Lamborghini made a jaw-dropping launch for its Aventador J at the Geneva Motor Show last month. Looking like a hybrid of an Aventador coupe and a KTM X-Bow, the vehicle is packed with a 700-horsepower V-12 engine. However, the Italy-based car manufacturer made only one unit of this sterling beauty. It was sold to an unnamed collector for $2.74 million during the Geneva Motor Show at Palexpo last March.
Inside the Aventador J
The Lamborghini Aventador J was devised in-house after CEO Stephan Winkelmann asked his team to come up with “something special” for the Geneva Show. After six weeks, the car was brought from drawing board to reality.
Compared to its Aventador predecessor, it ditched the roof and the windscreen but retained the front bonnet, front and rear fenders, and headlights. Other than that, all the panels of the vehicle were newly designed. It has a huge winglet-covered diffuser in the front, while the rear diffuser has been enlarged to house a quad of evil exhausts. The slatted rear deck was replaced by a pair of sleek humps and a carbon fiber cross-brace. It also boasts a periscope rearview mirror.
Although it only took the automaker six weeks to build the vehicle, the Aventador J is not a concept car. The model is road-legal and homologated in Italy.
The Story Behind the Speedster
After the unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, Top Gear’s Sam Philip was able to secure an exclusive interview with the designer of the Lamborghini Aventador J, Filippo Perini. He shared that it was last January 14 when Winkelmann asked them to do something for the event. Then, on a weekend, he drew up the car on a blank sheet.
Although it will take most companies almost six weeks to decide what to include and exclude in a concept car, the automaker was able to materialize Perini’s design in that time. It was reported that the model was already sold to an anonymous Lamborghini car enthusiast even before the Aventador J was launched at the Palexpo. As the car designer revealed:
“Mr. Winkelmann knows our best customers personally. One of the first ones we presented the project to was interested. In a minute he had sent the money.”
In addition, Perini also shared that the “J” suffix came from the Miura-based Jota race car, the automaker’s most extreme and iconic creation. About this, Perini said:
“I have always wanted to do something with the ‘Jota’ name. Inspiration comes from the past, and the Jota is the true heritage of our company.”
In case you didn’t get to take a glimpse of Lamborghini’s Aventador J in Switzerland, check out the video of the visceral roadster body via Autoblog.