Italian car maker is developing new version of hardcore V12 supercar; reports suggest it's after a production lap record

Lamborghini could challenge the production car lap record at the Nürburgring with the upcoming Aventador SV J, which is an even more hardcore version of its track-focused V12 supercar.

To do that, the all-wheel-drive model, due for reveal during the summer to supersede the limited-to-600 SV, would have to lap the Nordschleife in less than 6min 47.3sec, which is the time set by the current record holder, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Reports suggest the Italian company is planning to launch the car with a new lap record secured at the Nüburgring, although Lamborghini has not responded to the speculation.

The Aventador SV J has been filmed testing at the Nürburgring in recent months, where it was seen being driven flat out, suggesting a record attempt is planned.

These sightings also showed what sort of changes are due to be made to the car. At the front, there’s a significantly larger front splitter that rivals that fitted to the McLaren Senna, while a new rear wing is held in place by two curved arms and a centre arm.

The car also sports a new dual-pipe exhaust system that blows engine waste gases out through the middle of the back end, rather than in the centre of the diffuser like the SV. This new technique, also used by the Huracán Performante, enhances the diffuser’s effectiveness by removing exhaust gases from an aerodynamically sensitive area.

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The Aventador SV J will arrive with an even more potent version of Lamborghini's 6.5-litre 12-cylinder engine used by the SV.

The Aventador S, which arrived in the second half of 2017, produces 730bhp, 40bhp more than the previous version. Applying the same jump to the SV J suggests it could have an output of around 780bhp — that would make it one of the market’s most potent supercars. To put that figure into perspective, that’s 90bhp more the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Backing the prospects of this extreme performance is the use of the letter J, which stands for Jota. Jota, the Spanish word for the letter J, has been applied to some of Lamborghini’s most hardcore models, including race-homologated versions of the Miura and Diablo. Although the Aventador will not compete in motor racing — Lamborghini’s competition efforts are focused on the lighter Huracán — it emphasises the car’s abilities.

Jota models have a history of being produced in extremely low numbers. No more than 28 Diablo Jotas exist, while the Miura Jota and a more recent Aventador J were produced just once each. This suggests Aventador SV J build numbers might be kept below the 600 units of the SV. If that’s the case, the SV J’s pricing would likely jump substantially from the original SV’s £321,743 starting figure.

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10 April 2018

 Wild, as a Lamborghini should be.....

Peter Cavellini.

10 April 2018

the Spanish use the word "jota" for extreme performance versions? I remember watching a Laverda Jota racing at the TT in the 70s - poor old sod that I am!

10 April 2018

I believe it was originally used to make a Muira comply with FIA Appendix J regulations.

19 April 2018
Dont think many will buy with Paint work like that!!!!

7 July 2018
What about the Nio?

7 July 2018

All well and good but you can add anything from 30 to 120 seconds, depending on the buyer.  I'd be very proud if I can get within a minute, maybe less with lots of coaching.

7 July 2018
This should be a glorious flamboyant car that has absolutely no business at the Nurburgring.

It is totally contrary to the spirit of the car and company.

I will think much the worse of it if it sets out to achieve this vacuous pointless quest.

9 July 2018

Nice post.

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