Lamborghini's Aventador SVJ is more than a 'Ring monster
Welcome to Portugal, and welcome to the circuit of Estoril, where we're here to test this.
It's the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, currently the world's fastest production car around the [UNKNOWN] It has 760 horsepower, and we're gonna find out just how well it can put that power down on a very slippery race track.
All right, we're heading out on the track, the [FOREIGN] in Portugal in the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
I've got 760 horsepower underneath my right foot, so hang on.
The SVJ is the latest and perhaps final iteration of the epic adventuer.
Not a lot actually but it's enough to make this care deliver a 6 minute and 44 second lap time around the Nurburing, faster than the Porsche 911gt2rs And faster that the Huracan Performante, which previously held the record.
And it's from the Performante that the SVJ has learned many of its tricks.
Tricks like a new evolution of Lamborghini's ALA System.
ALA stands for Lamborghini Active Aerodynamics.
It's a series of ducts in the nose and on the rear deck lid that channel air both through the front splitter, And the real wing.
Using those internal docks, the car can redirect the air stalling out the wings to reduce drag or to increase grip.
That means the car has both more down force and yet less drag that previous [UNKNOWN], so it can corner quicker and go faster down the streets too.
[NOISE] How does it all come together out here on the track?
[NOISE] Remarkably well, the surface here has just been redone, so there's not a lot of grip to be found here.
But the SVJ does a remarkable job of putting that 760 horsepower down.
There's a little bit of under-steer at first, Well, you just add a little bit more throttle in, [LAUGH] and the nose just comes running around and it tucks right in and away you go, rocketing down the next straight.
It's still the brutal Aventador that we've come to know and love, but it's got so much more grip and poise.
The combination of the active aerodynamics and the rear wheel steering coming together to create a really remarkable experience.
The engine has received a slight power bump of about 20 horsepower.
bringing it up to just short of 760.
But the real magic comes from the all wheel drive system and the new all wheel steering system, which can turn the rear wheels either in line with the fronts or against them, making the car more nimble or more stable.
And then there is that sound.
That unbelievable sound from a six and half liter V12 No turbos, nothing in the way to block that incredible song coming out the back of this car.
One of the best sounding cars on the market and I'm so thankful that it's still on the market.
[LAUGH] In terms of design, the SVJ isn't exactly a radical departure from what came before.
But that big rear wing will surely turn some heads, as will the SVJ graphics on the rear fenders, which are available in your choice of colors, by the way.
But look closer, and you'll see a custom front splitter and rear diffuser, plus a high exhaust exit that makes room for a giant new rear diffuser.
No surprise that most of this is made from carbon fiber, just like the central bodicock of the car.
To differentiate the SVJ from the normal Aventador, on the outside of course there's a big front diffuser and that giant wing out back.
On the inside, there are also quite a few new touches like some SVJ inserts on the leather upholstery here.
Some highlights here.
You should get pretty much any color that you want to, but the big change is actually something you can't see and actually it involves what else you can't see which is pretty much anything at the back of the car.
That big new wing and the that center ducks for the Alla era dynamic system.
Pretty much takes care of all of the [UNKNOWN] of this car.
You could never really see that great out of an invented door to begin with And in the new SVJ, you're gonna be using your mirrors a lot.
[SOUND] And what about on the road?
Well, I actually didn't get to drive it there.
But Lamborghini promises that while the racier modes are stiffer and more extreme than before, on the SVJ strata or street setting, it's actually just as comfortable as a normal.
Overall Lamborghini hasn't quite pulled off a reinvention here.
It's another set of subtle tweaks to an aging car, that do a surprisingly good job of making it feel like something young and spry.
The SVJ is a remarkably quick car, but what's really remarkable is just how much fun it is to drive.
It's still incredibly engaging, and that's a rare mix.
Making this a really good car, and this was a really good day.