Lamborghini created a 770-horsepower swan song to celebrate the end of the Aventador’s production run. Known as the LP 780-4 Ultimae, the final evolution of the firm’s flagship will arrive as a limited-edition model offered as a coupe and as a roadster. It’s also presented as Lamborghini’s last non-electrified V12-powered supercar.
The roaring, naturally-aspirated V12 engine has played a significant role in shaping Lamborghini’s image since the brand’s inception in 1963. It’s not completely going away, and it’s certainly not about to adopt forced induction, but staying on the legal side of looming emissions regulations requires adding an electrified component. In the future, the V12 will be part of a hybrid system that hasn’t been detailed yet. In the meantime, it carries on as a high-octane masterpiece with 6.5 liters of displacement and an output bumped to 770 horsepower at a screaming 8,500 rpm and 531 pound-feet of torque at 6,750 rpm. For context, the same basic engine develops 730 and 759 horsepower in the Aventador S and the Aventador SVJ, respectively. It still spins the four wheels via a seven-speed Independent Shift Rod (ISR) automatic transmission linked to a pair of shift paddles and a Haldex-type four-wheel-drive system.
Lamborghini quotes a 0-to-62-mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 220 mph. With more power comes less weight: The Aventador lost 55 pounds in its transition from the S to the Ultimae. Like its predecessor, it offers enthusiasts a trick four-wheel steering system, huge carbon ceramic brakes, and four different driving profiles.
Stylists and engineers worked together to update the Aventador’s exterior design. Up front, the changes are relatively subtle and made largely to optimize aerodynamic efficiency. Out back, the tweaks are more noticeable. The two round exhaust outlets notably move up to echo the design seen on the aforementioned SVJ and on the smaller Huracán Evo. Buyers can choose from a palette of 18 paint colors, and they can customize accents like the red accents on the diffuser. Alternatively, a 300-color palette is offered by Lamborghini’s Ad Personam division.
Lamborghini will present the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae to the public for the first time during the 2021 edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed opening tomorrow, July 8. Production will be limited to 350 coupes and 250 roadsters, and each one will wear a numbered plaque on dashboard. Deliveries are scheduled to begin before the end of 2021, though pricing information hasn’t been revealed yet. We don’t know if there are any left; it might be sold out.
As for what’s next, the Aventador’s successor will land with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. We’ll need to be patient to find out precisely what it will be powered by, what it will look like, and when it will arrive.