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Video: Lambo Aventador SV crushes the 'Ring

Twenty-six seconds faster than a Mercedes SLS Black Series. Twenty-five seconds faster than the Ferrari Enzo and ‘standard’ Aventador. Eight seconds faster than a Nismo GT-R, and just two seconds shy of a Porsche 918 Spyder.

Yes, the Lamborghini Aventador ‘Super Veloce’ has just recorded a Nürburgring lap time of 6m 59s. It’s a bona-fide sub-seven minute car.

Still reeling? That time puts it into the top top category of Nürburgring assault vehicles, including that hybrid Porsche 918, the pair of Radical SR8s and, um, that’s about it. McLaren’s P1 has reportedly done a ‘Ring time with ‘a number starting with 6’, yet we’re still waiting to see final proof.

Of course, the usual caveat of ‘Ring lap times applies (no uniform driver/course/conditions/governing body etc), so take everything with a pinch of cynicism. Nonetheless, we can be sure of this: the new Lambo SV is really bloody fast.

Though the driver’s identity is thought to be Marco Mapelli, there’s no confusion on the car. To give the standard Aventador lots of additional Veloce, Lamborghini gave that 6.5-litre V12 new valve timing and variable intakes, to liberate 50bhp over the standard LP700-4.

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They also trimmed around 50kg of weight, using things like sheet-moulded carbon fibre for the door and sill panels, fixed rear cooling intakes, and of course, that fixed rear wing. There’s also a dandy new front splitter, and lots of meshing.

There are adaptive dampers and carbon seats, and Lambo has stripped the carpets, sound deadening and stereo. In the car that attacked the Nürburgring, it was also wearing very special - and, we imagine, very sticky - development Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres. It’s unclear yet whether this will be the rubber offered on the production Aventador SV.

Officially, the Lambo will go from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds, bolt from 0-125mph in 8.6 seconds and top out at over 217mph.

Unofficially, it just became the fourth fastest production car to lap the Green Hell. McLaren, you fancy releasing the P1’s lap time yet?

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