Automobili Lamborghini SpA showcased their latest V12 flagship model in a digital debut, with the car’s official public launch happening at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The model, christened the Aventador Ultimae, is particularly significant as it marks the end of the Aventador era. This final model of Lamborghini Aventador, the Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae, is also the last naturally-aspirated V12 in Lamborghini’s illustrious history.
Starting with the Lamborghini 350 GT in 1963, Lamborghini has been manufacturing V12-powered cars, with the 1966 Lamborghini Miura heralded as the world’s first supercar. This evergreen V12 legacy will finally conclude in the year 2022, when the last of the 600 Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae models roll off the assembly line in Sant’Agata, Bologna. Lamborghini plans to manufacture 350 units of the LP780-4 Ultimae Coupe and exactly 250 units of the Ultimae Roadster, each individually numbered for uniqueness.
The Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae: Power with Elegance
The Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae stands ready as the most potent version of the Aventador lineup. Lamborghini’s trusted 6.5-liter V-12 L539 engine powers this beast, with careful optimizations yielding 769 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque due to valve timing enhancements. Any Aventador road car has yet to see this peak power level, which impressively kicks in at a staggering 8,500 rpm. It’s expected to produce an awe-inspiring sound at full throttle.
The Aventador’s 7-speed independent shifting rod transmission distributes this enormous power to all four wheels. Lamborghini touts a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 2.8 seconds (for the Coupe variant) and 2.9 seconds (for the Roadster), pushing the top speed to around 220 mph.
The Ultimae harnesses the Aventador SVJ’s power, which is subtly tweaked to squeeze out an extra 10hp, and pairs it with the body design of the Aventador S. However, it lacks the Active Lamborghini Aerodynamics (ALA) system. Mirroring the Porsche 911 GT3, the Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae marries raw power and a refined aesthetic in a masterful blend. Its design carefully veils its mighty engine under a subdued exterior, showcasing a unique balance of extreme power and understatement.
Unique Exterior Design Features of the Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae
Though the Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae includes the side sills and rear section of the Aventador SVJ, its front bumper is taken directly from the Aventador S. Additionally, the Ultimae model doesn’t require a newly designed front bumper or bespoke engine cover due to the absence of the ALA system. Lamborghini made minor changes to the side sills and introduced color coding for the intake area to match the rest of the body.
The rear section of the Ultimae is what Lamborghini describes as a “celebration of the SVJ’s track-oriented heritage.” The rear wing, which is a part of the active aero system, can be set to three different positions for varying performance levels. The car also boasts vortex generators at the front and rear of the chassis underside.
Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae Interiors: A Fusion of Sporty and Elegant
The interior of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae is a blend of sporty design and elegance. It features fine materials like carbon fiber and Alcantara laser-cut with the Y-motif pattern for upholstery. This blend of sophisticated design and exclusive materials ensures an elevated driving experience for both the Coupe and Roadster versions of the Ultimae.
The price for this ultimate Lamborghini Aventador isn’t officially announced, but it’s believed that the Coupe will start at $498,258 before options, while the Roadster will start at $546,847. Considering its uniqueness, the Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae could quickly become a collector’s item, as it’s the final Aventador ever, and only 350 Coupe and 250 Roadster units will be produced.
CEO’s Take on the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae
President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, Stephan Winkelmann, expressed his views on the Aventador LP 780-4, stating that it is the “final, purest, timeless naturally-aspirated production V12 Lamborghini.”
The Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae concludes a decade-long evolution that began with the Aventador LP700-4 taking over from the Murciélago. Over these years, we’ve seen 27 models using the Aventador carbon fiber monocoque chassis, including the Veneno, Centenario, and Sian. The last of these fantastic supercars will roll off the assembly line next year.
The Future of Lamborghini
Rumor has it that the successor to the Lamborghini Aventador will debut in 2023. This model will be Lamborghini’s first actual production hybrid car, signaling the end of the aspirated V12 era for Lamborghini.