For a second, Lamborghini had us thinking the Aventador Ultimae would be the last V12-powered supercar in their ranks. However, the allure of the naturally aspirated V12 engine is difficult to walk away from. Anyone who has driven a car with a V12 engine will understand precisely why. So the Italian carmaker is taking another 'final bow', and you won't hear any complaint from us. Who's taking bets that we'll see at least one more 'last V12 car'? For now, let's just go along with the current story.
In a bid to give the company's remarkable V12 a more memorable send-off before the much-anticipated transition to hybrid powertrains, Lamborghini just unveiled a duo of one-off V12-powered beasts, the Invencible coupe and the Auténtica roadster.
Built off the company's all too popular Aventador platform, the duo combines bits and pieces from the 12-year-old lineup, borrowing looks and aesthetics from icons like the Sesto Elemento, Veneno, and Reventón, among others.
The show's headline, Lamborghini's in-house V12 engine comes with a 6.5-liter displacement in this case and produces a whopping 780 CV and 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm. A seven-speed ISR gearbox channels the V12's output to all four wheels, aptly controlled by Lamborghini's Dynamic steering system.
Performance details for both cars are still under wraps, though it would be easy to imagine that the numbers would hover around the Ultimae's 0 to 62 mph time of 2.8 seconds and top speed of 220 mph.
Styled by Lamborghini Centro Stile, a carbon fiber monocoque forms the basis of the duo's structure, while a full carbon bodywork incorporates Lamborghini's motorsport designs and technologies. At the front, a hood borrowed from the Essenza and a front splitter with vertical struts are present, while hexagonal LED running lights emphasize Lamborghini's love for hexagons.
The Invencible coupe was unveiled in a bright cherry red shade (Rosso Efesto) with carbon accents. The bodywork is complemented by sills and doorframes in carbon, brake calipers in Rosso Mars (red), and a pair of hexagonal tricolors paying tribute to the Italian flag on the car's scissor doors.
This color theme continues in the Invencible's cabin where red leather and Alcantara are the materials of choice. A Lamborghini logo in Rosso Efesto is stitched into the dashboard, while the same color is used for the gearshift flaps on the steering wheel.
The Auténtica roadster was unveiled in a grey shade (Grigio Titans) with matte black details and bright yellow strips. Code named Giallo Auge, these colorful yellow strips run around the car's carbon bodywork and are complemented by brake calipers in a matching hue. The story is quite similar on the inside. Here, you'll find leather upholstery and Alcantara in varying shades of grey, along with the yellow strips.
Overall, the interior of both cars is clean and minimalistic, with no instrumentation on the center console. Larmboghini's obsession with hexagons continues in the cabin with hexagonal 3D-printed air vents and switches.
With their transition to hybrid powertrains just around the corner, Lamborghini couldn't help but release two more cars with their greatest-ever engine. While we certainly weren't expecting them, we're not going to complain about seeing additional cars with V12 engines. So Lamborghini, please feel free to take another 'V12 bow' before you send the beauty to the museum for good.