While Lamborghini didn't have a booth of its own at this year's North American International Auto Show, the Raging Bull's latest-and-greatest was on display courtesy of the Robb Report.
The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster LP750-4 Superveloce (SV) is a collection of adjectives that, if fed to a 3-D printer, would produce a nuke. Fortunately for us, the warhead in question is kept safely behind a glass panel somewhere around the car's middle. Twelve cylinders breathe naturally-aspirated air into a mill that promises 750 metric horsepower at 8,400rpm to anyone mad enough to keep the throttle buried that long.
As a reminder: "Superveloce" means "super-light" in Italian. The new SV Roadster weighs a mere 3472lbs with an empty tank, over 100lbs less than it's full-fat brother, the Aventador. The Aventador may have been a nearly two-ton brontosaurus, but it went like a bat out of hell.
So it's no surprise, then, that the super light version threatens to hit hyperspeed as it accelerates from 0 to 60mph in 2.7 seconds. All that performance is kept tidy in the corners by a magnetic suspension system that was custom developed for the Aventador SV. Oh yeah, and a bonkers aero package that has likely floated the world's carbon fiber suppliers for the next decade. Yes, that, too.
Magnetic dampers? Huge power? A carbon monocoque that's more Siesto Elemento than sane consumer product? If this sounds like the recipe for a fast track time, you'd be absolutely right. The Aventador SV Coupe posted a 6:59.7 Nurburgring lap in May 2015, a road-legal feat bested by the Porsche 918 hybrid hypercar (6:57.00) alone.
2.7 seconds is quite a modest gap for an abyss between generations: Porsche's 918 represents the tip-of-the-spear for hybrid performance; the Aventador SV, the greatest internal combustion naturally-aspirated performance car ever made. The Porsche 918 that lapped the 'Ring included an advanced aerodynamics package that jacked its base price from $845,000 up to a staggering $929,000.
For a mere $600,000 (the quoted price of the Aventador on display), you come within a gnat's eyelash of the car that shifted the worldwide automotive paradigm. You'll save $330k (just enough for a 2012 Aventador!), the hassle of charging your hybrid overnight, and one of the world's great automotive treasures. Consumer-friendly bargain? Not precisely. But in every other dimension, Lambo's latest special edition halo car is unbeatable.