The Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae is effectively the swansong of the naturally aspirated V12 engine for Lamborghini, with a limited production run of 350 coupes and 250 Roadster, the Ultimae sold out quickly, and being the last of the breed, prices are still high right now, and Lamborghini went on a rather interesting styling route for this ultimate V12 model.
Automobili Lamborghini took the best from both the Aventador S and the Aventador SVJ to create the ultimate concentration of style into the purest essence of all the different Aventador models since 2011 when the LP700-4 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, this will mean the Aventador was in production for 12 years as the successor will only arrive in 2023 after a VIP unveil in December 2022.
It seems Lamborghini got inspired by the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package, where you get the brutal power of the track-focussed GT3 but without the large wings … a kind of ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ look, understated but with extreme power hiding under those inconspicuous looks … and that’s exactly what this new Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae is, take the power from the Aventador SVJ, tune it a little to pump out 10 more hp, but use the Aventador S body without the ALA, the Active Lamborghini Aerodynamics by removing the rear wing and keeping the S front bumper.
The Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae does come with the side sills and complete rear section of the Aventador SVJ, but the front bumper comes straight from the Aventador S, now with black painted sections and some ‘livery’ in color. And that’s also the case with the engine cover, which is the original unit we’ve seen from the original 2011 Aventador LP700-4, because the Ultimae doesn’t come with any ALA there was no need to have a newly designed front bumper, nor a bespoke engine cover … even the Roadster comes with the regular unit seen on the Aventador LP700-4 Roadster back in 2013.
As usual, MR is among the first to release a 1/18 scale model of any new Lamborghini model, so the Aventador Ultimae is no exception, and because I tend to prefer the presentation or show car livery to add to the collection, this means I go for the 'A' release from MR, in this case, LAMBO050A, but strangely enough, it took MR a long time to finally build this Grigio Acheso version, it seems a satin paint is more difficult to get right on a scale model.
And it shows on the paint finish, there are actually dust particles in the paint, and the satin black paint isn't perfectly applied on the edges either, this isn't the quality I was expecting on an MR of this price range, it seems MR is losing the game in a hurry while makes like GT Spirit is catching up at a seriously lower price range, and Make Up or IDEA is on another level at about the same price, which is a pity as I like MR, I have 25 1/18 scale, MR Lamborghini, in my collection at the time of writing.
But on to the good news, this model is actually a really nice replica of the original Lamborghini Ultimae LP780-4 Coupe, the shade is amazing, and the interior is very nicely done with the Ultimae script on the seat bolster and that red line on the dashboard, while the gold finished engine manifolds are plainly visible through the glass louvered engine cover, and it has to be said the plastic MR uses for glass on these models is very clear, and almost distortion-free.
I also like the exhausts on this model, sure they come from the Aventador SVJ, but MR uses gold insets which makes them look so much better, while those bright red calipers look amazing behind the glossy black center-lock wheels, sadly there is no Pirelli script on the tires, MR never seems to do this detail, could be a license issue I guess.
I also have the Blu Tawaret finished Aventador Ultimae Roadster from MR on pre-order, but it takes time to arrive apparently, and as I'm not sure we'll be seeing either the Coupe or the Roadster from AUTOart, I am really happy to be able to admire this sealed MR for now.
Originally released in June 2022.
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