Lamborghini Finally Finishes Building Its Last-run V12-powered Aventador Ultimae

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

In 2021, Lamborghini announced the Aventador Ultimae, a super-limited swan song to the automaker’s iconic V12 engine. Unfortunately for Lambo and anyone waiting for one of the cars, a shipwreck took some of the cars down with it, leading the automaker to extend the timeline and build more cars.


As of earlier this week, that has come to an end. The final car – an Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae Roadster – left the production line. Finished in a striking light blue color, Lamborghini factory workers and executives surrounded the car as it rolled off the line.


The Ultimae features a 6.5-liter V12 that cranks out 780 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful Aventador. Though it’s Lamborghini’s most successful V12-powered model, the car’s replacement will feature some degree of electrification. As we’ve seen with other high-performance cars, the shift to hybrid and plug-in hybrid configurations doesn’t necessarily mean the death of performance, noise, and speed, so a Lambo V12 with an electric motor could be a beautiful thing. 


Lamborghini has officially confirmed that the Ultimae is the last traditional V12 it will make and has said that all of its models will offer electrification by 2024. A full-on Lamborghini EV is in the works, too, though we won’t see it for a few more years at the earliest.


For enthusiasts (those of us that can afford a Lambo, anyway), this might feel like another nail in the coffin of exciting sports cars. Still, it’s worth trying to convince you otherwise. Look at the 2024 Mercedes-AMG C 63, which delivers 671 horsepower from a four-cylinder engine and electric motor. Let’s say that again: A four-cylinder engine. Sure, it sounds like a vacuum cleaner at full chat, but that’s the only thing we’re giving up with a move to electrification. There’s better torque and quicker acceleration, and we may even buy a few extra days before the world's end.

[Image: Lamborghini]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • VoGhost Key phrase: "The EV market has grown." Yup, EV sales are up yet again, contrary to what nearly every article on the topic has been claiming. It's almost as if the press gets 30% of ad revenues from oil companies and legacy ICE OEMs.
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  • VoGhost I remember all those years when the brilliant TTAC commenters told me over and over how easy it was for legacy automakers to switch to making EVs, and that Tesla was due to be crushed by them in just a few months.
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