This is what an 830-hp NA V12 sounds like being driven in anger.
The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 made its first public debut in April this year at the Shanghai Auto Show.
Only 40 examples will be built, each one equipped with a naturally-aspirated V12 producing 830 horsepower. Unlike the Lamborghini Sian, which uses a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, the SCV12 is pure V12 naturally-aspirated nirvana. And now we get to see and hear it in action in a new video from supercar spotter, Varryx.
The Essenza SCV12 is not a road-legal car. Instead, it's a track-only special but one that you can theoretically use in a racing series. It was the first GT car developed to meet FIA prototype safety standards. Lamborghini used a lot of what it learned from the Huracan Super Trofeo Evo and GT3 vehicles to build the SCV12.
"The Essenza SCV12 was born as a 'laboratory of ideas. This allowed us to use technical solutions usually found in racing prototypes, such as the suspension installed directly on the load-bearing gearbox, which is an innovative solution for a GT car," said Giorgio Sanna, Head of Lamborghini motorsport. "In addition, it features the new carbon fiber monocoque chassis without a steel roll cage, resulting from technical collaboration with the FIA, thanks to which we've started a process that will lead to an exponential improvement in safety for GT racing drivers in the future."
The Essenza SCV12's chassis is made on the same factory floor as the Aventador, though the monocoque was further reinforced to withstand up to 12 tons of force without deforming.
The first batch of Essenza SCV12s has been delivered to customers, who paid around $3.5 million each. These customers will be treated to a unique racing program that started in June.
Lamborghini stated that the Essenza SCV12 wouldn't go racing for a few years at the time of the first US deliveries, but we still hold out hope. In case you're wondering why the car is still wearing camo - it's not because the car is undergoing further development. Instead, this was the development camo from the original teasers, and this car is still owned by Lamborghini and used for demos etc.
As you can see in the video, it showcased its talents at a meeting of current owners, and we're happy it did. It sounds glorious.