If you’re in a Lamborghini and you hear your tires squealing, chances are the next thing you’ll hear is the sound of some corner of the car impacting a wall or another hard object. These cars are, historically, not the sorts of machines to reward over-driving. So, when I was handed the keys to the world’s fastest production car around the Nurburgring, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, I expected a day full of forced restraint and pucker-inducing moments. Post-Performante If you followed along to Italy last year for my first drive of the Lamborghini Huracan Performante you know that a lot of relatively minor tweaks made for a radical transformation. The Huracan went from a pulse-quickening road car to compelling track-day toy.Aventador S — which itself was a surprisingly big step up over the plain-Jane Aventador.Porsche 911 GT2 RS with a time of six minutes and 44 seconds. That’s about seven seconds faster than the Performante, which itself held the record for a little while, and 15 seconds lower than the old Aventador SV. What’s new? Well, we’ll start with the tires, because while most attention will be focused on the new hardware, it’s the sticky bits that make the most difference. The SVJ rolls on 255/30 ZR20 front Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tires and absolutely massive 355/25 ZR21 rears, all four of which were specifically developed for the car. Those hitting the track, however, can opt for Trofeo R tires, offering kevlar internals for greater sidewall strength. However, those will only… [Read full story]
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