After Audi AG’s takeover of Lamborghini, the legendary brand had some very large shoes to fill after the Countach and the Diablo. Under the expert penmanship of Luc Donckerwolke, the new flagship sported an angular design paying tribute to fighter jets, with scissor doors and active air intakes, as well as a much more ergonomic cabin than its predecessors.
Mechanically, the longitudinal, symphonic V12 still traced back to Giotto Bizzarrini’s 1960’s design, and was enlarged from 6.2 litres to 6.5 litres throughout the model’s iterations, growing from 575hp to 661hp in the course of almost ten years.The 300kmph supercar maintained the Diablo VT’s all-wheel drive configuration, with a 30-70 weight distribution, and the traditional nomenclature after Spanish bulls, finally pioneering at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Multiple versions were made across a decade of changes, from the ‘LP’ denomiations (LP640-4, LP-650-4 and the LP670-4 SV) to limited 40th Anniversary, Versace and China Editions, as well as a highly modified Reventón produced in limited (36) numbers.
The Lamborghini LP670-4 Superveloce, or SV for short, draws its origins in the Miura SV, its most powerful variant, oriented towards track use. Along with performance upgrades, this model was 100kg lighter and sported drastic aerodynamic changes, a large spoiler, and optional carbon-ceramic brakes. Production was scheduled for 350 cars, of which only 186 were built.
This striking ‘Arancio Sole’ SV was delivered new in Dubai as a Middle Eastern (GCC) specification car. In 2019, the car briefly visited Japan, where it was serviced and cared for, to later return home to us in 2023. Accompanied with manuals and tools and serviced in April 2023, this rare SuperVeloce can be considered as the last of the true great Lamborghini V12’s, the end of a dynasty starting sixty years prior on a single man’s dream —or shall we say, vendetta?