► New maximum Lamborghini Aventador
► Introducing the Superveloce SV Jota
► Spied on road and track - at the 'Ring
You’re looking at the next high-performance version of the Lamborghini Aventador, called Super Veloce Jota, or SV J for short, according to word on the street in Sant’Agata.
We've now spotted the latest prototype of the revved-up V12 supercar at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany as well Bolognese streets, as engineers prepare for a late 2018 launch - and the camouflage has switched from monochrome swirls to a more elaborate pastel patchwork. Hardly subtle, is it?
Like on the Huracan Performante, the exhaust pipes at the rear are raised to a new position, signifying freer-breathing aspiration for the brawny 6.5-litre lump amidships.
And - how could you miss it - the new rear wing dwarfs previous aero on the maximum Lambo, the SV. Engineers are using this test car to fine-tune the downforce and aerodynamics, to ensure it’s stable at v-max over 200mph.
Is Lamborghini co-developing its rear wing with partner-in-composites Boeing? We think we should be told...
We drive the 2015 Lamborghini Aventador SV
Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce Jota, SV J, Or Whatever It’s Going To Be Called: the specs
Little concrete information is available yet on the precise outputs of the new Lamborghini. The rumour mill suggests that the horsepower target is spiralling nearer 800bhp, up from the ‘standard’ car’s 730bhp (Aventador S) and 740bhp (the last SV). We'd peg a best estimate of 760-780bhp.
Expect to see the new Aventador range-topper to be available in both coupe and roadster bodystyles, like the previous SuperVeloce. A world debut in the second half of 2018 is anticipated, ahead of sales starting next winter.
It's reassuring to see that while Sant'Agata focuses on launching the new Urus high-performance SUV, it hasn't forgotten its wild, supercar-obsessed heartland. Check out our briefing on the Urus 4x4 here.
That Jota name... What will it be called?
This car is the spiritual successor to the 2015 Aventador SV and it’s telling that Lamborghini plans a new name for its latest hero car. The Jota name is the likely badge, echoing the one-off Miura and Diablo Jotas from the 1970s and 1990s.
Social media posts have shown the Aventador SVJ script on the instrument cluster, lending credibility to those Jota rumours.
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