Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae requires your full attention

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The experience of the last V12 to honor Lamborghini production through the birthplace of the automaker Sant’Agata Bolognese was a wonderful moment – a moment full of history and responsibility.

(Lamborghini flew me to Bologna, Italy, put me in a hotel, fed me great food and left me in the countryside with the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae.)

Many of today’s supposedly designed supercars are created with the newly causal or wealthy owner in mind (a group that has It has grown exponentially during COVID-19 pandemic). Brands like McLaren or Porsche are spreading their racing heritage in their consumer cars, and true enthusiasts can spend money on more interesting models, most of which are generally safe and easy to operate. Lamborghini does this, too – the Urus is the brand’s bestseller – but it also produces the most brutal land vehicles around.

Lamborghini makes cars for Lamborghini enthusiasts; The folks who are willing to pay a dollar top for access to its DNA and no other car is more Lamborghini than the automaker’s signature twelve-cylinder engine: the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae. This isn’t a half-million dollar trip for the nouveau riche who actually intend to drive. Ultimae like owning a circus tiger. Sure, she can perform great tricks under a steady, experienced hand, but turn your back for a second and be ready to rip the leash off her beloved master and serve her to dinner.

And just like that leopard, the Ultimae is a moribund subspecies. And let’s be honest, the 600 or so owners who manage to get their hands on one are more likely to put this monster in their personal collections. While that’s a tragedy (we’re obviously pro-driving cars here) I don’t know if I’d go for a walk in public like a normal house pet too.

What is that?

The Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae is the last decade-old model that first hit the collective subconscious in 2011. Only 350 coupes and 250 roadsters are to be built and all have already been talked about, although 15 are currently below From the ocean, after they met their watery grave on Felicity Ice. It is also the last Lamborghini to have a 6.5-liter “longitudinal” V12 combustion engine. From now on, the most powerful engine you can buy from a Lamborghini is the V10. It makes 780 horsepower (or about 770 horsepower), 10 more than the automaker has been able to squeeze out for an SVJ.

This roaring engine is delivered via Lamborghini’s 7-speed independent transmission. Lamborghini says the ISR delivers automated shifts in up to 50 milliseconds. However, in our experience, the ISR shifts into 7th gear in no time and stays put, throttling revs under 4,000 and blocking true torque down to the 6,000 rpm mark. If you’re boring enough to avoid using paddle shifters, it’s probably worth such a tacky ride.

Ultimae saves weight and increases rigidity thanks to all kinds of carbon fiber parts throughout the body. It comes in at 1,550 kg or 3,417 lbs, which is pretty good for a 12-cylinder four-wheel drive vehicle. That’s 25kg less than the Aventador S with the same weight-to-power ratio as the SVJ. It comes in at a top speed of 355 km/h or 222 mph (which we couldn’t even flirt with on the winding mountain roads and clogged highways with trucks around Parma and Bologna). stability at high speed. Four-wheel steering means the Ultimae is in a rugged condition for all-wheel drive—helpful on rough terrain and hills throughout the Italian countryside.

The Lambo gives you four familiar driving modes – Strada, Sport, Corsa (Track) and Ego, which are a bit up front. Ego mode allows owners to set up the Aventador using their own preferences for things like steering, suspension and traction controls. I keep it on Strada and Sport, doing my best to be a responsible operator on the city streets.

Its aggressive design isn’t just eye-catching – the LP 780-4’s wide front splitter and open mouth improve aerodynamic efficiency and cooling critical parts. Downforce has been increased 35 percent, according to the automaker, by reducing drag.

As a car made for collectors, it had to stand out in a crowd. The designers sought to make the Ultimae known as something a little different from the regular Aventador models. For the first time, the front bonnet is made of carbon fibre. The engine is displayed in a glass panel as the beating heart of a car that evokes the feel of the ’90s, which was truly the most amazing Lamborghini decade. Everything a little less, a little longer and anything understated.

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Lamborghini offers buyers 18 standard colors, with an expanded library of over 300 colors available in glossy and matte shades. The cars we drove came in a unique two-tone color scheme, with a darker shade on the lower half of the car. Wonderful effect. The Lamborghini Y (Epsilon) signature is invoked time and time again from the detailing of the leather seats to the shape of the front end. The car’s roof is made of carbon fiber, and it must be removed by hand to be installed completely in the forward-facing trunk.

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The good

can not be accessed. Like the Aventadors before, this is a car that requires skill, time and dedication to master. The afternoon I spent behind the wheel wasn’t nearly enough to connect with her. It’s not just an excited car, it’s pure Lamborghini excited car. You can hook any Tom, Dick or Harry into a 720 or 911 and they’ll have time, but it takes a connoisseur of the brand to get in touch with this car’s driving style and really make it shine.

This is not a vehicle that will babysit the driver. When you’re sitting in the driver’s seat of an Aventador, you’d better get right. There is no blind spot assistance (although a lot of the spots outside your window are somewhat blind) and the backup camera is quite basic. It also comes with an outdated map display that makes figuring out the next steps on the roundabouts a bit confusing. This is a car that demands your full attention from all sides – a complete drive for body and mind and I greatly appreciate that. The seat itself is mechanically adjusted down to a millimeter for the perfect driving position, adding to the fighter pilot feel that Lamborghini has always sought.

That steel frame shrouded in carbon-fiber mixed steering allows the rear wheel of the Ultimae to truly embrace the curves, allowing even that much gusto in corners.

Engine sound, well, there’s nothing quite like it. The paddle shifters provide instant, naturally aspirated power to all four wheels. It’s a driving cry, and it would have been cool if I could really open it up. Ultimae are capable of 0 to 125 mph in under 9 seconds – totally insane. The belief that it will never go down from Lamborghini production again is enough to make even the most passionate drivers of green machinery in our press kit cursing modernity and embracing tradition. We’ll miss something inexplicable when his ringed calling vanishes from the woods.

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bad

It’s not accessible, which you might also notice in the good column. After three hours of speeding through busy traffic and climbing narrow village roads to hilltop castles, I was drenched in a drenching sweat from just trying to keep the damn thing straight and narrow (well, narrow at least). You don’t want to be picking up lonely curves and country roads at 25mph. She wants to go, go, go and go now. In true jalopnik fashion, I’ll be the first to tell you that I failed in my duty to keep the car on a short steering, scratching the carbon fiber splitter on an unusually high rim. My driving partner scraped off the bottom of the front as well as on the bridge’s hidden grille. Another journalist threw the entire car into a ditch, making it a completely new front end and these are just the leaks we know about in the last wave of reporters.

It is often a great shame that these wild animals are kept in cold groups, rarely led though often admired. This is not a car that should live behind glass…it is a car that is best enjoyed on the racetrack. At bucky speeds, the transmission gets muddy, trying to keep the car in high gears and not really go where it needs to be. But really, there’s nowhere this car can really shine on public roads in Joe (well, not legally anyway.) It’s a chore. There is no way around it.

The car is hard to see outside, it is long, wide and low which makes every imperfection of the pavement stand out to the driver. While the engine noise is great and instant power, the road noise while on the highway at 140 km/h creates a spinning effect that sometimes feels awkward.

These are complaints from the pedestrian driver. Such frivolous marks against the Aventador do not detract from the greatness of the car. It is, as I said before, a car for a certain class of owners.

Conclusion

The end of the V12 does not mean that Lamborghini will lose what makes it Lamborghini. There will still be fighter jets with hybrid or turbo engines that will make valiant attempts to fill in the gaps left by the reduced cylinders. In fact I’ve been very fortunate to drive a Huracan Evo and frankly, I was shaken. It was the kind of fun car that could make a lifelong fan of the brand. But there is absolutely nothing quite like this car – sound and response. This species of complex barbarism is endangered and close to extinction. We will never see such again.