Soon as Lamborghini’s hardcore Huracan Performante was swiftly dethroned by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS upon slaying the Nurburgring production car lap record, we knew there would its honour would need to be avenged. Meet the counterpuncher from camp Sant’Agata: the Aventador SVJ.
We’ve only heard murmurs about its existence, and it’s name had not been reliably pinned down until recently, but this teaser shows that Lamborghini is serious about retaking the Nurburgring crown. Though, we’re also pretty sure that they would have rolled out the SVJ regardless of Porsche’s involvement. Ironic, this faux rivalry, since both automakers are owned by the Volkswagen Group.
Anywho, the SVJ name stems from the merging of the term ‘Super Veloce' and ‘Jota’ - both of them have been previously deployed to denote particularly fast or track-prepared examples of the breed. Its emergence here also hints that the possible demise of the Aventador is on the horizon, and that its presumed victory over the 911 around the Nordschleife will be a fitting swan song to the V12 supercar.
Just as before, it’s likely that Lamborghini have already beaten the GT2 RS’ lap time but the reveal of which is being slowly dripped out for complicated marketing reasons. However, even if that’s the case, Porsche will still be able to brag about bagging the Green Hell’s all-time record recently in the 919 Hybrid Evo, a modified version of their LMP1 racer.
With the aforesaid Huracan Performante as a reference point, we can imagine the Aventador SVJ being engineered around Lamborghini’s ALA (Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva, or Lamborghini Active Aerodynamics) technology, which uses a combination of spoilers and ducts to manage drag and downforce, increasing or decreasing them according to the needs of the moment and allowing the car to be as slippery as possible at high speed or ground-hugging around corners.
Weight will also be a concern, with the SVJ being stripped of any unnecessary mass present in the standard car. Finally, the Aventador’s 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 will be the other point of change, with some positing that a tune close to 600kW has been achieved with lightened internals, higher cylinder compression, and an increased redline.
Should that be the case, the Lambo could be significantly more powerful at the top end and even slightly lighter than the Porsche depending on how much exotic material the company has chosen to use in the SVJ’s construction.
Because the Nurburgring has a high average speed that favours fast corners, the 911’s turbocharged torque and finger-numbing acceleration might not give it too much of an advantage over the linear power and torque delivery of the Aventador’s larger naturally aspirated engine.
It’s also important to consider that the SVJ will likely retain its all-wheel drive system just as the Huracan Performante did, giving it greater bite during turn in. Useful given that the circuit 73 corners over its 20.83km lap length.