Lamborghini introduced its first V12 engine in 1963 with the brand’s 350 GT model. Since then, the use of a V12 engine has become a Lamborghini hallmark — along with high levels of performance and unique and aggressive visual designs. Now, after nearly six decades of churning out V12 models, the Raging Bull is finally letting the sun set on its dozen-cylinder powertrain platform, however, before it does so, the Italian automaker is giving the engine one final farewell, taking the final Aventador to roll off the production line and giving it the one-off treatment.
Known as the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae Roadster, this one-of-one, left-hand drive Aventador pays homage to another factory-built one-off Lamborghini, the Miura P400 Roadster. This one-of-one drop-top Miura was created as a show car that was first unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show in April of 1968. Like the Miura Roadster, the Aventador that pays homage to it comes draped in Azzuro Flake paint — a livery that’s been complemented via a Grigio Liqueo rocker cover and Nero Aldebaran pinstriping. In lieu of the black-painted elements on the Miura, Lamborghini has bestowed the Aventador Ultimae with a slew of exposed carbon fiber elements including its roof, rear engine cover, sill, front splitter, and rear diffuser. The Aventador Ultimae’s exhaust has also been blacked out along with its brake calipers while its silver wheels further pay tribute to the Miura Roadster.
The Aventador Ultimae is a product of the Ad Personam program — Lamborghini’s in-house factory customization division. The interior of the Aventador Ultimae has also been heavily reworked. The car’s seat leather, trim, dash, and center console have all been upholstered in Bianco Leda leather with complementary Nero Aldebaran adorning the headrests. Alongside period-correct Miura badging, the cabin has also been gifted a retro-inspired Bertone-badged steering wheel, a vintage-style analog instrumentation setup, and an old-school gated stickshift and vintage shift knob.
So, while this one-off creation marks Lamborghini closing the chapter on its long-running use of V12 powertrains, it nonetheless opens the door to what we can only imagine is a no-less high-performance future from the Raging Bull brand.