The period of the Aventador involves an finish and the way! Hormazd Sorabjee drives the angriest bull of all of them.
This was a kind of days I knew can be laborious to beat for an extended, very long time. Superb climate, twisty roads snaking by stunning Italian countryside and a surprising blue Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-Four Ultimae roadster with the roof tucked away, all to myself.
Uncovered to the weather, the bellowing V12 engine inches behind my ears, an empty street in entrance of me and a transparent sky above my head was a visceral driving expertise, the likes of which solely a Lamborghini can ship. And this isn’t simply any Lamborghini.
Manufacturing of Aventador Ultimae is proscribed to 250 roadsters, 350 coupes.
For over a decade, the Aventador has been the last word Lamborghini and the Ultimae (Latin for closing or final) is the last word Aventador, probably the most excessive model but. And true to its title, the Ultimae is not only the newest by-product of the monstrous Aventador, however the closing one which marks the tip of an 11-year run of this iconic supercar.
The Ultimae can be the final Lamborghini to make use of V12 energy alone. The following-gen Aventador, due in 2023, can even be V12 powered, however could have an electrical motor for firm. Sure, future Aventadors will all be hybrids, and therefore, the Ultimae, on this context, marks the tip of an period of pure V12 combustion for Lamborghini. It’s an period that started in 1963 with the Italian marque’s first ever mannequin, the 350 GT. Subsequently, the fabled Lamborghini Miura was the quickest automobile on the earth when it was launched in 1966 and the 1974 Countach, a supercar that appeared prefer it had come from outer area, all used V12 energy as did their successors – the Diablo and Murcielago.
Legendary V12 showcased beneath glass cowl is a reminder of the glory days of inside combustion.
The V12 Aventador too has earned its place within the pantheon of supercar greats by resolutely sticking to the outdated world values of its predecessors. So earlier than the purity of the Aventador will get watered down with electrification, Lamborghini is giving just a few fortunate homeowners an opportunity to personal the unalloyed and undiluted Aventador at its naturally aspirated finest. And to that finish, Lamborghini, as a final hurrah, has taken the Aventador Ultimae to the subsequent degree so it could actually bow out in model.
Beast for the eyes
No supercar appears as quick or intimidating simply standing nonetheless because the angry-looking Aventador. This very huge and lengthy, wedge-shaped supercar is extra beautiful than stunning and drops jaws like nothing else on the roads, even in Italy the place it’s a standard sight.
Aventador’s acquainted design particulars nonetheless stand out at present.
The Ultimae doesn’t have a large aero wing or aero bits of the observe targeted SVJ, and bodywork isn’t as excessive or purposeful. What you get is an lively rear wing that has three positions and retracts into the tail when closed. The highlighted rear diffuser contrasts properly with the physique, and apart from being purposeful, is a surprising visible aspect too. The best way the scissor doorways swing open heavenwards is an integral a part of the Aventador drama and the roadster with out the roof appears much more beautiful than the coupe.
Scissor doorways an integral a part of the Aventador drama.
Eradicating the roof on the Aventador roadster is an advanced and guide course of. It’s important to unfasten a number of latches, take away pins, pop up the two-part carbon fibre roof and slot each items within the entrance trunk. So why did Lamborghini select this primitive (for a Rs 7 crore supercar) system as a substitute of a easy, electrically operated hood, which, like in most roadsters, peels again with the straightforward press of a button? An electrically operated folding roof that retracts beneath the engine cowl would have hidden the view of the wonderful V12 sitting beneath three sheets of glass, and that’s one thing Lamborghini simply didn’t need to do. And why would they?
V12 O’ CLOCK
The centrepiece of the Ultimae like every Aventador is its magnificent 6.5-litre V12 engine.
It’s been massaged to provide a staggering 780hp, which is 10hp greater than the already bonkers SVJ and 90hp greater than authentic Aventador LP700-Four launched in 2011. With this further shot of energy, the Ultimae will rocket from 0-100kph in 2.Eight seconds, thunder previous the 200kph mark in a time compressing 8.7 seconds, and given the street and area, will hit a high pace of 355kph. These figures make the Ultimae the quickest and strongest street going Lamborghini ever.
Driving an Ultimae Roadster with the highest off is a uncooked and visceral expertise.
The facility output of the Ultimae’s V12 is sort of unbelievable when you think about it’s been achieved with out the assistance of turbos or any type of electrification and by pure aspiration alone. It’s the equal of climbing Mt Everest with out oxygen and counting on simply your lungs. So is Lambo’s V12 the Reinhold Messner of engines? Sure, however with extra allure than the gritty mountaineer.
The attract of this lengthy standing V12 engine doesn’t lie within the report energy it produces, however what it represents – a bygone age of engines unsullied by turbos and hybridisation. This charismatic V12 depends on cubic capability to provide its humongous energy and has an old-fashioned allure few trendy engines can match. The moment throttle response, the spine-tingling sound and the way in which it revs embodies pure aspiration at its finest.
The V12’s attract isn’t about simply energy, however what it represents – a bygone age of engines unsullied by turbos and electrification.
Poke the lengthy journey throttle pedal and the response is rapid. The Ultimae is scarily fast ricocheting from nook to nook, the engine pulling with growing vigour because the revs rise. Previous 6,000rpm, the Ultimae simply explodes, the V12 howling ecstatically to its 8,700rpm restrict. It’s an operatic sound observe not like the rest you’ve heard, and with the roof eliminated, the combo of the wind and engine sound has a scrumptious rawness that’s an assault on all of your senses. The surroundings rushes previous in a single steady blur and on these twisty roads, the Ultimae is exhilarating and scary in equal measure. The one interruption to the relentless circulate of energy is the one clutch gearbox. Every upshift feels such as you’ve been struck by a lightning bolt, your head snaps forwards and backwards as energy is delivered briefly, and abruptly, between shifts. For some, the brutal gearshifts are a part of the Aventador’s allure, however for many, it’s one of many weak factors of the automobile that’s been unresolved because it was launched.
The Aventador shouldn’t be a simple automobile to deal with even on an open race observe, and on these tight roads with lumpy tarmac, it was fairly a handful, even in probably the most relaxed Strada mode. The dealing with has improved through the years and the Ulitmae advantages from the newest chassis tweaks, however you continue to must deal with this automobile with big respect. When you come to phrases with Aventador’s dynamics and discover your individual restrict (at all times preserve an enormous margin), you’ll experience how keen and fascinating the Ultimae is.
Ultimae will get 20-inch cast alloys in entrance and 21 inchers on the rear.
The steering is filled with life, has zero slack and communicates each ripple to your fingertips. I used to be amazed with how keen the Aventador was to show into corners and this sharp entrance finish chunk means that you can place this very huge supercar precisely on roads that appear to shrink round you. Even the minutest of your strikes is met with an prompt response, and it’s straightforward to get into a pleasant circulate on these roads that snake by Bolognese hills. Get near the restrict and there’s a touch of confidence inspiring understeer, however abruptly elevate off and you’ll really feel the hefty V12 eager to pivot behind you. That may be a bit disconcerting, particularly in probably the most excessive Corsa mode, the place the complete automobile feels prefer it’s cemented to the tarmac and has little compliance.
New seat materials with Ultimae brand stitched on.
It’s additionally whenever you’re going sluggish or caught in site visitors that you simply expose the weak factors of the Ultimae. The gearbox is clunky and jerky, rear visibility may be very poor, and therefore, keeping track of these huge haunches whereas driving down slim, single lane streets on the return to the Lamborghini HQ – Sant’Agata Bolognese – was fairly harrowing.
The dated infotainment system (there’s no touchscreen), which appears prefer it’s plucked from an outdated Audi, additionally betrays the Ultimae’s lineage. However it’s a lineage clients hanker for.
Inside appears dated, centre console makes it extra obvious
No shock then that the restricted run of 600 Ultimaes (250 roadsters and 350 coupes) are all spoken for. These wealthy few (together with a buyer again house) have put their cash down (upwards of Rs Eight crore in India), figuring out it’s their closing probability to personal the final pure, however unpolished diamond of the supercar world in addition to an thrilling and exhilarating slice of a wonderful previous.