Lamborghini is very good at attracting attention and the Geneva Motor Show in 2012 is slightly different from the others. A successful Lamborghini Aventador J kosnep of knocking on every car supercar and even including the F12 has been expressed by arch-rivals of Ferrari.
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. 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.
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 2012 Lamborghini Aventador J owners in adverse weather.
Up top, though, the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador 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’.