned naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 and is transmitted through all four wheels.
As per the Aventador S, the SVJ is also fitted with four-wheel steering; but the new car builds upon the standard car’s agility with a second-generation active aerodynamics system (ALA 2.0). Improvements over the first-gen system include redesigned air inlets and aero channel designs. The system aided the SVJ in lapping the Nürburgring circuit in 6min44.97sec – a new record for a production car. The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has a recorded 0-100kph time of 2.8sec with a 350kph-plus top speed.
Lamborghini claims the SVJ’s downforce is 40 percent greater than that of the Aventador SV – the Italian carmaker's former performance flagship. Larger side air-intakes, a huge rear-wing, tweaked underbody with vortex generators and prominent rear diffuser, and aerodynamic bodywork at the front help to achieve the improved aero figure.
The chassis is tweaked for additional stiffness – the SVJ has been fitted with an anti-roll bar that is 50 percent stiffer compared to the Aventador SV's fitment. Meanwhile the suspension’s damping force range is increased by 15 percent over the SV. Other tweaks to the suspension are claimed to improve the car’s on-track stability.
Among the new mechanical upgrades is a tweaked 7-speed automated manual gearbox, while the four-wheel-drive system now sends 3 percent more torque rearwards. The stability control and ABS systems are tweaked to accommodate the greater grip provided by the active aerodynamics.
The car’s exclusive aluminium Nireo wheels are shod in specially-made Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres – which are now stiffer, with a bespoke tread design for the Aventador SVJ.
A re-engineered exhaust system reduces back pressure and has been fettled to produce a "more emotive" sound. It is also lighter than the standard set-up, with higher exit points.
The Italian brand plans to build 900 SVJs. An additional 63 units will be produced in 63 Edition guises, celebrating the brand’s 1963 inception – of which the Pebble Beach reveal car is one. These feature a bespoke colour and trim and will carry a higher price-tag than the regular SVJ.
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