Need for speed in Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce
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ITALIAN SUPERCAR UNITS SELL OUT IN JUST THREE MONTHS
In Italian, Superveloce means “super fast” and there’s a very good reason the Lamborghini Aventador super sports car gets that adjective on its name badge.
Just days before the event the Aventador SV made news for posting a sub 7-minute lap (6’59”) on the famous Nurburgring circuit (below) during testing of its Pirelli tyres. That time was two seconds faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder’s time.
Lamborghini’s Research and Development director, Maurizio Reggiani, told Driven at the Barcelona launch that he was extremely happy with the result of the performance from the V12.
“We had a target for performance for the car and it exceeded our expectations,” said Reggiani.
Did he think that the Nurburgring time would help with the reputation of the super sports car?
And since the Barcelona event, the Aventador SV has made news for selling out around the world.
With 600 units produced, 500 were pre-sold but now the final 100 vehicles have been snapped up.
The spread has been even worldwide with 200 units for North and South America, 200 to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and the final 200 supercars arrive in Asia Pacific countries, including New Zealand.
“We hope to sell four to five here in New Zealand based on numbers of Anniversary LP720-4 we sold,” Brinck said.
After the week-long press launch of the SV, the Circuit de Catalunya, was open to Lamborghini owners to attend a driver academy event and Brinck said seven Kiwis had travelled to attend the event.
The Circuit de Catalunya that recently played host to F1 and will have the MotoGP in attendance on June 14, so 12 supercars screaming along the straight wasn’t out of place.
Top speed sits at 350km/h with 0-100km in 2.8 seconds.
Weight has been reduced by 50kg to 1525kg due to extensive use of carbon fibre in the body with aluminium front and rear frames plus a carbon-fibre rear wing that is adjustable in three positions.
The all-wheel-drive gets improved aerodynamic balance which improves efficiency 150 per cent over the standard Aventador, plus what Lamborghini says is a first in production cars, lateral strut-type magnetic shocks.
It sits at 4835mm long, 2030mm wide, 1136mm high with winged doors and gains a new lower front to “make it recognisable at a distance” we’re told at the press briefing just before we hit the track at Barcelona.
We head out in groups of four cars with Lamborghini test pilota Marco Passerini heading my group and with the aim to keep up with his “regular” Aventador.