The SVJ Roadster may not be the final naturally-aspirated Lamborghini.
It’s hard to believe the Lamborghini Aventador has been around for eight years now. Last week, Lamborghini lifted the wraps off the Aventador-based SVJ Roadster at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, which was believed to be the last ever naturally-aspirated Lamborghini before the Aventador's hybrid successor arrives.
Not so, according to Lamborghini’s chief technical officer, Maurizio Reggiani. Speaking to Road and Track, Reggiani revealed that Lamborghini could build one last naturally aspirated Aventador as a special send-off for the current generation model.
"There’s the possibility to have a kind of final Aventador family member, also because the next car will have hybridization, making the Aventador the last purely [non-hybrid] car from Lamborghini with a V12,” he told the publication.
A final naturally-aspirated Aventador model hasn’t been given the green light yet, but a decision should be made soon. The current Aventador SVJ Roadster is powered by a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 producing a hair-raising 770 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque. 0-62 mph takes just 2.9 seconds before the car tops out at over 217 mph.
As for the Aventador’s replacement, the car is codenamed LB48H and will use a hybridized V12 powertrain with supercapacitors instead of batteries. "Everybody is trying to figure what will be the successor of the Aventador, but we’re still not announcing when that will be,” Reggiani teased. "I’m convinced that the V12 still has a long life, even in the era of hybridization.”
CEO Stefano Domenicali also recently confirmed Lamborghini is working on a 2+2 grand tourer, which could launch by 2025. But before it can happen, Lamborghini is focusing on stabilizing its sales volumes. "This car could help us reach 10,000 sales,” he said. "I can see that if we are able to stabilize volumes over the next few years, we can manage a fourth model. But we are not strong or stable enough to invest in a fourth model right now.”