The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is a half-million-dollar supercar, but what does the SVJ actually stand for?
The letters SVJ stand for ‘Super Veloce Jota’. This is a two-part term used by Lamborghini: the Super Veloce literally translates to ‘superfast’, and the ‘Jota’ designates the Aventador as a track performance standard car.
Read on to learn more about this super-expensive, superfast, and super-exciting Lamborghini.
The Jota specification of Lamborghini tracks back to the seventies. It was originally developed as a standard of vehicle that was built to perform on the track.
In 1970, a test driver and engineer named Bob Wallace modified a Lamborghini supercar, turning it into a racecar. It was insanely powerful, weighed less, and was made more aerodynamic.
Unfortunately, as the story goes, this one of a kind custom build crashed a year after its creation. It was destroyed and never rebuilt.
Although, Lamborghini didn’t want to abandon the concept, and they eventually revisited it throughout the nineties.
The Lamborghini Diablo was a high-performance vehicle first released in 1990. It made history as the first production Lamborghini capable of reaching speeds of over two hundred miles per hour.
Lamborghini released a series of ‘kits’ that would enable engineers to convert the Diablo into the Jota. They took a car that was already an incredible powerhouse, and made it even faster, and more agile.
In 2018, Lamborghini did it again, this time with their staple car, the Aventador.
The specification of this vehicle was quite simply mind-blowing. It boasted over seven hundred and fifty brake horsepower and could reach one hundred and twenty miles per hour in around eight seconds.
The production of this vehicle was limited to just nine hundred units, starting at around half a million dollars.
The Aventador was first revealed to the market in 2011, and it blew the minds of car fans around the world.
It was built on a 6.5-liter V12 engine, capable of pushing top speeds of over two hundred miles per hour. The Aventador became a massively popular vehicle among celebrities who preferred a flashier lifestyle and image.
Stars like Nicki Minaj, Nyjah Huston, and Cristiano Ronaldo were well known for their Aventador passion. They’d been snapped many times alongside their – often custom and bespoke – Lamborghini powerhouses.
Alongside the Aventador, other favorites include the Huracan, Gallardo, and the Urus. The latter isn’t technically a supercar, but an SUV.
However, Kanye West has been seen behind the wheel of one, so it definitely falls under the ‘flashy celebrity’ category.
In 2020, the Aventador was assumedly entering the twilight years of its production. There are talks of one more variant appearing on the market, and it’s likely it will be an extremely grand finale from Lamborghini.
One article discusses the possibility that the next Lamborghini will feature hybridization. This is a common trend that car manufacturers are following now, in attempts to become more eco-friendly.
It’s likely Lamborghini’s engineering spirit will enable them to top two hundred miles per hour, even with a hybrid drive engine.
Smashing the Limit
When it comes to high-speed supercars, there’s no doubt that Lamborghini is one of the brands at the very top of the chain. They’ve been in business since the sixties, and have become very good at what they do.
Although, when it comes to the ranking of speed, Lamborghini doesn’t even crack the top thirteen.
In 2020, an article was published that explored the fastest production vehicles on the planet. There were appearances from Bugatti, Koenigsegg, McLaren, and even Tesla, but not Lamborghini.
At the top of the pile was the Devel Sixteen, an almost unheard of car that was more myth than reality. It was allegedly powered by a five thousand horsepower V16 engine, something that had never been seen before.
The car that nobody knew existed would apparently cost you almost two million dollars to own, but nobody in the world actually has one.
On the more realistic end of the scale was the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut. This car was penned as the pinnacle of motorsports engineering and could top out at almost three hundred and fifty miles per hour.
Unfortunately, the price and availability of the Jesko was still a mystery as of mid-2020.