And along came a concept car. This time around we have the Lamborghini Aventador J by AUTOart. Shortly after the release of the Aventador, the team at Lamborghini unveiled the Aventador J Concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The roofless and windowless concept car uses the same V12 engine as the standard Aventador, producing 700 hp through a lightweight seven-speed automated transmission. Fun fact: the ‘J’ in Aventador J actually stands for Jota, in reference to a 1970s one-off Lamborghini Miura Jota. So how did AUTOart do?
Our model is finished in Verde Ithaca/Metallic Green; the original concept was completed in Rosso J/Metallic Red. Due to timing of the review, the Red is currently unavailable to collectors. The exterior lines of the replica cover the original well, AUTOart did a great job capturing the overall essence of the slick and streamlined design. The panel gaps on my model were a little large on the door side and on the front hood though. I suspect the door gaps are required to facilitate the proper motion of the upswinging doors. My personal favourite angle to appreciate the Aventador J design is definitely from above. So cool!
The front end of the model is executed nicely. Headlights are detailed and defined, front lower grilles are all perforated with Lamborghini logo finishing off the entire package. One thing I noticed is a ‘J’ decal fixed on either side of the lower chin spoiler positioned on the upper fin, though I did not see the same decal on images I reviewed. The rear is much the same. Taillights are replicated in true Aventador J form; again, all the grille work is created with perforated metal. AUTOart went as far as replicating the same carbon material in the license plate as the original. My only call-out here is the left and right vents on either side of the Lamborghini logo are not as deep as the original, though this is a very minor oversight.
Wheels are beautifully crafted in typical AUTOart form. The calipers here are painted Verde Ithaca to match the exterior along with the centre cap. Everything works and flows perfectly.
The rear motor compartment is accessed by removing the lid. No hinges here, the end user is free to remove it completely. The removable hood is held in place with small magnets to ensure it doesn’t accidentally fall out when the model is held upside down. What is revealed are mucho carbon fibre and that monster V12. All elements are nicely executed, and fit and finish are very, very good throughout. I did notice all the movable cooling elements are static on the Aventador J. Front storage compartment is equally clean. The struts and beautifully engineered hinges work flawlessly and add the level of realism we all like to see.
The interior is nicely appointed, a usual strong point with AUTOart models. The exterior paint flows nicely through the cabinet via the centre console. Seats ate nicely replicated and feature fabric and metal buckles for the seat-belts. I love the low cut glass wind deflectors for driver and passenger, and the slick, aerodynamic rear view mirror. All key elements of the Aventador J.
With the large amounts of Lamborghini models available today, the Aventador J might not find its way into everyone’s collection. I’m a huge fan of concept cars, and lucky to have a great selection of them in my personal collection, so this one is a must have for me. Though the model isn’t perfect as noted above, the overall execution is darn good. Your current available assortment of colours includes green, black, and white, with red to follow shortly. Which colour is perfect for you? Enjoy the pics!