It’s a cacophony for some and a symphony for others. The distinctive bellow of a 12 cylinder engine is the signature sound of Italian sports cars, particularly those sporting the Raging Bull badge. Ferruccio Lamborghini, a V-12-powered supercar that he built in the 1960s, once said “When I miss sound and fury I take refuge in mine garage and turn the ignition of my Miura.” The V-12-powered supercar’s namesake has maintained the tradition of its predecessor, even as other manufacturers switch to turbocharged engines. But those days are over. Automobili Lamborghini today announced that the last model of its flagship model will rely solely on a naturally-aspirated V-12–the Lamborghini Lamborghini LP 780-4 Ultimate.
In a statement, Stephan Winkelmann stated that the Aventador LP780-4 is the last, pure, timeless, naturally aspirated production, V12 Lamborghini. It is the ultimate Aventador, delivering the best 12-cylinder experience in terms of inimitable design, engineering options, and the most emotive driving experience.
The Aventador was first revealed in 2011. It replaced the Murcielago to be the Sant’Agata Bolognese’s banner model. The 740 hp Aventador S was introduced in 2016 and the 770 hp Aventador SVJ arrived two years later. This latter variant, which is called Superveloce Jota, pays tribute to Lamborghini’s motorsport development efforts in the early 1970s. It set the Nurburgring’s production-car lap record at that time. The new Aventador is available in coupe and roadster versions. It is said to combine the power and handling of the SVJ with the styling and handling of the S version.
The LP780-4 nomenclature derives its engine placement, Longitudinale Posteriore (placed longitudinally), 780 CVS (nearly 770 hp), and permanent four-wheel-drive setup. The 6.5-liter engine produces 531 ft-lbs torque and is controlled by the seven-speed Independent Shifting Rod (ISR), transmission. This powertrain configuration is complemented by the carbon-fiber monocoque structure and carbon fiber throughout the body. The supercar can reach 220.5 mph, which is 3,417 pounds (dry weight), after going from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds. The carbon-ceramic brakes stop the vehicle at 62 mph in just 98.5 feet.
The Aventador Ultimae’s agility, especially when cornering, is enhanced by the front axle’s Lamborghini Dynamic steering system. This works in conjunction with the rear axle’s active rear-wheel steering. All this results in more agile handling at slower speeds and better stability when you press the throttle. Like previous iterations, all drive-assist electronics can be controlled by the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva system (LDVA), which factors in real-time data from numerous sensors to continuously optimize settings.
Aerodynamic improvements include the splitter and front bumper, which increase downforce and cool airflow. The active-aero rear wings have three adjustment positions, depending on the traction and suspension settings. These are set with the Strada, Sport, and Corsa drive modes and the customizable Ego.
The interior of the Ultimate is still in the works. It has the Aventador’s digital dashboard that can be voice-activated and an infotainment system that can be voice-activated. There are also options for telemetry functionality to track use.
Pricing and delivery dates are yet to be confirmed, but 350 coupes and 250 roadsters will make up the 2022 Lamborghini Aventador. Owners have 18 options for paint and 300 more color options through the Ad Personam division. They can also tune their vehicle to Ferruccio’s “sound and fury” favorite song.