The final Aventador Ultimae and next year’s Countach are now spoken for, calling the end of fresh orders for Lambo’s V12 models
Lamborghini’s Aventador Ultimae has now sold through its allocations, making the venerable V12 supercar no longer available for order. First introduced in 2011 with a brand new carbonfibre chassis and V12 engine, the Aventador represented a big leap in Lamborghini’s supercar heritage, and the end of its availability marks a keystone point in the Italian brand’s 58 year history.
Lamborghini’s twelve-cylinder manufacturing line will run through production of these last Ultimae models, as well as the last few remaining S and SVJ models, before switching to production of the limited-run Countach reboot, which has also sold through its total 112-unit run.
What happens after the Countach is where things get interesting as Lamborghini’s future product plans, specifically for its series-production V12 line, will now progress according to the brand’s 2024 target to have every model electrified by some means.
Whether this will be a new iteration of the mild-hybrid supercapacitor system first introduced on the Sian and now the Countach, or something with more substantial electrical assistance remains to be seen, but we’ve been assured that the V12 itself still has plenty of life in it as part of a hybrid powertrain, despite emissions regulations closing in on all sides.
Yet with strong sales on the back of the Urus SUV and the fantastic new Huracán STO (which has already racked up an impressive order bank), Lamborghini is in a particularly strong position as it pushes ahead with its next generation, not to mention now being able to leverage on its new-found connection to Rimac in the development of new electrified powertrains.
Sadly, this news does mean the end of the pure-combustion V12 Lamborghini. Its illustrious past follows a clear line through the Miura, Countach, Diablo, Murcielago and finally Aventador, each representing a different generation of the supercar, and the passionate fan base that went with them. But with such a lineage, and so much momentum in front of them, we can’t wait to see what Lamborghini has in store for the future.