The stated performance of the Lamborghini Aventador SV is a story in and of itself. Zero to 100 km/h comes along in a very big hurry: 2.8 seconds. The Lamborghini will even sprint to 200 km/h in less time than it takes the average car to hit 100: 8.6 seconds. Top speed is a bit more of a vague figure with the press release only indicating somewhere in excess of 350 km/h.
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First, as you’d gather from the name alone, one of the big changes is to the output of the naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V-12 — 37 additional kW has been extracted (taking output to 552kW) through changes to the variable valve timing and variable intake system. A lightweight exhaust system with reduced back pressure and a more sonorous effect has also served to boost the inherent appeal of the engine. These changes have also produced a richer torque curve, while redline has been lifted to 8500 rpm.
All told, Lamborghini Aventador SV is 50kg lighter than the base coupe, an improvement reached by using lightweight forged alloy wheels, as well as carbonfibre for the door panels, rocker panels, fixed air intakes and rear wing. On the inside, carbonfibre bucket seats and door panels slash more weight, while the removal of carpet, extra sound insulation and the infotainment system has also chipped in. (The infotainment system can be added back in as a no-cost option.)
The lightweight rear wing is manually adjustable to one of three settings; the angle can be changed to either produce more downforce or to reduce drag, altering the aerodynamic balance of the car by as much as 15 per cent. The ground effects from the wing are augmented by a completely different front and rear fascia.
The front has been completely redesigned to include larger air intakes for better brake cooling and two separate wings, one in carbonfibre and one painted in the colour of the car. At the back, the look is also entirely different; the large, exposed rear diffuser with vertical fins also incorporates carbon fiber has been to reduce weight. In bigger news, the new front and rear design create a car with 150 per cent more aerodynamic efficiency than the standard Aventador. Even more critically, overall down force has increased by 170 per cent.
The goal behind the revised suspension was to slash body roll without sacrificing ride quality — in order for the aerodynamics to work their magic, the attitude of Lamborghini Aventador SV needed to be as constant as possible.
The latest Lamborghini is also an eye-opener when you consider the changes that haven’t been made. The hardware on the braking system, which was the focus of criticism from other outlets during track tests of the base version, has not been touched in the least. The ABS programming has received some revisions, but the carbon ceramic discs (400mm in the front; 380mm at the back) are identical, as are the calipers (six in the front; four at the back) and the brake pads.
While the feel of the brakes on Lamborghini Aventador SV is far more ideal—initial pedal application has a vagueness that is troubling when coming down from high speeds—it’s also true that the brakes did the job. They were required to haul the car down from triple-digit speeds in very short order and they completed the task without fail.
The other area of concern, the transmission, performed even better. While the Italian concern opted to give the Huracan a dual-clutch automatic transmission instead of the single-clutch featured on the Gallardo, they have held fast with the ISR 7-speed for the Aventador SV.
Lamborghini hails the ISR as “the fastest automated manual gearbox in the world” and there’s really no reason to doubt this statement. Shifts are clocked in as little as 50 milliseconds and the combination of the gear changes and the sheer power of the SV makes the car feel like an overgrown shifter kart.
There’s yet another impressive fact about Lamborghini Aventador SV: It’s posted a lap time around the Nordschleife of under seven minutes—a time of 6:59.73, to be precise. According to the figures researched as of this writing, that is the fourth-best production car lap of all time and just two seconds off the pace of the Porsche 918 Spyder.
At this point, all that’s left to say about 2016 Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce is just… wow.