The Aventador’s final curtain
Iconic. Striking. Mind-bendingly fast. These are but a few superlatives one could reel off when talking about the Aventador, an undeniable cornerstone of the Lamborghini offering for over a decade.
The Aventador is the latest in a long line of V12s to come out of Sant’Agata Bolognese, and a few short days ago, its production ended for good. Like the Miura, Countach, Diablo and Murciélago before it, the Aventador represented the top tier in Lamborghini luxury and of course, performance.
Through the years, it has yielded nine individual iterations, a further nine special edition versions and seven models that drew inspiration from the protean Aventador, with Lamborghini using the source material for the likes of the Veneno, the Centenario and the 2022 Countach reimagining.
After a remarkable 11-year production period and 11,465 examples later, it was time for the old bull to retire. A landmark moment, and one that was about more than just the end of one model’s lifespan. It signalled the end of Lamborghini’s non-hybrid V12s and as one of just a few manufacturers that became synonymous with duodecuple-cylinder powerhouses, that’s a big deal. An event that has left many a car enthusiast and Lamborghini aficionado bleary-eyed.
With the automotive industry seemingly leaning further into battery power and alternative fuels than ever before, unadulterated examples such as the Aventador Ultimae are becoming fewer and farther between. Arguably a strong indication of plausible investability in the years to come.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. The Aventador’s spiritual successor has already been identified out on the roads during its development and is slated for a 2023 release. Although it is electronically assisted, another monstrous Lamborghini V12 lies under mere millimetres of aluminium. Car people rejoice!
The future also looks bright for the thundering V10s and screeching V8s in the Huracan and Urus respectively, and although both models will see a switch to hybrid units in 2024, they will still be oozing with more drama than you can shake a stick at.
As for Lamborghini’s other projects in the pipeline, an entirely electric example is seemingly on the horizon. No one quite knows when it will rear its head, but it’s coming. And although the presence of gut-churning engine revs will be noticeably absent, the Italian marque is sure to produce something that is unmistakably Lamborghini and bonkers but brilliant.