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Lamborghini Aventador SV brings its 740bhp V12 to Geneva

With 740bhp and a £285,000 price tag, the Lamborghini Aventador SV has stormed into the Geneva show

The 2015 Geneva Motor Show is hardly lacking supercars, but that hasn't stopped one Italian brand from bringing something special along: the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce.

It's known as the Aventador SV to most, and is lighter, more powerful and more aerodynamically efficient than the Aventador it's based on, which happened to be the most successful V12 Lamborghini ever.

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Apparently this car is “the most pure incarnation of a Lamborghini to date” and that claim is backed up with some seriously impressive performance figures. 

Power from the naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 has been upped to 740bhp in the Aventador SV, with the permanent four-wheel-drive system helping crack 0-62mph in just 2.8 seconds and giving a top speed in excess of 217mph. 

Not satisfied with boosting power, Lamborghini has shaved 50kg from the Aventador SV's kerbweight, bringing it down to 1,525kg. An extensive weight loss programme has seen the firm’s engineers replace the door panels, rocker covers and bumpers with carbon fibre versions, while the carbon fibre monocoque chassis from the standard model stays put.

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Other mechanical changes include the addition of new Magneto Rheological Suspension (MRS), which adjusts the damping on each individual wheel when cornering, helping increase cornering speed and suppress body roll. Carbon ceramic brakes and a new titanium exhaust system will also be fitted as standard. 

The SV treatment applied to the Aventador also brings a thorough visual overhaul. The front-end now features a menacing carbon fibre bumper with matching side skirts along the flanks, while an exposed carbon fibre rear diffuser housing quad tailpipes has been added around the back.

The new racing-style fixed rear wing can be manually adjusted to one of three settings, boosting the aerodynamic effect at the rear by 15 per cent. As a whole, the new aero package generates 170 per cent more downforce than the standard Aventador.

Inside, the SV is the first production Lamborghini to wear the brand’s Carbon Skin material – the lightest and strongest application of CFRP (carbon fibre-reinforced plastic) materials. The woven carbon fibre fabric trims the roof lining, sports seats and other sections of the cabin. Lamborghini has confirmed pricing for the Aventador SV at £285,804, with the first customers set to receive their cars in late spring 2015. 

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