Lamborghini discontinues production of the naturally aspirated V12 Aventador

Italian supercar maker Automobili Lamborghini has announced it will end production of the naturally aspirated V12 Aventador at its plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. The last model to roll off the assembly line, marking the end of the V12 era, is the LP 780-4 Ultimae Roadster with 791 hp and 720 Nm of torque.

The Aventador made its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show under the name Aventador LP 700-4. The vehicle’s research and development program was led by Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer, Maurizio Reggiani, who worked closely with the Centro Stile’s design department to ensure a clean approach.

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The supercar benefited from a new naturally aspirated 6.5-litre 60˚ V12 rear engine – also known as the L539 – which was developed entirely in-house. With an output of 710 hp at 8,250 rpm and a torque of 690 Nm, the Aventador with its permanent all-wheel drive was able to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 350 km/h. The V12 powertrain was partnered with the OEM’s robotized Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) single-shift transmission, selected for its small size, light weight and 50ms shift times.

A lightweight one-piece carbon fiber monocoque was selected, the first of its kind for a production car. The monocoque weighed 147.5 kg and was manufactured using our own, patented RTM-Lambo process. The construction ensures maximum torsional rigidity and a high level of safety for driver and passenger.

To ensure the Aventador handles as OEM intended, a Formula 1 inspired pushrod suspension system was fitted. This was aided by a central control unit that controlled the electronic systems, engine, transmission, differential, stability and steering via the Strada, Sport and Corsa driving mode settings.

Other notable versions of the model were the Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce, which was first presented at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Engineers had improved peak power by 51 hp and reduced the vehicle’s overall weight by 50 kg, resulting in a 2:1 weight-to-power ratio. The upgrades delivered 0-100km/h in just 2.8 seconds and allowed the supercar to set the lap record for production cars on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 2016 with a time of 6:59:75, driven by Pirelli test driver Marco Mapelli .

“The Lamborghini Aventador was groundbreaking when it was launched and has been Lamborghini’s flagship model in 11 years of production,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “The V12 engine has been part of Lamborghini’s heritage since the company’s beginnings; the beating heart of models from Miura to Diablo, Countach to Murciélago.

“The Aventador, upon its debut in 2011, captured Lamborghini’s design and engineering expertise with the Lamborghini values ​​that are always at the heart of the company’s and product drive: clean, futuristic design; benchmarking performance; and addressing technical challenges with innovation to produce the most emotional, best-in-class supercars. These principles are the essence of the Lamborghini Aventador and ensure its timeless appeal.”

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