Thus the Murcielago was vast and low and powered by the final evolution of its maker's first V12; the quad cam, 60-degree marvel which old man Lamborghini himself commissioned to blacken Enzo's eye. In 1963, this displaced 3.5-litres and developed around 280hp with carburettors. By the time the SuperVeloce version of the car rolled out over forty years later, the engine's capacity was at 6.5-litres and the output at 670hp. No question, if there is any glory in longevity, that the unit deserves to be ranked up there with Bentley's L Series V8 and Chevy's small-block when it comes to the laurel-giving.
Consequently, the decision to replace it deserves no less praise than the phenomenal job done on the Aventador's design. With unrestricted access to the Audi chocolate box, Lamborghini could easily have chosen an engine of slightly smaller scale and made up the shortfall with sticking-plaster turbochargers. But it didn't. Instead it read the writing on the wall regarding high-revving, atmospheric V12 engines, digested it amid a global financial crisis, and astutely said: we'll have another one, please - from scratch this time.
Until the SV, that is. By 2015, the SuperVeloce badge had four decades of weight behind it, and Lamborghini took the limited-run machine very seriously. Out came 50kg of superfluous kerbweight and in went 50hp of additional silliness. Magnetorheological adaptive dampers were made standard, as was an improved dynamic ratio steering rack. Elsewhere, the power-shuffling four-wheel-drive system was recalibrated and a fixed wing deployed for better downforce. The engineers even had a go at fettling the irksome single-clutch automated manual gearbox.
All of which makes the thought of the very last one built rather appealing. That's what we have here (according to DD Classics); a 2017 LP750-4 SV in Grigio Aleno with matching wheels and black callipers. Apparently that colour scheme is unique; certainly it's fabulous - which goes twice for the black and white carbon fibre seats inside. It's also the Roadster version, which does make it 50kg heavier than the coupe (although still 50kg lighter than the 'standard' open-top) but also affords your ear drums unimpeded access to the 12-cylinder salute being fired over your shoulder. Expect it to feel brand new with only 600 miles on the clock. And if the £495,000 asking price has you wincing (it should: the model originally started at £350,000), rest assured that you're buying a standout machine even by the standards of Sant'Agata Bolognese's remarkable canon.
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