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by Adam Lynton
Unveiled to great fanfare at the Geneva Motor Show, the Aventador J was first conceived just six weeks prior to the event.
A veritable smorgasbord of supercars is on show in Geneva and amongst the most outrageous, head-scratching designs being served up, the screenless, roofless Aventador J is the most sumptuous. Europe's premier auto show is an annual affair, so you would be forgiven for thinking the sensational one-off speedster was long in the making; something that was deliberated over for months, with dozens of designs drawn up and discarded, and hours spent in board rooms thrashing out ideas.
You would be forgiven, but you'd be wrong. According to Top Gear, who secured an exclusive interview with Lamborghini designer Filippo Perini, when CEO Stephan Winkelman asked his team to come up with "something special" for Geneva there was a little over six weeks to complete the project. From scratch. From a blank sheet of paper to a road-legal, homologated supercar in a month-and-a-half is a phenomenal achievement. Perini claims the car was drawn up in a weekend, but don't assume this is simply the Aventador with a few missing parts. Save for the hood, front fender and headlights, every other panel on the J is bespoke.
At the front lurks a huge winglet-covered diffuser, while the rear has adopted a quad-exhaust system. Sleek humps and a carbon-fiber crossbrace covering the engine replace the coupe's slatted rear deck, and the 'periscope' rear-view is a stunning new detail. The speed from conception to full-blown supercar is impressive, but equally so is the speed in which the car was sold. Top Gear say it found a buyer prior its Geneva introduction, and Perini claims one of Lamborghini's best customers snapped it up after being presented with the project. At a cost of $2.74 million, that's one seriously loyal fan.
As an interesting appendage to the story, Top Gear discovered that reports claiming the 'J' suffix refers to the FIA's 'Appendix J' regulations that governs technical specs of sports cars are misleading. In fact, the 'J' is short for 'Jota,' the Miura-based racer that is still regarded as Lamborghini's wildest, most iconic creation.