Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae 780-4 gives their top bull a send-off
Lamborghini was one of the final few manufacturers who genuinely stood up for combustion engines when the entire world moved to EVs. Apart from the mild-hybrid Sian, Lambo had mostly stayed away from electrification. But the inevitable will happen soon, and the first casualty will be their famed V12. Before the big mill walks into oblivion, Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae 780-4 debuts as the most powerful V12 Lambo yet, singing a proper swan song to the 12-pot monster.
Latin for “Last”, the Ultimae is a bitter-sweet offering. The sweet end is that the Aventador Ultimae sports the most powerful iteration of the legendary V12 unit. The uprated 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 unleashes 769 hp, more than what the hardcore Aventador SVJ made. Torque is identical to the SVJ, at 531 Nm. To make matters more interesting, the Aventador Ultimae chops some flesh off and weighs less than the Aventador S, at 1,550 kg.
Though the V12 mounted on the back is quite old, the Ultimae is in no mood to slow down. The 0-100 kph run is just a blur, taking 2.8 seconds. AT the same pace, the 200 kph barrier will be breached within 8.7 seconds from a standstill. The top speed is quite respectable, at 335 kph. The Aventador Ultimae is offered in both coupe and roadster formats. Both of these models offer four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-steering.
The Lamborghini Ad Personam customisation program lets the customers finish their Aventador Ultimae in any of the 300 special hues, apart from the 18 standard colours. Wheel options include 20- and 21-inch units, shod with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres. The Aventador Ultimae’s aim is to combine the luxury of the Aventador S and the performance of the SVJ. Thus, the interior is as plush as the Aventador S. It also gets numbered badging to signify it is one of either the 350 coupes or 250 roadsters that will be built.
Now to the bitter end of the deal. As we know, the Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae is the last of its fabled kind. Lamborghini has also announced that by 2024, all their cars will be electrified. So years down the line, forced induction may be assisted by electricity, or may not exist at all. But as a silver lining to this cloud, Lamborghini has confirmed that the replacement for the Aventador will have a V12, albeit a completely new one.