Lamborghini has released details of the most potent Aventador the St'Agata-based firm has ever produced: the 566 kW SVJ.
Making its debut at the 2018 Pebble Beach motor show in California, the Aventador SVJ is Lamborghini's most powerful V12-engined model to date. Its upgraded mid-mounted V12 motor produces peak outputs of 566 kW, 720 Nm of torque and, unsurprisingly, the SVJ's vital statistics are dramatic: the claimed 0-100 kph time is just 2.8 seconds, with 0-200 kph coming up in 8.6 seconds and it will run on to a top speed of 350 kph.
From the outside, it's easy to see that Lamborghini has adorned the flagship Aventador with a few extra wings and dive planes to improve downforce. In fact, the SVJ has 40% more downforce on both axles and is actually slipperier through the air than the standard derivative.
The car appears visually wider than its siblings. A new front bumper features integrated side fins, a revised air intake and Lamborghini’s active aerodynamics addenda. The front splitter, for example, continues the impression of a floating component, while providing a channel for airflow. A tri-dimensional air outlet on the bonnet directs airflow, improving both drag and downforce. The upper body aerodynamic optimisation has contributed 70% to the total downforce improvement in the SVJ over the SV.
The SVJ’s suspension has been reworked too, to provide higher mechanical and aerodynamic grip. Anti-roll bar stiffness has been improved by 50% compared with the Aventador SV, compensating against roll and improving aerodynamic efficiency. Furthermore, the newcomer's damping force range has increased by 15% over the SV.
The 4-wheel steering has also been revised to further improve low-speed agility and maintain high-speed cornering stability. The SVJ is shod with specially-made Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, which are designed to handle the extra load that the added downforce transfers into the sidewall of the rubber.
A special edition SVJ 63 is being shown at Pebble Beach that pays homage to the brand’s founding year of 1963. The SVJ is limited to 900 units that retail for $517 770, that the equivalent of approximately R7 404 835.