Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Takes the V12 Supercar to Outrageous Extremes

With 770 horsepower and active aerodynamics, this Nurburgring lap record smasher seems like it came from the future.

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The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ already made a splash last month when it set a new Nürburgring Nordschleife record for production cars, running an incredible 6:44.97 lap time. Now, it sheds its camouflage, and yep, it looks exactly as crazy as we hoped. This might be one of the wildest Lamborghinis yet.

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Since we've tackled the SVJ's Nürburgring lap time, let's cover some other numbers. Its 6.5-liter V12 produces 770 horsepower, making this one of the most powerful naturally aspirated road cars of all time. Maximum torque is 531 lb-ft at 6750 rpm, while the power peak comes at 8500 rpm. Lamborghini claims a dry weight of 3362 lbs, which is 110 lbs lighter than an Aventador S coupe according to the factory. Acceleration is jaw-dropping, too, with 62 mph arriving in 2.8 seconds and 124 mph coming in 8.6. Top speed is 217 mph.

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When it comes to lap times, though, the most important number is downforce. Lamborghini says the SVJ generates 40 percent more downforce than the old Aventador SV, while lift is reduced by one percent. How'd Lamborghini manage that? Active aero.

Like the brilliant Huracan Performante, the Aventador SVJ gets Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), the company's active aero system. Electrically actuated flaps in the splitter and ahead of the carbon-fiber decklid wing flip open to reduce drag, or shut for more downforce. The flaps in the wing can also shift downforce between the rear wheels, which Lamborghini says helps with turn in and high-speed stability.

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There are lots of passive aerodynamic devices, too, including a new diffuser, air intakes, wheel-arch vents, and nostril vents in the front bumper. A new underbody design helps make the most of the top-side aero.

Lamborghini also made lots of chassis improvements. The anti-roll bars are 50 percent stiffer than those in the Aventador SV, while the SVJ's magnetic dampers are 15 percent stiffer and calibrated for improved body and wheel control. The rear-wheel steering system from the Aventador S is here, too, and it's been calibrated specifically to work with the SVJ's increased aerodynamic load capabilities. All the chassis electronic systems have been reworked as well, and the all-wheel drive system is biased to send more torque to the rear axle. Standard tires are Pirelli P Zero Corsas, while ultra-sticky Trofeo Rs are an option for those looking for maximum track capability.

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And now, we get to the Aventador SVJ's biggest number—price. In the US, this car will cost $517,770. Only 900 will be built for the entire world, and 63 of those will be SVJ 63s, a special-edition commemorating Lamborghini's founding year, 1963.

Oh, and you're probably wondering about the name—SV stands for super veloce in Italian, or "super fast"; the J is for jota, the Spanish letter J. The Jota name was first used on created by original Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace. The Miura Jota was lighter and more powerful than the standard car, and featured a number of chassis upgrades.

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