Lamborghini’s iconic V12 engine is coming to an end – at least as we know it. As a celebration of its legacy, Lamborghini has unveiled the Aventador Ultimae, which coincidentally, will also be the last Aventador.
And what a way to celebrate. Lamborghini calls this, quite literally, the ultimate Aventador – combining all the best bits from every variant over its 10 years of existence into one single “best hits” album.
Paired to a 7-speed independent shifting rod (ISR) gearbox, which shifts in fewer than 50 milliseconds, the Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae propels itself from a standstill to 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds, onward to a top speed of 355 km/h.
In order to put all 780 hp to the ground, Lamborghini says that they’ve designed the Aventador Ultimae with “state of the art aerodynamic performance”. We’ll spare you the technical mumbo jumbo, but in essence, every surface on the car is designed to channel air around the aerodynamic devices and optimise cooling performance.
The large diffusers on the rear bumpers are subtle by Lamborghini standards, but when paired to the active rear wing, the aero performance can supposedly match the track-focused SVJ, all while maintaining the sleek and elegant looks of the Aventador S – truly, the best of both worlds.
With a more generous application of carbon fibre parts, the coupe variant also manages to shed 25 kg off the weight of an Aventador S, resulting in better handling capabilities and stopping power – Lamborghini is particularly proud of the latter, stating that the carbon composite brakes can stop the Ultimae from 100 km/h in just 30 metres.
And to top it all off, the Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae also comes as standard with all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering to let you extract every last ounce of performance of the ultimate Aventador.
“The Aventador LP 780-4 denotes the final, purest, timeless naturally-aspirated production V12 Lamborghini,“ says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, “the definitive Aventador concluding an extraordinary era.”
“It is the last of its kind: it delivers the maximum power and conclusive performance expected from Lamborghini’s current V12 engine, combined with our inimitable flagship’s design DNA. The Aventador was destined to become a classic from launch, and the Aventador LP 780-4 is the most beautiful expression of timeless design and technical solutions in a final edition: Ultimae.”
Only 350 coupe and 250 roadster variants of the Aventador Ultimae will be built, and with all the added performance, not to mention the whole notion of “the last ever Aventador”, this one definitely won’t be cheap.
But see, you’re not just buying a superfast hypercar – you’re also buying a piece of historical relic, a mark of the end of an era. It’s not just an Aventador, it’s the ultimate “best of the best” of Lamborghini’s V12 – and we’d say that any amount of money is worth it.