Ten years after the Aventador first stormed onto the scene, the V12 raging bull from Sant'Agata Bolognese is finally gearing up for its retirement. It's taken many forms along the way, introducing new technological innovations to drive the supercar segment forward. As a final send-off, the 2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae Roadster has arrived, along with the Ultimae Coupe, as the most powerful Aventador Lamborghini ever produced.
Lamborghini will only build 250 Ultimae Roadsters and 350 Coupes, meaning the roofless model will be more collectible in the future. Th roadster will also allows drivers to connect more closely with the naturally aspirated V12 exhaust note. Collectors wanting to own the final culmination of Lamborghini's naturally aspirated V12 should probably act fast.
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|LP780-4 Ultimae Roadster||
6.5L V12 Gas
The Ultimae doesn't differ too greatly from other Aventador models, opting to ditch the massive fixed wing from the SVJ. Instead, this car uses an active aerodynamics system with an electronically operated spoiler, featuring three positions: closed, maximum performance, and maximum handling. Up front, the Ultimae receives a unique front splitter designed to redirect more air into the radiator and increase the aero load on the car. Lamborghini says the Ultimae strikes the perfect balance between the elegant Aventador S and the track-focused SVJ.
18 colors are available as standard, but more than 300 are selectable through the Lamborghini Ad Personam program. We are quite fond of the Blu Tawaret and Blu Nethuns launch colors, which are seldom-used hues for Lamborghini. Buyers can pair their color with white, silver, or bronze wheels, wrapped in Pirelli PZero Corsa tires. The roof panels, which are removable in two pieces, are finished in gloss black carbon fiber.
We didn't expect Lamborghini to reinvent the Aventador's cabin for a final send-off model. Black leather and Alcantara act as the base material with Y-pattern inserts on the seats as a special Ultimae touch. There colors shown here are quite conservative, but customers can play around with the seat, door, and dash trims through Lamborghini's Ad Personam. All LP 780-4 models receive the comfort seats from the Aventador S with "Ultimae" embroidered into the bolster. A standard carbon-fiber trim package is included along with a "001/250" badge to denote the limited edition run.
LP 780-4 stands for Longitudinale Posteriore, 780 metric horsepower, four-wheel-drive. It uses a familiar 6.5-liter V12 engine, now producing 769 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque, more than an Aventador S or SVJ. This massive power enables a 2.8-second 0-60 mph time on its way to a 220 mph top speed in the coupe, though we suspect the roadster won't be far behind. With massive carbon-ceramic brakes, the Ultimae stops from 62 mph in only 98 feet.
Taken from the Aventador S, the Ultimae features rear-wheel steering to improve agility and make the car more stable at high speeds. Drivers can select from four drive modes, including Strada, Sport, Corsa, and Ego, while the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva uses sensors positioned around the car to sense body motion and deliver the ideal dynamics. We may never see a naturally aspirated V12 supercar like this again.
Lamborghini hasn't announced pricing yet but the previous Aventador SJV started at $575,000, so the Ultimae could approach the $600,000 mark based on its limited production run. With only 250 roadsters slated for production, we doubt Lamborghini will struggle to find buyers.
This is the last mid-engine, naturally aspirated V12 supercar on the market, so there's nothing else quite like it. The Ferrari 812 GTS positions its shouty V12 at the front and the Pagani Huayra Roadster is far more expensive and includes two turbochargers. For Lamborghini enthusiasts, this is the last of a breed.
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