Most things Lamborghini gain their name from founder Ferruccio’s fascination with bullfighting – in the case of the Aventador, it’s the animal that won the Trofeo de la Peña La Madroñera in 1993.
But the word I’m most interested in here is superveloce, which translates as superfast, no bull. Track-focused and pared-back accordingly, I’ve been eager to see how the SV compares to the original.
Not easy with only 600 made and all sold. First impression is that it feels bigger, even though it’s the same size. Not taller though: I’ve always thought Lamborghinis were built for smaller people and this is no exception.
Its roar comes in three sizes. There’s Strada mode for comfortably cruising along the motorway, Sport is more performance-oriented, and then there’s Corsa for aggressive track days.
Strada feels smooth and the steering ratio is very pointy. If you like your sportscars to excite, this is how to do it. In Sport mode, things get a little louder and the car instantly feels faster. Paddle-shifting brings out the drama of the big V12 engine and going up to the redline at 8,500rpm, it sounds epic – big, angry and in-your-face – and that’s exactly what a Superveloce should be.