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Refreshing or Revolting: Lamborghini Aventador SV

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/13/2015 Karla Sanchez
Lamborghini Aventador LP 750 4 Superveloce Front Three Quarter 01© Provided by MotorTrend Lamborghini Aventador LP 750 4 Superveloce Front Three Quarter 01

Remember the Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670–4 SuperVeloce (SV)? Of course you do. The supercar debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show packing 661 hp as part of the extreme SV treatment. Six years later, the Murcielago’s successor, the Aventador, gets the same extreme treatment with a beastly V-12 engine and tons of track-focused elements. But which supercar wore the SV outfit better? Let’s take a look at the differences below.

One performance enhancement that comes with the treatment is a matte-black large carbon fiber front splitter, and while both the Aventador SV and Murcielago SV wear one, it looks a bit different on each model. The Murci’s front splitter appears to protrude out more like an underbite, while the Aventador’s appears to be more tightly tucked in. In addition, the Aventador SV has a body-colored trim piece in the lower front fascia, while the Murcielago’s is all black. The Aventador’s smaller headlights and rounder nose also give its front end a completely new look compared to its predecessor.

From the side, the Aventador’s sharper character line on the beltline emphasizes the deepness of the side vent, which is much more exaggerated than the one on the Murcielago. Both keep the “SV” badge, though the Aventador wears the moniker near the rear wheel instead at the front. The Aventador SV also adds an extra V-shaped gash in front of the rear wheel while the Murcielago’s sheetmetal keeps an overall clean and smooth look.

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Refreshing or Revolting: Lamborghini Aventador SV

Around back, both supercars boast tons of blacked out carbon fiber pieces, though the lightweight material is more prominent on the Aventador SV since it has a more sharply defined rear and the sideways Y shape incorporated on the taillights. Both cars also proudly wear a massive carbon fiber rear wing, though the one on the Aventador SV appears to be mounted a bit lower. While the Murcielago’s overall rear end looks smooth, the Aventador SV’s looks wild in comparison with all the angles and the vertical fins on the rear diffuser, emphasizing all the matte black carbon fiber bits. Inside, both cars get the Y-shaped design cue on certain surfaces with tons of Alcantara all over the cabin.

Does the Lamborghini Aventador SV improve on the Murcielago SV, or is it too busy? Let us know in the comments below.

Last week’s edition of Refreshing or Revolting focused on the Ferrari 488 GTB, which the majority of readers found to be an improvement over its predecessor.

“Awesome. Take an amazing car and take it to the next level. Refreshing by all means,” said Blue 100612.

“Refreshing. Just the right nips and tucks to keep the body fresh and a very interesting new engine,” said Stew.

lampert_steve was on the same page, saying, “I do love the huge air intake on the side, it makes it look much more exotic than the 458 Italia.”

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