The Last Supercar?
As the performance car world moves towards electrification, downsizing and turbocharging, the supercar as we know is an endangered species. Thankfully Lamborghini has one final car that defies the trend and is as old school as you will find.
You’re looking at an endangered species; the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is the last proper supercar as we know it. While all its competitors have gone down the turbocharged and hybrid path, the Aventador remains true to the ethos of analogue supercars offering nothing more than brute force from a monstrously large, normally aspirated engine.
The 770hp, 6.5-litre, V12 in the SVJ is Lamborghini’s glorious defiance to political correctness before it too succumbs to electrification with its next generation. Lamborghini claims it will get you to 100kmh in 2.8 seconds, to 200kmh in 8.6 seconds and has a top speed of more than 350kmh.
To cement its place at the top of the pile, the SVJ recently set the fastest ever lap of the 20.6km Nordschleife circuit with atime of 6:44.97sec, two seconds clear of the previous benchmark set in a Porsche 911 GT2.
Now it was our turn and the green light at the end of pitlane at the Estoril track in southern Portugal was all the notice needed to get down to business.
Even the mildest jab of the throttle returned a neck-snapping thrust of acceleration that almost immediately had me jumping on the brakes for turn one. [To be continued...]