Aventador Ultimae: last upgrade for Lambo’s V12

Published: 07 July 2021

► Limited-edition coupe and roadster
► More power and less weight than Aventador S
► 0-62mph time now matches track-focused SVJ

The last-ever V12 Aventador from Lamborghini is the limited-edition LP 780-4 Ultimae. Lamborghini will build 350 coupes and 250 roadsters to end the Aventador's 10-year run as Sant'Agata's flagship sports car, replacing the Murciélago. The 60º naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine will then be no more, at least according to current thinking at Lamborghini.

The Ultimae is intended to take the best of the high-performance SVJ and the marginally more refined S, and blend them in a distinctive new look and price it between the two (to be confirmed, but expected to be in the high-£300k region).

Its peak output is 770bhp, up 40bhp on the S and 10bhp over the SVJ, achieved by optimised valve timing and breathing.

aventador ultimae

The engine may be 10 years old, but the Ultimae is crammed with trick technology, most of it aimed at performance rather than luxury or entertainment. That includes all-wheel drive, rear-wheel steering, carbon-ceramic brakes (capable of stopping the car from 62mph in 30 metres) and Lambo's active rear wing, which moves itself into three positions depending on speed and drive mode.

Extensive employment of carbonfibre contributes to a remarkable dry weight of 1550kg for the coupe, which undercuts the S by 25kg, giving it the same power-to-weight ratio as the track-leaning SVJ. That gets the coupe to 62mph in an SVJ-matching 2.8sec. (The roadster is 50kg heavier, because of the bracing needed to compensate for the lack of roof, and takes 2.9sec).

aventador ultimae interior

Sant'Agata has been home to some outrageous greens, yellows, purples, golds and oranges over the decades, but the Ultimae looks great (at least in these official photos) in grey-on-grey for the coupe – a neat match for the carbonfibre inside and out – and sensible blue for the roadster. But don't worry, there are 17 other colours available. Or if you venture into the personalisation scheme, 300-odd.

So is this really the last naturally aspirated V12 Aventador? They say it is. Lamborghini loves a special edition, but there doesn't seem to be much wiggle room given what chief executive Stephan Winkelmann says about the LP 780-4 Ultimae.

'It is the last of its kind: it delivers the maximum power and conclusive performance expected from Lamborghini's current V12 engine, combined with our inimitable flagship's design DNA. The Aventador was destined to become a classic from launch, and the Aventador LP 780-4 is the most beautiful expression of timeless design and technical solutions in a final edition: Ultimae.'

By Colin Overland

CAR's managing editor: wordsmith, critic, purveyor of fine captions