This is the final Aventador before an all-new model replaces it.
The Lamborghini Aventador is a car that both frustrates and fascinates us. Its 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 is a wondrous powerplant but its automated manual gearbox is less than perfectly refined. Nevertheless, over the course of a decade, the supercar has been constantly improved. With such a long life cycle, it's about time for the car to be replaced, and we've been keeping an eye on spy shots and teasers to see what would be next for the spectacular machine. Well, the wait is now over and the answer is the final naturally aspirated V12 from Sant'Agata, nestled in the middle of the very last Aventador, called the LP 780-4 Ultimae.
Lamborghini says that this final edition concentrates "the purest features of all Aventador editions into a perfect finale" and "harnesses the performance of the SVJ and intensifies the sophisticated elegance of the Aventador S, converging design and dynamism into a decisive collector's piece."
This is meant to become a future classic and the best distillation of Lamborghini's signature love affair with the free-breathing V12 engine. But enough of that - let's get on with the specs. The Ultimae produces 39 horsepower more than the Aventador S and 10 more than the SVJ, and with a carbon-fiber monocoque and a body produced from both carbon and aluminum, it has a dry weight of just 3,417 pounds.
In total, you get 780 metric horsepower to all four wheels, hence the 780-4 suffix, which translates to 769 of our horsepower. Torque is rated at 531 lb-ft and the forged Silver Dianthus 20-/21-inch wheels are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
As a result, 0-62 mph takes just 2.8 seconds while 124 mph arrives in 8.7. Top speed is a fantastic 220 mph and carbon ceramic brakes bring the fun to an end with ease. Lamborghini says that you can go from 62 mph to zero in just 30 meters (98 feet). It will be more than just a straight-line animal though.
As introduced on the Aventador S, the Ultimae features four-wheel steering for better agility at low and medium speeds and enhanced stability at higher speeds. It should feel great to take bends in the car too, since Lamborghini has stuck with hydraulic assistance for the steering system. Other highlights include a permanent all-wheel drive system that is calibrated to feed more torque to the rear axle when setting off, allowing for "sporty but safe" oversteer behavior.
Aero has been concentrated on too, and the active aero system's rear wing can switch between three modes: closed, 'maximum performance,' and 'maximum handling,' with these being dependent on speed and drive mode. As in other models, you get Strada, Sport, and Corsa modes, along with Ego which allows you to set your own active suspension, traction, and steering settings.
350 coupes will be built alongside 250 roadsters, and buyers will be able to choose from 18 standard colors or more than 300 custom colors as part of Lamborghini Ad Personam. The launch finish for the coupe is a two-tone gray-on-gray (Grigio Acheso and Grigio Teca) with matte red Rosso Mimir accents. The roadster versions launch in Blue Tawaret and Blue Nethuns with the roof finished in visible carbon fiber to match the rear diffuser of either model.
Inside, the elegant yet sporty look is continued with black leather and Alcantara balanced by gray stitching and trims. The seats are borrowed from the Aventador S but the A-pillar of the driver dashboard area carries the 001 of 350/250 motif to remind you that you're in something special. Silver, bronze, and white accents are offered as standard with five additional optional colors available along with countless more in the Ad Personam program.
Those 20-21-inch wheels we mentioned earlier can be customized too, with Dianthus, Leiron, and Nireo designs in bronze, black, and titanium. Calipers come in silver as standard, but other hues can be had to match the centerlock section of the wheel. With so many options, it's unlikely that you'll see two of the same spec. As for connectivity, Apple CarPlay is standard but not much else is mentioned in terms of convenience tech, as usual. Pricing has also not been disclosed, but we expect these to sell out quickly if they haven't already.
If you're in the UK for the Goodwood Festival of Speed that runs from July 8-11, the final incarnation of the Lamborghini Aventador will be on display there. We're sad to see it go, but we can't wait to see how Lambo follows up on the Ultimae.