Geneva 2012: Lamborghini Aventador J

Lamborghini steals the 2012 Geneva motor show with its wild drop-top Aventador J. 690bhp, lots of carbon tech

Lamborghini’s pretty good at stealing a motor show, and Geneva 2012 is little different. The Aventador J knocks spots of just about every other concept and supercar, including even (perhaps!) the F12 revealed by arch-rivals Ferrari.

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Underneath it’s a ‘normal’ Aventador - a 690bhp, 6.5-litre V12 engine powers all four wheels via a seven-speed ‘ISR’ gearbox, while there’s racing car-like pushrod suspension.
Up top, though, the J is unlike any other Lamborghini. It’s longer and lower, measuring just 1110mm in height. It’s described as ‘supremely open’ – a fact you can’t really argue with. There’s no roof or windscreen, while the driver and passenger sit in a dramatic split cockpit (Lamborghini’s vertically opening doors remain though). And with no air-con fitted either (for presumably obvious reasons), there’s a distinct weight saving over the production-spec Aventador.  The downside is, in Lamborghini’s words, ‘the right clothing is prerequisite for every trip’.
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There’s plenty of carbon technology too, on top of the Aventador’s already groundbreaking carbonfibre structure. The front end gets a carbon air scoop with F1-style winglets while the striking alloy wheels get carbon inserts that act as fans for additional brake cooling. And the seats are trimmed in ‘carbonskin’, a woven carbonfibre fabric patented by Lamborghini which it forsees making it to high-end clothing too. Perhaps to protect Aventador J owners in adverse weather…
There will only be one owner, though, with the J concept (its name both inspired by the Miura Jota of the 1970s, and ‘Appendix J’ of the FIA’s motorsport rulebook) an absolute one-off. It’s road legal though; here’s hoping the lucky owner obliges the efforts of Lamborghini’s engineers and uses it properly.
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