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 “super fast, no bull.” I’ve been eager to see how the SV, track focused and pared back accordingly, compares to the original.
Not easy with only 600 made and all sold. First impression: 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 comfortable cruising along the highway, 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 sports cars 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 8,500 rpm, it sounds epic - big, angry and in your face - and that’s exactly what a Superveloce ought to be.