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The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SV Jota Will Be the Ultimate Street Fighter

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 4/10/2018 CLIFFORD ATIYEH
Lamborghini Aventador Jota (spy photo)

What It Is: The final and most expletive-inspiring, flame-throwing chapter of the Lamborghini Aventador’s life story. The car may end up being called the SVJ, with the J standing for Jota, if a passel of Lamborghini fans get their way, anyway. (It’s possible Lamborghini may use its recent Performante moniker instead.) Jota was the name of a low-volume performance upgrade offered to owners of Lamborghini Miura SVs in the 1970s and Diablo SE30s in the 1990s; fewer than two dozen were built between the two models. The name also was referenced by a one-off Aventador created in 2012 for a wealthy customer. The Aventador model seen here will succeed the 2016 LP750-4 Superveloce, which easily could have served as the range-topping sendoff. But as these camouflaged photos show, that SV was only the start.

Why It Matters: All the supercar guys on Lamborghini’s list need the latest and most absurd toys. That, and the Huracán Performante threatens to overshadow the Aventador; it outpaced the half-million-dollar Aventador SV in every single one of our track tests, save for zero-to-180-mph acceleration and Lamborghini’s claimed top speed. The Jota must reclaim the Aventador’s position as the most extreme car from Sant’Agata.

Platform: The Aventador’s chassis shares absolutely nothing in common with any other car. Expect Lamborghini to refine the SV’s suspension and incorporate more of the lightweight Forged Composite elements and active aerodynamics seen in the Huracán Performante. Look for a roadster version, too.

Powertrain: The 6.5-liter V-12, without turbocharging or electric motors, spits out 730 horsepower in the Aventador S, up from the original LP700-4’s 691, while the SV hit 740. This engine often shoots actual flames from its exhaust (which didn’t help with engine-bay fires, a problem recently corrected in a recall). But if Porsche can build a 700-hp 911 and Ferrari can turn out the 789-hp 812 Superfast, you can bet Lamborghini engineers won’t sleep until their car nears or surpasses the 800 mark.

Competition: Ferrari 812 Superfast, McLaren Senna, Mercedes-AMG Project One.

Estimated Arrival and Price: Sometime in 2018 for at least $600,000.

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