Lamborghini Aventador J Blends Exotic, Superbike

Update: Lamborghini Aventador J at Geneva 2012

Part car, part motorcycle? Usually those combinations result in something like a three-wheeled tricycle or something. The Lamborghini Aventador J blends the two elements though in superlative fashion, with an exotic car at the Geneva Motor Show unlike any other.

From all indications it seems like the Aventador J would be in the concept file, but this baby is headed for the street. The catch? Only one is headed for the street, and it is already sold. The “J” in the car’s name comes from FIA motorsport rules, where “Appendix J” defines the specifications for race cars in various classes. Lamborghini says the car draws on history in the form of the 1970 Jota, which was a one-off as well.

As you can tell, the car’s roof has been hacked off entirely, along with the windshield and supporting components. Instead there is a small wind deflector on each side. Obviously then, this car will require motorcycle gear to be safely driven, especially at a high rate of speed. The Aventador J’s bodywork protrudes into the center of the vehicle, where the rearview mirror resides.

Nice. This line continues through the interior, providing a break between the driver and front passenger. Lamborghini says each line is defined by one principle: “form follows function.” But then, they define what that function is: “explosive dynamics, extreme driving fun, a unique experience.” If only everything had that function. Modern conveniences like HVAC, an audio system and navigation have been gutted to save weight. With the roof gone as well as these extra items, weight on the Aventador J is down to 3472 pounds.

Dimensions are particularly startling: Aventador J clocks in at about 192.5 inches long, 79.9 inches wide and just 43 inches tall. Bumpers up front and back help to further create the car’s striking profile. Lamborghini says the driving experience is unlike any other, and we believe them. Under the rear bonnet is the Aventador’s 6.5-liter V-12, unchanged and making 700 horsepower. The result is delightfully outrageous. Lambo says “the Aventador J is the proof that, despite the rules, Lamborghini will always make people dream, even in the future.” Indeed. You can dream below with our gallery of the most radical modern Lambo.

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