2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae: An Exclamation Mark To Close An Era

The all-new 2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae is the end – the last of the naturally aspirated V12 supercars. After the production run of 350 coupes and 250 roadsters (likely all spoken for at far above the asking price), the Italian factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese will stop production. Forever. While there have been more than a dozen unique variants of the Aventador since its introduction in 2011, the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae is best described as having all the standard features of the Aventador S and Aventador SVJ, but with a slight boost in power.

2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae driveline

The Lamborghini Aventador is best described as a colossal V12 engine mounted on an alloy subframe bolted to a carbon-fiber chassis. The Aventador’s naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 is a throwback to the days when engines made horsepower the traditional way – exploding gasoline at atmospheric pressure within a combustion chamber. Despite being rated at an insane 769 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque – those figures make it one of the most powerful vehicles on the market – how it attains the power is crude (there’s no direct injection, turbocharging, or hybrid assist). Even its gearbox, a 7-speed automated single-clutch mated to an all-wheel-drive system, is somewhat archaic.

The suspension, however, is state-of-the-art. The Aventador was the first production Lamborghini to employ a fully independent pushrod-activated suspension. This race-adapted design places the springs and shocks inboard, reduces unsprung weight, and allows for larger wheels and tires. While the advantages include significantly improved handling, ride quality does suffer. To combat this, the Italians fit innovative adaptive magnetorheological shocks with special spring rates. And thanks to the pushrod suspension, the Lamborghini has been able to fit enormous tires: 255/30ZR20 (front) and 355/25ZR21 (rear).

2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae design

Imagine your favorite radical Hot Wheels car as a kid and then realize that the Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae is a real-life version of that over-the-top toy. With styling mimicking an advanced fighter jet, complete with exaggerated sharp angles and oversized everything, the Aventador is unlikely to be mistaken for anything but a range-topping Lamborghini. Its aura, even when parked, causes a disturbance in the universe. Passers-by stop, point, and stare. Kids are frozen in their tracks. The Ultimae doesn’t have stage presence – it’s a visual tranquilizer.

Open its signature scissor doors to find a two-place cockpit that appears cozy compared to the considerable exterior dimensions (remember, the Aventador is all powertrain). Climbing into the bucket seats is challenging, and there is almost no storage. The driver faces a more futuristic cockpit than most private jets – glass panel displays, protected switchgear, and a start button is hidden under a red cover (mirroring the ‘FIRE’ button on a fighter jet’s control stick). The seating position is low and outward vision is restricted. Nevertheless, occupying either seat subconsciously raises heart rates – this is precisely how your enthusiast mind wants the passenger compartment of an exotic car to look. It’s spot-on.

How does the 2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae drive?

This is one of the few vehicles on the planet that drives accurately to the way it looks. Fire the Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae’s V12 to life, and it becomes immediately apparent that this low-slung Italian is not happy. The idle is angry and loud – anything but subtle. Around town, the Aventador gives the impression that it is annoyed to be driving slowly. The transmission shifts awkwardly in its default STRADA driving mode (the four configurations are STRADA, SPORT, CORSA, and the EGO mode). It is much more agreeable and significantly quicker to “take the bull by the horns, ” switch over to SPORT and shift manually. And finally, the Aventador responds dutifully.

It is impossible to find the limits of the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae on a public road. The 0-60 mph sprint takes a mere 2.7 seconds, with the speedometer indicating 100 mph about three seconds later – the experience, with the V12 roaring magnificently to its 8,700-rpm redline between each shift, is analogous to riding atop a solid-fuel rocket. Hold the accelerator to the floor on a desolate strip, and the Lamborghini tops out at over 220 mph. There are only a handful of street-legal vehicles as fast as the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae. I can’t imagine being able to drive this not-even-remotely-subtle monster without anticipating frequent conversations with law enforcement.

The broad-shouldered Aventador, weighing in at an estimated 3,700 pounds, does not dance with the nimbleness of Fred Astaire. Instead, it relies on the phenomenal grip of its Pirelli tires, the claw-like traction of its all-wheel-drive system, and the magic of its rear-axle steering to slither with precision through the twisty corners. Despite its age – the Aventador is more than a decade old – it’s talented enough to run with today’s top-performing exotic cars. The harder you push, the better it gets. On one lonely canyon section, I drove it like I stole it (I did consider stealing it). Yet, there wasn’t a hint of protest from the engine, a drop of fade from the carbon-ceramic brakes, or a whimper of squeal from the tires – the Ultimae laughed off my punishment and challenged me for more. That’s a compliment to Lamborghini’s forward-thinking engineering team that fabricated a magnificent supercar.

How much does the 2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae cost?

The base price of the 2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae is $498,258. Expect to add another $50,000 or so to the transaction price with options (e.g., additional carbon fiber), unique paints (e.g., matte finish), and personalization. Remember that Lamborghini is only making 350 coupes and 250 roadsters – and it is likely sold out. (On that note, I’m betting this will be a $1 million collectible in a decade, representing the pinnacle of Lamborghini’s traditional V12.)

Who should buy a 2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae?

Lamborghini is targeting very high-wealth individuals seeking the ultimate expression of the brand’s legendary V12 engine in one of the world’s most extreme supercars. The Aventador is not a daily driver or a family vehicle – most owners will have another vehicle for those roles. Instead, the owner will enjoy the LP 780-4 Ultimae for display, special occasions, or track use. And some owners will simply park the vehicle in their collections and watch it appreciate.

Is the 2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae a good vehicle?

The 2022 Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae delivers on every dream, hint, and promise it conjures. There is no other vehicle on the planet that looks like it, no other vehicle on the planet that offers the same glorious V12, and no other vehicle on the planet that drives like it. It’s one-of-a-kind – the exotic exclamation point at the end of a naturally-aspirated era.

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