Lamborghini confirms Aventador SVJ

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Lamborghini's new Aventador variant spied testing in recent months will be called the Aventador SVJ, the Italian firm confirmed Friday.

Lamborghini diehards will recognize the name from the Miura SVJ of the 1970s, an extremely limited hardcore version of the Miura based on the one-off Miura Jota prototype developed by Bob Wallace to meet the FIA's Appendix J racing regulations. Jota is the Spanish pronunciation for the letter J.

Likewise, the new Aventador SVJ will likely also feature limited production and a hardcore setup aimed at improving track performance. There are rumors the car has managed to break the 6:47.3 production car lap record for the Nürburgring, set by Porsche's latest 911 GT2 RS last fall.

There could be some substance to the rumors since our first official look at the Aventador SVJ is a video that shows the car at the Nürburgring and a driver who appears to be getting a briefing from engineers from Pirelli, which supplies tires for Lamborghini. We even get a glimpse at a set of Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R in the short teaser clip.

Expect the Aventador SVJ to run Lamborghini's 6.5-liter V-12 with an output close to 800 horsepower. Also benefiting the car should be an all-wheel-drive system and a version of the downforce generating Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA) active aerodynamics system that debuted on the Huracán Performante. The system adjusts airflow around and through the car to control drag and downforce levels.

We also know from spy shots that the car will feature a number of visual tweaks over the other Aventador variants. These will include a new front splitter, new side skirts, a new rear diffuser, and a huge rear wing. The car will also feature its exhaust tips mounted up near the taillights.

The Aventador SVJ is due to make its debut later this year, so stay tuned.

 
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