Lambo claims the Aventador Ultimae is its latest production V-12 model – Robb Report
Cacophony for some and symphony for others, the unmistakable bellows of a 12-cylinder engine has long been the aural signature of Italian sports cars, especially those bearing the Raging Bull badge. “When the sound and the fury fail me, I take refuge in my garage and turn the key in the ignition of my Miura,” Ferruccio Lamborghini once said of his late 1960s V-12 supercar. Its namesake brand continued the legacy of the V-12 mill even as others transition to smaller, turbocharged power plants, but those days are now numbered. This morning, Lamborghini cars announced the latest of its flagship model to rely solely on a naturally aspirated V-12, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae.
“The Aventador LP 780-4 designates the latest, purest and timeless production Lamborghini V12 naturally aspirated,” noted Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, in the official statement. “It delivers the essential 12-cylinder experience in terms of inimitable design, engineering solutions and the most emotional driving experience, and is the definitive Aventador concluding an extraordinary era.”
Revealed in 2011, the Aventador replaced the Murciélago as the banner model of Sant’Agata Bolognese. Later variants included the 740bhp Aventador S, introduced in 2016, and the 770bhp Aventador SVJ which arrived two years later. The latter, whose name refers to Jota supervision and pays homage to Lamborghini’s development efforts for motorsport in the early 1970s, set the production car lap record on the German Nürburgring circuit at the time. The new Aventador, presented in coupe and roadster versions, is presented as a combination of its more recent predecessors, combining the raw power of the SVJ with the handling and styling of the S version.
The LP 780-4 nomenclature is derived from the car’s engine placement, “Longitudinale Posteriore” (longitudinally positioned), the power of 780 hp (almost 770 hp) and its permanent four-wheel drive configuration. With 531 lb-ft of torque, the 6.5-liter heart is handled by the automaker’s seven-speed Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) transmission. The powertrain setup, complemented by the supercar’s carbon fiber monocoque construction and the use of carbon fiber throughout the body, allows the 3,417 pound (dry weight) coupe to exceed 220.5 mph after running charged from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. And the vehicle’s carbon-ceramic brakes stop it from 62 mph in under 98.5 feet.
Regarding the athleticism of the Aventador Ultimae, especially when cornering, the Lamborghini dynamic steering system on the front axle automatically adjusts the steering ratio as needed and works in concert with the active steering of the rear wheels. rear axle, all resulting in more agile handling at slower speeds and greater stability when stamping the throttle. As with previous versions of the model, all driver assistance electronics are controlled by the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva (LDVA) system which takes into account real-time data from its numerous sensors to constantly optimize settings.
As for aerodynamic improvements, the front bumper and splitter increase downforce and improve airflow for cooling, respectively. The active aerodynamic rear spoiler offers three positions of adjustment based on traction, suspension and steering selections, which are determined with the usual Strada, Sport, Corsa and customizable Ego ride modes.
So far, few details have been given on the interior upgrades, but the Ultimae has the Aventador’s digital dashboard display tailored to preferences, an infotainment system that can be activated by voice and telemetry feature option for on-track use.
Although prices and delivery dates have yet to be announced, a total of 350 coupes and 250 roadsters are expected to make up the production of the 2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae. And with 18 standard paint options and 300 more Color choices available through the Ad Personam bespoke division, owners can further refine their own swan song to Ferruccio’s beloved ‘sound and fury’.