Aventador No More; End of an Era for Lamborghini
Lamborghinis have been a staple of Italian supercars, symbols of status and wealth, and subjects of bedroom posters across the world for decades. For some, that poster was of the Countach or the Gallardo; most recently, the Aventador. Unfortunately, the Aventador’s tenure, like most good things, is coming to an end.
Lamborghini has announced the end of the Aventador, ceasing production after a decade of service. This headline might sound familiar, as Aventador production technically ended before; however, assembly was revamped following the tragic “Felicity Ace” cargo ship fire earlier this year.
According to the automaker, more Aventadors have been sold than the sum of all its previous V12 models, delivering its 10,000th unit in September 2020. At the end of its run, the Aventador line was spread across 8 model derivatives, ultimately sunsetting on 11,465 units delivered. The final model assembled was an LP 780-4 Ultimae Roadster, bound for the Swiss market. It is the last pure naturally-aspirated V12 Lamborghini to be produced in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
We hate to see it go, but let’s not get teary-eyed and instead look back at all the good times we’ve had with it. Shortly after its 2011 Geneva Motor Show debut, we eagerly got behind the wheel of the 2012 LP 700-4 for a Road and Track test. In the words of John Davis himself: “this car sounds freakin’ terrific!”
Of course, sights and sounds weren’t the only things that sold us on the Aventador; it danced across Roebling Road Raceway with an impressive display of performance in a caliber of its own. And that first introduction left an imprint that many of our senior staff can’t shake to this day. The bone chilling, head-tossing excitement of the Lambo’s naturally aspirated V12 rocketing down the straights, confidently slowing for each coming apex only to shoot out the other end.
It wasn’t long until we got our butts back in the seat, now for a spin in the 2016 Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce. “Super velocity” was right on the money; 110-pounds lighter and 49 horsepower stronger for a total of 740. With a 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds and freakishly good grip in the corners, our love affair, while never fully dowsed, was reignited in full. And when the 2017 Aventador S came around, you can bet we put it through the same paces. Spoiler alert: even with 10 less ponies (730 horsepower total), the S was equal parts fight and flight, tackling Spain’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo like a fully armed action hero rushing against the clock.
We’ve done a lot with the Aventador, even some winter driving just for the fun of it, and we’ll never forget these moments. Even when we hop into other cars from the Italian bull, like the equally-impressive V10-powered Huracan STO, we’ll remember the Aventador.
So, at the risk of sounding cliche: arrivederci.