We're all in denial about the lack of internal combustion engines in the future, and it looks like Lamborghini is also trying to make the most of that tasty petrol before it's resigned to plugs. As such, the brand has announced the final incarnation of the Aventador, which signifies the grand finale for a non-assisted V12.
The Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae - which no, isn't the default wifi password on the back of the PistonHeads hub - combines the performance of the SVJ and the 'sophisticated elegance' of the S to create a beautifully designed and dynamic final edition, available as both a coupe and a roadster. To that end, and as the name suggests, you get 780hp - 10hp more than in the SVJ and 40hp more than in the Aventador S.
As you might expect, the Ultimae aims to celebrate the evolution of the Aventador over the last ten years, with that V12 unit configured to produce 0-62mph in 2.8sec and a top speed of 221mph. Four-wheel steering helps with agility at lower speeds, whatever they are, and enhances stability when you're burning through that liquid gold at the top end of the speedo. The permanent four-wheel drive is calibrated to send more torque to the rear axle when lifting off, meaning "sporty but safe over-steer behaviour." Hmm. The ESC is also set up for precise traction control and vehicle dynamics, letting the grip adapt its characteristics depending on the surface.
It features a lightweight carbon fibre monocoque with carbon fibre used throughout the car, resulting in a dry weight of just 1,550kg, with a "specific front bumper concept" to increase aero load at the front. Add to this the front splitter and open front, and the additional airflow helps with aerodynamic efficiency, plus engine and radiator cooling. At the back, an active rear wing moves into three positions - confidently named closed, maximum performance and maximum handling - depending on speed. Driving modes consist of Strada, Sport and Corsa, plus a configurable setting called Ego. We enjoy the irony too.
Moving on to design, and well, it's a Lamborghini in its finest. It takes highlights from both the SVJ and S models and will available as 350 coupe models or 250 roadsters. A new list of options, both for exterior and interior, have been curated, including 18 paint colours as standard or an extra 300 through Lamborghini Ad Personam. How many colours can there be in the world? There's also a choice of metal colour for the 20- or 21-inch alloys, and for the calipers.
Inside there's a plethora of black leather and Alcantara with appropriate embroidered motifs on the seats and dashboard. You can spec the stitching and coloured highlights, again in a rather tame three standard colours or whatever you want from the VIP book. There's even Apple CarPlay, not that you'll be listening to your audiobooks, we imagine. What do you think? Dramatic final encore, or just another Aventador?
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