The Aventador Ultimae is Lamborghini’s last non-hybrid V12
Lambo says this run-out Aventador is "the grand finale of the traditional V12 combustion engine"
That’s it, folks. Not just the end of the mighty Lamborghini Aventador, which has been on sale for over a decade now, but also the end of unassisted Lambo V12s.
Yup, the limited edition Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae – no, that’s not a typo – will be the last roadgoing Lamborghini powered solely by a nat-asp V12. The Aventador’s replacement will still use a V12 – as confirmed by CEO Stephan Winkelmann earlier this year – but it will be a plug-in hybrid.
Which will no doubt make the Ultimae, a car Lamborghini calls “the grand finale of the traditional V12 combustion engine, and the ultimate Aventador in every sense," a hugely collectible object from the moment it’s released. That said they are building quite a few – 350 coupes and 250 roadsters – meaning you may still be able to get on the list. The price hasn’t been disclosed, natch.
The venerable 6.5-litre atmospheric V12 here makes 780hp – or 769bhp in old money. That’s 10bhp up on the Aventador SVJ (and 40bhp more than the Aventador S), but the Ultimae is a wee bit heavier than the former Nürburgring lap record-holder. 0-62mph takes a claimed 2.8 seconds and it’ll plough on to 220mph. There’s four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering.
As for styling, the Ultimae borrows bits from the S and SVJ. It does without the SVJ’s fixed wing, for example, but keeps the exhaust/diffuser. Inside it’s closer to the more richly-appointed Aventador S, with ‘Comfort’ spec seats and lots of lovely Alcantara.
So, a fitting farewell? Or would you like more drama?
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