LAMBORGHINI’S quickest-ever car has broken cover. The Aventador SVJ (more info opposite) was revealed at the Monterey Car Week in California, USA, last month. One of the world’s preeminent classic car events, Monterey Car Week is increasingly being treated as a quasi-motor show by many high end manufacturers.
It’s not difficult to understand why – events such as The Quail, Pebble Beach Concours and Monterey Motorsports Reunion attract the richest and most influential petrolheads from around the globe. BMW pulled the covers off its production Z4, Ferrari, Honda, Bugatti, Ford and SSC also revealed new or updated supercars, Porsche unveiled a one-off as-new 993 911 Turbo S while Audi and MercedesBenz wowed with show-stopping electric concepts.
Then there was the more than half-a-billion dollars generated by the many car auctions, including a world record AUD$66m for a Ferrari 250 GTO. IF ANY car didn’t need added drama it’s the Lamborghini Aventador.
SantA’gata disagrees, unveiling the Superveloce Jota, a powered-up, 566kW/720Nm howling atmo V12 missile capable of lapping the Nurburgring in 6min44.97sec, a new production car record. In the acceleration stakes, 0-100km/h is a claimed 2.8 seconds, launch control and all-wheel drive to thank, as well as a relatively lithe 1525kg dry weight.
As for 0-200km/h – increasingly the real measure of supercar speed – Lambo claims an eye-watering 8.6 seconds, with a top speed of more than 350km/h. Unusually, Lambo also claims 100-0km/h in 30 metres which, if true, would make it about the shortest stopping car on sale.
The SVJ receives a lot of improved equipment over the Aventador SV, including 40 per cent more downforce on both axles and a drag coefficient 1 per cent lower, thanks to an updated version of ALA active aero. Despite high tech allwheel steering, the old-school, brutal ISR transmission remains, as does the pushrod suspension. Just 900 will be built at more than AUD$1m on-road each.