Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae — Last of the V12 Lambos?

© Automobili LamborghiniLamborghini Aventador Ultimae
Since its premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Aventador has reigned as the flagship sports car of legendary Italian automaker Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. After 10 years of Aventador variants, this extreme machine has run its course, but it won’t be going quietly. Today the automaker introduces the Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae — a fitting final chapter of the V12-powered exotic before it gets replaced with an upcoming high-performance plug-in hybrid.

© Automobili LamborghiniConcluding an Extraordinary Era
“The Aventador LP 780-4 denotes the final, purest, timeless naturally-aspirated production V12 Lamborghini,” noted President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini Stephan Winkelmann. “It delivers the essential twelve-cylinder experience in terms of inimitable design, engineering solutions and the most emotive driving experience, and is the definitive Aventador concluding an extraordinary era,” Winkelmann enthused. “The Aventador was destined to become a classic from launch, and the Aventador LP 780-4 is the most beautiful expression of timeless design and technical solutions in a final edition: Ultimae,” concluded Winkelmann.

© Automobili LamborghiniCoupe and Roadster
The Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae combines the style and sophistication of the Aventador S with the extreme performance of the Aventador SVJ to create a special limited-edition offering. Available as both coupe or roadster, the Ultimae will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England later this week.

© Automobili LamborghiniV12 Power
This ultimate Aventador draws power from a 6.5-liter V12 engine producing an astounding 770 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque, directed to the road via Lamborghini’s permanent four-wheel-drive system. The system is designed to allow more torque to the rear axle on launch to allow “sporty but safe over-steer behavior.” We’ll take Lambo’s word for it. The big V12 gets paired with a lightweight 7-speed Independent Shifting Rod gearbox with automatic shifts that take a mere 50 milliseconds.

© Automobili LamborghiniExtreme Performance
When this Aventador drives off into the sunset, it will do so at extreme velocity. Thanks to ultimate power and traction, the Ultimae can reach 62 mph (100kph) in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph (200kph) in 8.7 seconds and the car will ultimately reach 220 mph as it disappears beyond the horizon. Stopping power is equally impressive — the Aventador 780-4 can be hauled to a stop from 62 mph in less than 100 feet thanks to large, ventilated carbon-ceramic brakes.

© Automobili LamborghiniLightweight
It takes more than a big V12 engine to create a car with the level of performance found in the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae. The supercar features a lightweight, rigid carbon fiber monocoque as well as extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the vehicle. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae has a dry weight of only 3,400 pounds, creating the same power-to-weight ratio as the Aventador SVJ, which at one time was the fastest production car around the legendary Nurburgring-Nordschleife racing circuit in Germany.

© Automobili LamborghiniFour-Wheel Steering
This final Aventador gets improved handling thanks to its four-wheel steering system. At low speeds, the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction of the front wheels for better maneuverability, while at high speeds stability and agility are enhanced by the rear wheels steering in the same direction as the front wheels. Rear-axle actuators activate in 5 milliseconds based on the driver’s steering inputs.

© Automobili LamborghiniFunctional Design
The Lamborghini Aventador LP-780-4 Ultimae has a new front splitter that directs airflow for better aerodynamic efficiency as well as improved engine and radiator cooling. Air ducts in the front bumper — as well as side air inlets — reduce air turbulence from the front tires, further optimizing airflow.

© Automobili LamborghiniActive Aero
At the rear, the Ultimae gets a lightweight bumper with two large integrated exhaust outlets. The rear wing functions as part of the Aventador’s active aero system and can be placed into one of three positions — closed, maximum performance and maximum handling. The system sets up the car’s overall balance based on a selected drive mode.

© Automobili LamborghiniDrive Modes
The driver of this ultimate Aventador has a choice of four drive modes: STRADA, SPORT, CORSA and EGO. These automatically configure the Aventador’s active suspension, traction control, engine, gearbox, steering and four-wheel-drive systems for optimum performance.

© Automobili LamborghiniColors
For the final Aventador, Lamborghini designers created a new selection of colors and materials, permitting owners of these limited-edition coupes and roadsters to add personal touches to their instant collectibles. The Aventador has 18 standard colors as well as more than 300 additional colors available through Lamborghini’s Ad Personam personalization service.

© Automobili LamborghiniCoupe Launch Colors
At launch the Ultimae coupe gets painted in two-tone matte grays of Grigio Acheso and Grigio Teca, along with matte red Rosso Mimir accents. The interior is swathed in black leather and Alcantara, with stitching and other accents matching the exterior grays. Silver Dianthus 20” and 21” (front and rear) wheels complete the picture.

© Automobili LamborghiniRoadster Launch Colors
Lamborghini will launch the Ultimae Roadster in Blu Tawaret and Blu Nethuns, with roof panes in high-gloss carbon fiber.

© Automobili LamborghiniInterior
Inside, the final Aventador is a blend of luxury and high-tech with a customizable digital dashboard display, Apple CarPlay and a Lamborghini telemetry system for those planning on taking the Aventador to the track. An available laser cut Y pattern can be found on seats and dashboard, with the Ultimae name embroidered into the seat bolsters.

© Automobili LamborghiniLimited Edition
Lamborghini will build 350 coupe and 250 roadster versions of the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae, and they will be the final tribute to the current Lamborghini V12 flagship. Although the Ultimae marks the end of an era at Lamborghini, enthusiasts can look forward with much anticipation to its replacement, which should be introduced sometime next year.

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