Lamborghini has ceased production of one of the greatest supercars ever, the Aventador, this month. When it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2011, the Aventador instantly captivated the imagination of supercar lovers with its gloriously sonorous 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, significant technological advancements, an extraordinary yet timeless design, and stupendous performance credentials. The new V12, churning out 700 hp at maximum 8,250 rpm, delivered an astounding 0-100kph acceleration in just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 350 kmh. The LP 700-4 set a new benchmark for super sports cars and went on to be its best-selling V12-powered model. In fact, Lamborghini has sold more Aventadors than the sum of all its previous V12 models. In the fifth year of production alone, the company delivered 5,000 units, matching the total number of Murciélago models produced, and delivered its 10,000th Aventador in September 2020. In total, Lamborghini delivered 11,465 units of the Aventador across all its variants.
Among the notable variants of the Aventador are the LP 750-4 Super Veloce unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in 2015 with a 50 hp power upgrade and a weight reduction of 50 kg, the Aventador S, unveiled at the 2017 Geneva show, and the Aventador SVJ, revealed at the Monterey Car Week in August 2018.
The final iteration of the Aventador, the last naturally aspirated V12 to be produced by Lamborghini, was announced in July 2021: the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae, combining the most iconic design and engineering elements from the Aventador S and SVJ. Although Lamborghini had announced the end of Aventador production once earlier, it was resumed after 15 LP780-4 Ultimae variants were lost as the Felicity Ace cargo ship sank in the Atlantic on March 1 this year. The last one off the production line was finished in a unique light blue colour created for the Swiss market by the brand’s Ad Personam customisation programme.
The Aventador also featured in several movies including Batman: the Dark Knight Rises in 2012, starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne who drove an Aventador LP 700-4, and in Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2014, in which an Aventador LP 700-4 appeared as the Decepticon villain Lockout.
As Lamborghini prepares for the transition to a hybrid-only lineup by 2024, these final Aventadors represent the end of the line for a flagship Lamborghini that does not have an electrified powertrain. Its successor is expected to combine a 12-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor.