I recently had the chance to drive the new Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, which is an incredibly fast high-performance sports car offered by Lamborghini. It’s also an incredibly exclusive one: Lamborghini will build less than 1,000 of these for the entire world as production finally comes to an end on the Aventador, which was first released way back in 2011.
It’s an impressive swan song. The Aventador SVJ has 760 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque, and it recently set the record for the fastest production car around the Nurburgring, beating out the ultra-sharp Porsche 911 GT2RS, which previously held it. The SVJ also has a huge wing and excessive add-ons that distinguish it from a standard Aventador and make it stand out — giving it presence even beyond the regular Aventador.
On the road, the SVJ is exactly what you’d expect: absolutely brutal. You climb into the car through the Lamborghini doors, you fire up the engine and you’re greeted with a loud, angry V12 that pulls hard no matter what speed you’re going. Acceleration is truly astonishing, at all speeds, everywhere in the rev range, and flooring the accelerator feels like opening up a door to a new dimension, or at least flying in the ship that brings you there, as suddenly everything is monstrously loud and the world is coming at you so fast it’s hard to even react.
Handling, too, is excellent. Despite the SVJ’s size, and it is truly massive, steering is very precise and the car changes directions quickly. With that said, the Aventador’s size is limiting compared to some other vehicles: the Huracan feels a lot nimbler and more precise, largely due to tighter steering and the fact that it isn’t lugging around the weight, heft, and — most importantly — width of the SVJ. The Aventador also feels larger than it is due to its difficult visibility, a Lamborghini hallmark, which makes you unsure about precisely where the rear of the car starts and stops. That contributes to a feeling of larger size than you might expect.
Another reason why the Huracan feels a little sharper and zoomier than the Aventador is the transmission. Though the SVJ’s transmission is fast, it still uses old-school sequential manual transmission technology, which was already getting outdated when the Aventador came out eight years ago. This has been improved as much as humanly possible for the SVJ, but it still feels clunky at low speeds and not quite as immediate as the transmission in the Huracan.
But there’s no denying it: the Aventador SVJ is an amazing car, with absolutely incredible acceleration and handling capabilities. It’s also ridiculous to look at, which is the heart and soul of any Lamborghini: the total shock value that comes from not just driving in it, and not just riding it, but just simply seeing it. Unfortunately, the Aventador is also starting to show its age — and while the SVJ is an amazing, limited-production model to commemorate the end of the run, I think I speak for all Lamborghini fans when I say we’re excited to see what’s next.