Cars We Love: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A has established a well-earned reputation as a designer and builder of some of the world’s fastest exotic cars. Once again Lamborghini has reached into its bag of engineering magic and come up with the Aventador SVJ, a supercar that tops all of their other supercars. Based on the Aventador, the SVJ focuses on aerodynamic performance and chassis improvements to give its naturally-aspirated 770 horsepower V12 a platform to take Lamborghini supercar performance to new heights. An SVJ set a new production car lap record of six minutes and 44.97 seconds around the famous Nϋrburgring Nordschliefe.

Aventador SVJ Reaches New Levels in Aerodynamics

With the advanced level of aerodynamic sophistication of Lamborghini’s Aventador and Aventador SV, further advances for increasing downforce and reducing drag become a matter of paying attention to small detail design changes and using active systems to alter the aerodynamic forces as the dynamics of the automobile change. Lamborghini has taken passive and active aerodynamics to new levels with the SVJ.

The SVJ generates 40% more downforce than the Aventador SV, a tribute to the creativity of Lamborghini’s engineers. Their patented ALA (Aerodynamica Lamborghini Attiva) system first used on the Huracán Performante has been upgraded and recalibrated as ALA 2.0 for the SVJ’s increased lateral acceleration. The ALA system automatically varies aerodynamic loads on the car to achieve high downforce or low drag depending on the dynamic conditions of the vehicle. Electronically-actuated motors connected to active flaps in the front splitter and flaps ahead of the carbon-fiber decklid wing will open the flaps to reduce drag, or shut the flaps for more downforce. Using the latest in inertial sensors, the ALA 2.0 system flaps are activated in less than 500 milliseconds

Passive aerodynamics of the SVJ have also been tweaked to produce greater downforce and decrease drag.  The SVJ is wider than its predecessors with a new front bumper and integrated side fins defining a new air intake. A new floating splitter, larger side intakes and new rocker panels improve engine cooling while reducing drag. In the rear, a new diffuser and an improved underbody aero design with vortex generators channel air around the body improving downforce at the rear axle. Finally, a new rear wing with side winglets reduces air turbulence and improves downforce.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Performance

The high-performance capabilities of the latest Lamborghini is, according to Lamborghini history, indicated by the suffix SVJ. In Lamborghini-speak, SV stands for “Superveloce”, meaning “Superfast” in Italian, while the J is for jota, the letter J in Spanish. The “Jota” name was first used on a race-ready version of the legendary Miura, which was lighter and more powerful than the standard car. Thus, the Aventador SVJ is a superfast car that is lighter and more powerful than the standard Aventador or the Aventador SV.

A normally-aspirated, 6.5-liter V12 engine producing 770 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque drives the four wheels of the SVJ through a 7-speed gearbox. With a dry weight of only 3,362 pounds, the SVJ is 110 pounds lighter than its brothers giving it a zero-to-62 mph time of only 2.8 seconds and a top speed of about 217 mph. “The Aventador SVJ is an innovative car and represents the absolute pinnacle of our super sports car product range,” said Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Domenicali. “The Aventador SVJ takes another step into the future, shaping the potential for super sports car development.”

The SVJ Chassis Features Four-Wheel Drive and Four-Wheel Steering

The suspension of the SVJ has been reengineered to optimize grip—any vehicle capable of over 200 mph cannot afford to lose touch with the road. Anti-roll bar stiffness has increased by 50% over the Aventador SV and the magnetic dampers are calibrated for improved body and wheel control by being 15% stiffer. The four-wheel drive system has been improved to permit additional power to be sent to the rear axle. The rear-wheel steering system has been re-calibrated specifically to work with SVJ’s increased aerodynamic capabilities to enhance stability and reduce braking distance. Special Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires, developed for the SVJ to cope with the increased downforce and enhanced grip, are standard equipment, but Trofeo R tires for maximum track capability are optional.

All of the improvements of the Aventador SVJ came together recently when it set a new production car lap record at the Nϋrburgring Nordschliefe, covering the 12.8-mile lap in just 6 minutes and 44.97 seconds, which averages out to 113.8 mph. Right out of the box, the SVJ lived up to Road & Track’s description: “This might be one of the wildest Lamborghinis yet.”

The Aventador SVJ 63

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the new SVJ is $517,770. If you really want one, better get your order in quickly as only 900 examples will be manufactured. If the “regular” SVJ isn’t exclusive enough for you, check into the SVJ 63, a special edition SVJ commemorating the founding of Automobili Lamborghini in 1963. The SVJ 63 will have a special white and black livery with the number “63” on the doors and hood and only 63 will be made. If you’re lucky enough to get one, chances are you probably will be the only SVJ 63 to show up at your local cars and coffee.



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