Rumors that Lamborghini is working on a new version of Aventador have been making their way around the internet for months now, but, up to now, it was unknown how this car will be called. Thanks to a spy shot of the car’s digital instrument cluster found on Instagram, we have now learned what is very likely the V-12 supercar’s official name: the most powerful and fastest of Aventador will have the SVJ index.
The fans of the brand certainly know that the letters SV in Lamborghini mean Super Veloce – “super-fast”. But what does the letter “J” stand for? To answer this question, you need to look at the history of the brand.
Back in 1970, Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace built something called the Miura P400 Jota (pronounced hoe-ta), a car that would suit the FIA’s Appendix J racing regulations. The Jota was 800 pounds lighter than a standard Miura and featured new spoilers, fixed headlights, revised suspension, lighter wheels, and a fettled engine. Performance-wise, it was a Miura of the highest order.
A few decades later, in the early 90’s, the company again returned to this designation, adding the designation “Jota” of the rare track version of the Diablo SE30. The next reappearance was in 2012 at the Geneva auto show and the “one-time” Aventador J.
The upcoming Aventador SVJ will most likely follow the usual Italians formula: less weight plus more power. How much energy can be squeezed from a 6.5-liter V12 this time is unknown, but since the current Aventador S has 740 horsepower, and Centenario had 770, the new SVJ will most likely have 800 “horses”.
The Aventador SVJ will likely be the last hurrah for the Aventador before a successor arrives with electric assistance. But before you V-12 fans get too exited, note that the next new model from Lamborghini is likely to be a convertible version of the V-10-powered Huracán Performante. We’re not expecting the Aventador SVJ to be revealed until late this year or early next. It should arrive in showrooms as a 2020 model.