Italian car maker is developing a new version of its hardcore V12 supercar; reports suggest it’s after a production lap record
To do that, the all-wheel-drive model, due for reveal during the summer to supersede the limited-to-600-cars SV, would have to lap the Nordschleife in under 6mins 47.3sec, which is the time set by current record holder, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
Reports suggest the Italian company is planning to launch the car with a new lap record secured at the Nüburgring, although the firm has remain tight-lipped and not responded to the speculation.
The new model has been filmed testing at the Nürburgring in recent months, where it was seen being driven flat-out, suggesting a record attempt was planned.
These sightings also showed what sort of changes are due to be made to the car. At the front, there’s a significantly larger front splitter that rivals that fitted to the McLaren Senna, while at the back a new rear wing is held in place by two curved arms and a centre arm.
The car also sports new a dual-pipe exhaust system that blows engine waste gases out through the middle of the back end, rather than in the centre of the diffuser like the SV. This new technique, also used by the Huracán Performante, enhances the diffuser’s effectiveness by removing exhaust gases from an aerodynamically sensitive area.
The Aventador SV J will arrive with an even more potent version of Lamborghini’s 6.5-litre 12-cylinder engine than used by the SV.
The Aventador S, which arrived in the second half of 2017, produces 730bhp, 40bhp more than the previous version. Applying the same jump to the SV J suggests it could have an output of around 780bhp – that would make it one of the market’s most potent supercars. To put that figure into perspective, that’s 90bhp more the wild Porsche 911 GT2 RS has.
Backing the prospects of this extreme performance is the use of the letter J, which stands for Jota. Jota, the Spanish word for the letter J, has been applied to some of Lamborghini’s most hardcore models, including race-homologated versions of the Miura and Diablo. Although the Aventador will not compete in motor racing – Lamborghini’s competition efforts are focused on the lighter Huracán – it emphasises the car’s abilities.
Jota models have a history of being produced in extremely low numbers. No more than 28 Diablo Jotas exist, while the Miura Jota and a more recent Aventador J were produced just once each. This suggests Aventador SV J build numbers might be kept below the 600 units of the SV. If that’s the case, the SV J’s pricing would likely jump substantially from the original SV’s £321,743 starting figure.