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

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague
lamborghini finally finishes building its last run v12 powered aventador ultimae

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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  • Varezhka Given how long the Mitsubishi USA has been in red, that's a hard one. I mean, this company has been losing money in all regions *except* SE Asia and Oceania ever since they lost the commercial division to Daimler.I think the only reason we still have the brand is A) Mitsubishi conglomerate's pride won't allow it B) US still a source of large volume for the company, even if they lose money on each one and C) it cost too much money to pull out and no one wants to take responsibility. If I was the head of Mitsubishi's North American operation and retreat was not an option, I think my best bet would be to reduce overhead by replacing all the cars with rebadged Nissans built in Tennessee and Mexico.As much as I'd like to see the return of Triton, Pajero Sport (Montero Sport to you and me), and Delica I'm sure that's more nostalgia and grass is greener thing than anything else.
  • Varezhka If there's one (small) downside to the dealer not being allowed to sell above MSRP, it's that now we get a lot of people signing up for the car with zero intention of keeping the car they bought. We end up with a lot of "lightly used" examples on sale for a huge mark-up, including those self-purchased by the dealerships themselves. I'm sure this is what we'll end up seeing with GR Corolla in Japan as well.This is also why the Land Cruiser has a 4 year waitlist in Japan (36K USD starting MSRP -> buy and immediately flip for 10, 20K more -> profit) I'm not sure if there's a good solution for this apart from setting the MSRP higher to match what the market allows, though this lottery system is probably as close as we can get.
  • Jeff S @Lou_BC--Unrelated to this article but of interest I found this on You Tube which explains why certain vehicles are not available in the US because of how the CAFE measures fuel standards. I remember you commenting on this a few years ago on another article on TTAC. The 2023 Chevrolet Montana is an adorable small truck that's never coming to the USA. It's not because of the 1.2L engine, or that Americans aren't interested in small trucks, it's that fuel economy legislation effectively prevents small trucks from happening. What about the Maverick? It's not as small as you think. CAFE, or Corporate Average Fuel Economy is the real reason trucks in America are all at least a specific dimension. Here's how it works and why it means no tiny trucks for us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eoMrwrGA8A&ab_channel=AlexonAutos
  • Gabe A new retro-styled Montero as their halo vehicle to compete against the Bronco, Wrangler and 4Runner. Boxy, round headlights like the 1st generation, two door and four door models, body on frame.A compact, urban truck, Mighty Max, to compete against the Maverick. Retro-styled like the early 90s Mighty Max.A new Outlander Sport as more of a wagon/crossover to compete against the Crosstrek and Kona. Needs to have more power (190+ HP) and a legit transmission, no CVT.A new Eclipse hybrid to compete against the upcoming redesigned Prius. Just match the Prius's specs and make it look great.Drop the Eclipse Cross, I am not sure why they wanted to resurrect the Pontiac Aztec. Keep the Mirage and keep it cheap, make the styling better and up the wheel size. The Outlander seems fine.I like the idea of some sort of commercial vehicle, something similar in size to the Promaster City but with AWD.
  • El scotto Will Ford ever stop putting a V-8 in Mustang GT's? Not as long as Bill Ford is around. I haven't shopped for an F-150 in years; can you still get a V-8 in one? Y'all have that one pair of really comfortable shoes you wear when you go shopping? Not buying gas and low maintenance will make EVs your comfortable shoes. Virtual signalling? Naw, they're slip-ons.
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