New 769bhp Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae unveiled as supercar’s final hurrah
The Ultimae is the most extreme version of the Lamborghini Aventador to date, with an extra 39bhp and some lairy styling tweaks
Production will be limited to just 600 examples, separated into 350 coupes and 250 roadsters. It's set to start around £342,000, so more than the £285,000 Aventador S but less than the £365,000 Aventador SVJ.
It’s powered by a tuned version of the supercar’s naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine, which produces 769bhp and 720Nm of torque. To phrase it in a different way, that’s 39bhp and 30Nm more than you get in the Aventador S.
The engine is still mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive system, but the extra grunt has trimmed the Aventador’s 0–62mph time by a tenth of a second to 2.8 seconds. Top speed has also risen from 217mph to 220mph.
It also gets staggered 20/21-inch alloy wheels, adaptive dampers and the same four-wheel steering system as the Aventador S. The chassis control system is similar, too, giving buyers a choice of Strada, Sport and Corsa driving modes, as well as a customisable “Ego” setting.
To complement the extra power, Lamborghini has given the Aventador Ultimae a few styling tweaks, chief of which is the new front bumper with its dedicated splitter and intake design.
The brand says it has similar aerodynamic performance to the unit fitted to the Aventador SVJ, while the larger intake directs air under the car to help cool the engine. The extra ripples ahead of the front wheel arches also smooth out the air around the wheel arches. Lamborghini has also kept the Aventador S’s active rear spoiler, which has three positions depending on the selected drive mode.
There are 18 standard colours to choose from, although Lamborghini says that its Ad Personam customisation service opens up a choice of more than 300 paint finishes. The Ultimae Roadster also comes with a visible carbon fibre roof.
As illustrated by Lamborghini’s images, the vanes in the Aventador Ultimae’s front bumper can also be picked out in a contrasting colour. The theme is echoed around the rest of the car, with similar highlights for the fins in the rear diffuser.
Inside, you’ll find the same sports seats as in the Aventador S, although the “Ultimae” badge has been embroidered into the bolster. The dashboard has a unique plaque which marks each car’s place in the limited edition build series.
Lamborghini’s electrification strategy
Believe it or not, the V12-engined Aventador Ultimae plays a key part in Lamborghini’s roadmap towards electrification, the first phase of which the company calls “Celebrating the Combustion Engine”.
This and a further V12-engined model will pay tribute to the company’s most long-lived powertrain, before the brand starts moving towards a fully hybridised line-up from 2023.
Lamborghini is expected to reveal its second “last hurrah” V12 supercar later this year at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Details are yet to be confirmed, but rumours suggest it’ll also be some sort of limited-run special edition model.
From 2024, Lamborghini will have an electrified powertrain in all of its vehicles and, by the end of the decade, we’re expecting to see the company’s first pure-electric vehicle.
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