This is the final Lamborghini Aventador
Lamborghini’s current flagship has been with us for ten years now, with a multitude of derivatives along the way.
On paper, the Aventador is a bit of a dinosaur with its hulking naturally-aspirated V12 and single clutch gearbox. While every other manufacturer has been downsizing, turbocharging, and electrifying, Lamborghini has stuck true to what it knows - big, brash, and loud V12 supercars.
The flamboyant Italians from Sant’Agata gave us what is deemed to be the first supercar with the Miura back in the ‘60s, which was then followed up by the ultimate poster car in the Countach, a car that was sold in different iterations for over fifteen years. The Diablo learned from its predecessors and took the game further in a patchy time for the company with ownership changes providing a variety of different models that stayed on sale for eleven years.
The Murcielago had more Audi influence once the German company had taken the reins but still provided the Lamborghini flair we now welcome like an old friend, and that stayed in production for almost ten years. This year marks ten years of the current flagship model, the Aventador, so it's clear that Lamborghini wants to eke as much as it can out of its big V12s.
There have been countless different versions of the Aventador, with power ranging from 690hp all the way to 770hp in the very latest one pictured here. It’s called the Ultimae and it’s intended to be the final Aventador available to buy, so Lamborghini wanted it to be a compilation of its greatest hits.
It seems rather fitting then, that it's the most powerful Aventador to date, with the same power-to-weight ratio as the SVJ despite the Ultimae having slightly more power. One thing it doesn’t take from the SVJ is the huge rear wing, to make it slightly more elegant and subtle (if that’s possible). Also, four-wheel steering is lifted from the Aventador S.
350 coupes will be built with a further 250 roadsters, making this one of the rarest models to date. If you needed further reminding that you’d bought the final iteration, ‘Ultimae’ will be stitched into the headrests and a numbered plaque on the dashboard. Eighteen different colours will be available as standard, however Lamborghini’s Ad Personam programme will offer a broader range of options for those that want to stand out from the crowd.
Fortunately, it sounds like Lamborghini will be sticking to their guns and creating an all-new V12 for the Aventador’s replacement. It’s extremely likely it will be hybridised as the Italian marque seeks to electrify its entire model range by 2024. It’s also been said that there will be one final special edition based on the Aventador revealed at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance later this year.