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Recently published spy shots show a Lamborghini Aventador test mule with different exhaust pipes mounted higher up, just as we’ve seen on the Huracan Performante, and if we take a closer look at the front bumper it seems they are also experimenting with ALA on this V12 prototype … could this be a new evolution of the flagship model, perhaps the swan song for the Aventador as we might be seeing a successor in 2020 or 2021.

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Back in 2011 the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show as the new V12 flagship from Sant’Agata to succeed the Murciélago, the Aventador became an instant success, quickly outselling the Murciélago, with the Aventador Roadster introduced in late 2012 and the 50th Anniversary edition, called the Aventador LP720-4 from 2013, the lineup was quickly expanded beyond the standard model.

At the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show the impressive Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce was introduced, a limited edition top of the line V12 model, only 600 Coupé and 500 Roadster versions would be available to the public, thanks to the increase in power and the aggressive styling the entire production run quickly sold out and even today prices on the Superveloce are still above MSRP.

Six years after the original LP700-4, Lamborghini unveiled a mid-life update … the Aventador S, with slightly more power (740 instead of the original 700), rear wheel steering, modified suspension and a more aggressive styling, this evolution of the V12 flagship is now very desirable … a Roadster version of the Aventador S hasn’t been officially introduced, but a test mule has been photographed already, so it is only a matter of time for the open top variant of the V12 to be updated too.

With this update being shown only a few weeks ago it is obvious the Lamborghini Aventador will be in production for at least another three or four years, which means we won’t be seeing a real V12 successor until 2020 or 2021 … but will the Aventador S be the final model? I’m sure it won’t be.

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I think by the end of 2018 or early 2019 we will be able to admire yet another evolution of the Aventador heritage, most likely the final edition, more power, more aggressive styling and probably limited in production … a worthy swan song for the most successful V12 model ever to be built in Sant’Agata.

The black test mule captured on camera recently showed a slightly modified front bumper, but the best part could be seen at the rear .. .a pair of big, round exhaust pipes sitting above the original rear bumper, just like on the Performante. So Lamborghini is testing the next evolution of their V12 on the open road already.

It would be totally logical to transplant the ALA system from the Huracan Performante, which has been developed by Automobili Lamborghini SpA, onto their flagship model, so a less restricted exhaust system, an active aerodynamic system on the front spoiler and rear wing with a modified engine cover, a more aggressive lower diffuser at the rear and an increase in power to 780 or 790 hp coupled to a weight loss could mean the new Lamborghini Aventador could shatter the Nürburgring record time from the Performante again.

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If this new, limited edition Lamborghini Aventador could be called GT isn’t sure, but it would make sense if we look at the Diablo range, the Diablo SV was also the more potent version of the Diablo VT while at the end of the production the Diablo GT with only 80 units became the most sought-after Lamborghini from that era … having the Aventador Superveloce earlier on in the production life with an Aventador GT at the end might make total sense now, but unlike the Diablo GT we might even be seeing an Aventador GT Roadster …