The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is the Italian marque’s flagship supercar, but is it actually any quicker in a straight line than the regular Aventador SV which was introduced a couple of years before it?
Powering both cars is a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12. However, whereas the SV delivers 740 hp and 507 lb-ft (690 Nm) of torque, the SVJ pumps out 759 hp and 531 lb-ft (720 Nm) of torque.
Both feature a quick-shifting seven-speed ISR transmission driving all four wheels. However, apart from being a touch more powerful, the SVJ is also slightly lighter than the SV, tipping the scales at 3,362 lbs (1,525 kg) compared to the 3,472 lbs (1,574 kg) of the SV.
In the first race, the two launch off the line at pretty much identical speeds and remain neck to neck as they sprint down the runway. Ultimately, it was the Aventador SV that claimed victory in a close photo finish. In the second race, it was the Aventador SVJ that got off the line quicker and stretched out into the distance, opening up a gap of multiple car lengths.
As is so often the case with vehicles that deliver this type of performance, the results largely come down to the driver and who can get off the line quickest.
Despite all that, the SVJ really shows its superiority over the SV on the track. In fact, the SVJ holds the production car lap record around the Nurburgring with a blistering time of 6:44.97. By comparison, the best the Aventador SV could do was a 6:59.73.