The most powerful and complicated road-going Lamborghini does not merit five stars, but we should make some things abundantly clear. In the age of electric assistance and forced induction, the performance from this stubbornly old-world but expertly honed, naturally aspirated V12 gives nothing away to more sophisticated rivals and offers an elemental soundtrack sure to live long in the memory of anybody lucky enough to sample it.
In Jota form, neither is it any longer satisfactory to think of the Aventador as a mere straight-line bludgeon for only the smoothest roads. The SVJ can reward and challenge its driver at sane speeds, and possesses far greater quantities of delicacy and precision than any previous senior supercar built in Sant’Agata.
Alas, Lamborghini has work to do for the next generation. The interior needs to make a quantum leap in ergonomics and technology (but preserve the intimidation factor, please), the driveline downstream of that magnificent engine needs an overhaul and the dynamics should be crisper still. Do this and the Aventador’s replacement truly will be a force to be reckoned with – and, we hope, every last bit as enchanting as this Super Veloce Jota.