Looking back at that glorious, naturally aspirated V12, one last time.
That’s right, the Aventador SVJ which debuted in 2018 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, wasn’t the last iteration of the Aventador. That honor goes to the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae. As the cliché “all good things must come to an end” goes, the Ultimae marks the end of 10 years of Aventador.
Just like someone at the airport who looks back at their loved ones one last time before flying into another country, the Ultimae is Lamborghini’s way of looking back at that glorious, naturally aspirated V12, one last time, before inevitably making BEVs. The LP 780-4 Ultimae will be available in both coupé and roadster variants, limited to 350 units and 250 units, respectively.
The Ultimae is actually based on the Aventador S and carries over all the improvements made on that car such as the rear-wheel steering, Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva (LDVA) that governs the car’s electronic systems in real-time, and of course, the EGO mode. The additional rear wing and the ALA system remain exclusive to the SVJ. The standard, integrated rear wing moves into three positions — closed, ‘maximum performance’ and ‘maximum handling’ — depending on the speed and selected drive mode.
As for the visual bits, the LP 780-4 Ultimae coupé is launched in a two-tone, grey-on-grey combination, complemented with subtle Rosso Mimir matt red contrast accents. The roadster’s launch colors are Blu Tawaret and Blu Nethuns two-tone gorgeousness, with the roof panels in exposed carbon fibre. That said, the Ad Personam division can customize the car to your heart’s content.
Silver Dianthus 20- and 21-inch forged alloys come as standard, with further 20- and 21- options in Dianthus, Leiron and Nireo, shod with Pirelli PZero Corsa tires. Carbon-ceramic brakes come standard with 6 piston calipers at the front and 4 at the rear.
Inside, the comfort seats borrowed from the Aventador S feature ‘Y’ inserts in black Alcantara, and an optional laser-cut ‘Y’ repeat motif on the seats and also on the dashboard.
As for the juicy bits, the 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 pumps out 574 kW (780 metric hp) at 8,500 rpm and 720 Nm (531 lb-ft) of torque at 6,750 rpm. The Ultimae has 40 hp more than the S and 10 hp more than the SVJ. As for the dry weight, the coupé weighs 1,550 kg (3,417 lbs), which is 25 kg (55 lbs) more than the SVJ coupé but also 25 kg (55 lbs) less compared to the S coupé, and as a result, delivers the same 0.50 hp/kg power-to-weight ratio as the SVJ coupé.
Official performance figures? Well, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds; 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.7 seconds, and a top speed of 355 km/h (221 mph).