Lamborghini’s first surprise of 2012 Geneva Motor Show turned out to the Aventador J, not the Unica.
So what is this J? Well, it is a unique one-off based on the Lamborghini Aventador, and it takes the whole idea of fighter jet for the roads to the next level. Lamborghini actually uses terms like pilot and copilot while explaining this car to us.
The J looks pretty astonishing, being an open-top version of the Aventador and all, but the most amazing fact about it is that it’s not just a concept. After the Geneva show it will be sold to a lucky customer at an undisclosed price. And yes, it is street legal!
The Lamborghini Aventador J is built because Lamborghini honors its traditions. It could also be a warm up fro the launch of the Aventador Roadser. The letter J is derived from the sporting rules of the FIA world motorsport organization. Its “Appendix J” defines the technical specification of race cars in the various classes.
Technically, the car is the same as the Aventador, which means there is a 515 kW / 700 hp V12 under the hood, an ISR transmission, permanent all-wheel drive and push-rod suspension. It still does over 300km/h, but because there’s no windscreen as such your face might get ripped off.
Most of the body panels are redesigned and rebuilt for the Aventador J. The overall length is 4890 mm, the overall width (excluding mirrors) is 2030 mm while the height is 1110 mm. Like its predecessors, the J has a rear-view mirror perched on an arm like a periscope.
The Aventador J is equipped neither with a navigation nor car audio system, nor does it have the associated screen or air conditioning controls – these would simply detract from its one and only raison d’?tre as an extreme driving experience. What remains, of course, are two programmable TFT displays behind the steering wheel.
We’re really keen to find out about the price of this thing.