By Fahad Redha
It’s hard to believe that the Aventador has been with us for a decade. It has gone down in history as one of, if not the top selling V12 supercar of all time. It may even be one of the most produced 12-cylinder cars ever.
Lamborghini had initially pledged to build just 4,000 when it was first launched in February 2011. By 2016, it had sold 5,000. As of September 2020, it has doubled that figure with 10,000 cars, including the various versions such as the SV, having rolled off the production line.
Such milestones can’t just be quietly replaced with a new car. For that reason, Lamborghini has unveiled the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae in both coupe and roadster form. Production will be capped at just 350 coupes and 250 roadsters and it’s likely that many were spoken for before they were revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
This will be the last pure V12 powered super as the firm moves to hybridise its future flagship. It’s only fitting therefore that power is turned up to the max. It now makes 769bhp, much more than the original’s 691bhp. Lamborghini claims that it can accelerate to 62mph in just 2.8 seconds and go on to a top speed of 221 mph.
The Aventador is the fifth Lamborghini flagship V12 supercar. It is a lineage that should never have happened. When Lamborghini began making road cars in the 1960s it employed many ex-Ferrari and Maserati employees, people who had motorsport pulsating through their veins. But Ferrucio Lamborghini hated motorsport, seeing it as a waste of time. So the team began working in secret on a mid-engined racing car, hoping that they could talk him into it once he had seen it. Signor Lamborghini told them they could build it but that it had to be a road car only.
The rest is history. The 1966 Muira was the original mid-engined supercar and the brand became world famous almost overnight. It wouldn’t be long before everyone copied Lamborghini.
After Miura came Countach, a car named after the reaction upon seeing it from one of the employees in a particular Italian dialect. Then there was the Diablo, the first Lamborghini to hit 200mph. And after that came the Murciélago, Spanish for bat, that brought the firm into the 21st century.
The Aventador was the first Lamborghini to use an all-new V12 engine as all of those cars used improved versions of their predecessor’s motor.
And while this swansong edition is certainly exciting, it’s the next car in the stable that every car enthusiast is looking forward to. A V12 Lamborghini is a rare beast and one that only shows up every other blue moon. It has some immense shoes to fill but there’s no doubting it will slip into them like a glove.