Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Review: The Best Lambo To Date?

The exclusive Lamborghini Aventador SVJ was just revealed in Monterey Car Week on August 2018 and it totally took the Lamborghini fans by storm. This new Lamborghini Aventador version looks powerful and phenomenal. It is expected to be the most powerful Lamborghini to date. But how powerful is it exactly? It is time to find out with Lamborghini Aventador SVJ review!

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Table of Content:
1. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Overview
2. Exterior
3. Interior
4. Performance
5. Final Thought

1. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Overview

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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is the much more hardcore version than the Aventador S and Aventador SV. The name “SVJ” stands for “Super Veloce Jota”, in which: Super Veloce means “super fast” while Jota means “track”. And true to its name, this hardcore, track-focused beast’s power is maddening.

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Back to the Lamborghini Aventador SV, the car excels in terms of both power and performance. However, it has a bit of problem due to the heavy feeling and jerky gearbox. Fully aware of such issues, Lamborghini Automobili brought in the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva system (or ALA for short) for the SVJ, both the front and rear. And what is the result? A beast of extreme capability! In fact, the Aventador SVJ totally broke the record by finishing Nurburgring within 6:44.97 lap time.

This Aventador SVJ will be a limited edition, and also, there will be special edition called as Aventador SVJ 63 which features unique aesthetic design to celebrate Lamborghini’s founding year of 1963. But enough of basic info, what we want to see is how cool this “great bull” is. So with no further ado, let’s sees what Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is capable of!

2. Exterior

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For the most part, Lamborghini Aventador SVJ still retains the same essence which makes an Aventador haunting: it is insane, it is dramatic, it is bold and it does not hold anything back. But this time, the SVJ does include a wide variety of differences, typically the ALA system and the lightweight application.

Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (or ALA) is the aerodynamic system which made a name for the Huracan Performante. And now the Aventador SVJ also gets the same treatment with the ALA 2.0, an upgraded design compared to the previous one.

Starting from the front splitter we can see the openings which activate depending on the speed on either side to control the downforce. Plus, it allows aero-vectoring by controlling the downforce from the left or right side depending on the direction the car is turning. The front bumper also includes 2 nostrils which are completely open down to the bottom and it leads the air through then over the top of the car. On the two front sides we can see the fins which direct the air to the 2 huge side radiators for engine cooling.

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Coming to the rear, the most notable thing is that unique rear wing and the opening on the center rear’s deck lid. This opening will take the air coming from the top through it, and to the wing’s center pylon. Here, the air will be split from one side to the other, than released through the holes in the wing’s underside. This process causes turbulence behind the car which changes the downforce on either side. It also works wonderfully with the diffuser down below, which basically provides more grip and performance when the car is cornering.

In terms of lightweight, Lamborghini Automobili utilized more carbon-fibre elements on the car, for example the exhausts which are designed in Performante’s tailpipe style, featuring 2 large round pipes which routes directly from the engine with new lightweight muffler. Overall, the Aventador SVJ only weighs around 1525kg (or approx. 3362lbs) of dry weight, which is about 50kg less than the standard Aventador.

3. Interior

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Coming inside the interior, we can see the Aventador SVJ pretty much keeps the same design as previous Aventadors. We have the carbon-fibre doors which use the straps for door closing in order to save weight. Of course the full digital-display cluster is still there, and the infotainment screen which seems to be a little bit outdated.

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We still have the lid which covers the Start engine button, along with the buttons to switch between 4 modes: Strada, Sport, Corsa, and Ego. Just like before, the three modes Strada, Sport, and Corsa will adjust the, steering response, stability control, powertrain behavior, and suspension stiffness. Then we have the final mode – Ego – which allows driver to customize the settings according to their likings. And of course, customers can select their favorite color styling for both exterior and interior via Lamborghini’s Ad Personam.

4. Performance

Powertrain

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Onto the crazy part which is the car’s powertrain and performance. Kicking off, we can still enjoy the insane power and sound of the bestial 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V-12 engine. It can dish out 760 horsepower with 8500rpm revs and 531 lb-ft of torque at 6750rpm revs. And as the result, we have a crazy monster which can rush from 0 to 62mph within 2.8 sec and to 124mph within merely 5.8sec. It can hit the top speed of 124mph. And more importantly, it smashed the Nürburgring’s production car record with a lap time of 6:44.97, which is 15sec faster than the Aventador SV, and 2 seconds faster than the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Ride and Handling

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Taking the Aventador SVJ to the track in Estoril, Portugal, there is only one thing we can say about this Lambo: It is phenomenal! As you accelerate, you will soon be absorbed in this epic experience, especially with the crackling, crazy sound, which is always one of the best sounds in the market. The shift is surprisingly quick considering the old 7-speed automatic/manual.

The downforce in the SVJ is about 40% up compared to the SV. This is all thanks to the ALA 2.0 system, all-wheel steering and all-wheel drive system. As mentioned, the ALA directs the air through the wing, which helps decreasing drag while at the same time increasing grip. Compared to the previous Aventadors, the SVJ gains even more downforce and yet less drag, which means it can corner faster and go faster down in the straight line. Aside from the ALA, both all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering system also provide far better performance by turning the rear wheels either in line with the front wheels, or against them, making the car more stable at high speed and shorten the wheelbase for better agility during tighter corners.

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In terms of suspension, the Aventador SVJ’s is 20% stiffer than the Aventador S, coming with ceramic brake. The braking is quite excellent in terms of strength; but then there is probably the biggest criticism: the brake can feel unsettling while hard braking under high speed. In addition, the gearbox feels kinda generations behind given the fact that current gens like the Lamborghini Huracan is using the latest dual-clutch model. But that said; these two downsides luckily do not seem to significantly hinder the already-monstrous capability of the Aventador SVJ.

5. Final Thought

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At the base price of £356,000 (or approx. $465,000), overall Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is indeed the most powerful Lamborghini to date. With that insane powertrain, awesome handling, and especially that thunderous sound, the Aventador SVJ is definitely a strong competitor to the likes of McLaren Senna or the Ferrari 812 Superfast. And if you’re interested in the SVJ, be aware that the SVJ is a limited model and only 900 units will be built, plus the additional 63 special Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63 editions featuring the lively front design to honor the Lamborghini’s founding year of 1963.

And that’s it folks! What do you think of Lamborghini Aventador SVJ? Feel free to share with us and for now, thank you and stay tune for more news in the future!

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