Car pictures of the week
In this week’s car pictures from issue 298, we look at the highlights from our drive in the Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae Roadster
The end is nigh for the Lamborghini Aventador, with the limited-run Ultimae to be the final model in its decade-long production run. In this week’s car pictures, we explore Andy Morgan’s visual highlights from when Richard Meaden went to Italy to get behind the wheel. To read our verdict, pick up your copy of issue 298 in store or online via the evo shop.
The Aventador has always had its flaws, from its single-clutch ISR gearbox to some very odd ergonomics, yet it remains one of the most thrilling performance cars available today. Combining elements from the hardcore SVJ and standard S models, the Ultimae promises to be the best iteration for the road, but do its upgrades go further than its understated looks suggest?
Under its sculpted engine cover borrowed from the S Roadster is the same 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 you’ll find at the heart of every variant, but the Ultimae receives some tweaks. As highlighted by Andy Morgan, its golden intake manifold denotes its high state of tune, with output up 10bhp on even the SVJ, at 769bhp – this makes it the most powerful Aventador produced.
Elsewhere, the Ultimae drops the SVJ’s wild aero for the cleaner design of the S, only borrowing the SVJ’s dual exit exhaust system, rear grille and diffuser. Inside, you won’t find those infamous bucket seats first seen in the SV, with Sant'Agata opting for a more comfort-oriented cabin.
To find out if this final model truly is the ultimate, grab your copy of issue 298 in store or online via the evo shop.
Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.