Lamborghini has previewed the Aventador Superveloce Jota with an image of the badge flanked by bonnet vents.
No details accompany the image, but a recently revealed video showed the SVJ becoming the fastest production car ever to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.
The successful record attempt, set by Lamborghini factory driver Marco Mapelli, shows the SVJ completing the lap in a time of 6min 44:97sec – making the range-topping Lambo 2.27sec faster than Porsche’s 700hp 911 GT2 RS around the fearsome track. It’s also just under 15sec faster than the current Lamborghini flagship, the Aventador SV.
A report leaked ahead of the official confirmation of the lap time claimed the SVJ produces 770hp from its 6.5-litre V12 – 70hp more than the GT2 RS and 20hp more than the Aventador SV.
The Italian supercar maker will officially reveal the Aventador SVJ at the Pebble Beach next month, with an ever-increasing number of teaser videos being posted online. Previous videos have boasted about the car having the best aerodynamic efficiency and claims of class-leading power-to-weight ratios have also been made.
At the front, there’s a significantly larger front splitter than that fitted to the McLaren Senna, and a new rear wing that's held in place by two curved arms and a centre arm.
The car also sports a new dual-pipe exhaust system that blows engine waste gases out through the middle of the back end, rather than in the centre of the diffuser like on the SV. This new technique, also used by the Huracán Performante, enhances the diffuser’s effectiveness by removing exhaust gases from an aerodynamically sensitive area.
The Aventador S, which arrived in the second half of 2017, produces 740hp, 41hp more than the previous version. Applying the same jump to the SV J suggests it could have an output of around 791hp, which would make it one of the most potent supercars in the market. To put that figure into perspective, that’s 91hp more the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
Backing the prospects of this extreme performance is the 'J' suffix, which stands for Jota, the Spanish word for the letter J. Jota has been applied to some of Lamborghini’s most hardcore models, including race-homologated versions of the Miura and Diablo. Although the Aventador will not compete in motor racing – the brand's competition efforts are focused on the lighter Huracán – it emphasises the car’s abilities.
Jota models have a history of being produced in extremely low numbers. No more than 28 Diablo Jotas exist, and just one each of the Miura Jota and a more recent Aventador J were produced. This suggests the Aventador SV J's build numbers might be kept below the 600 units of the SV.