The Lamborghini Aventador successor will be the first series-production hybrid V12 from Sant’Agata, and if the rumors are to be believed, we’ll be seeing this eagerly awaited new supercar in 2023, but that also means Automobili Lamborghini SpA will have to keep their current V12 flagship on the radar for those fortunate clients, despite being introduced back in 2011, the Lamborghini Aventador has remained a rather steady seller for the last decade, and if they intend to carry this model for another two years, things have the change.
So Lamborghini has announced they will be unveiling two more V12 models before the new supercar will be available, and it seems we’ll be seeing the first one of their ‘timeless’ models as they call it, in only two days from now, on July 7th, and rumor has it, this will be a final Aventador edition, an evolution of the standard Aventador S, but not as radical as the limited-edition Aventador SVJ, which has been sold out for a while already.
But let’s first take a look at the Lamborghini Aventador range since 2011, it’s a very interesting legacy as this new Aventador SJ or Aventador S Jota as some sources call it, will be the 28th iteration of the original Aventador carbon fiber chassis, yes, we’ve seen 27 different versions of the original Aventador leave the factory doors in Sant’Agata, an overview perhaps:
So this new model for 2022 in the Aventador lineup will be nr 28 then, and what do we know about it? Officially absolutely nothing, but there have been rumors and spy shots going around for a while now, the first clue we got was a rather low-resolution photo of a green Aventador with a completely different engine cover that was uncovered in the parking lot at the factory, this car even had a partly exposed engine and came with SVJ syle exhausts, but no rear wing.
Fast forward a few months and we find a video online of a matt blueish purple test mule leaving the factory doors and accelerating very fast … looking like an Aventador S, but with those SVJ style dual exhausts fitted further up … was this the upcoming Aventador S Jota pre-production test car, or just a botched up test mule for general testing of new equipment, who knows, but it did pull away quickly, so was there a hybrid setup on that prototype to give some more boost to the NA V12 engine?
So what could we expect from this new Aventador Lamborghini so cryptically published on social media with the tagline: ‘It takes time to become timeless. Are you ready? It’s almost time for the reveal.’? Will this be a slightly more powerful edition of the Aventador S base model? From the teaser shot, it does look like this model does not come with a fixed rear wing as the Aventador SVJ did, so probably no active aerodynamic, or ALA as Lamborghini calls it … so I don’t think this will be another top-of-the-line super special edition that slots in above the SVJ, something like an Aventador GT for instance.
No, that teaser shot doesn’t seem to depict a brutal, barely street-legal version of the SVC12 racecar that’s also loosely based on the Aventador chassis, by the way, personally, I think it is in fact just a final production edition to take Lamborghini into the V12 hybrid successor model, with minor aerodynamic modifications compared to the Aventador S, a bit more power, but not 770 hp as on the SVJ, with some more tweaks to the suspension, four-wheel steering, and perhaps the brakes … but nothing earth-shattering, an upgraded Aventador S with some SVJ influence.
Or, the ‘timeless’ queue points to the legendary Lamborghini Countach and this new model will be an Aventador Countach Homage to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original supercar from Sant’Agata that introduced the automotive world to upward-opening doors that would become a trademark for all Lamborghini V12 flagship models to come since the 70s, whichever it will be, we’ll have to wait until the 7th of July to have an official introduction … but it will be a NA V12 Lamborghini … do we need to know more? Now, where’s my checkbook?