When it comes to supercars, most people default to Ferrari or Lamborghini. Ferrari is like the elegant stallion—a refined and mature brand that has been incredibly successful in Formula One and their halo vehicles, like the F40, Enzo and LaFerrari are every boy's wet dream. Lamborghini on the other hand is more like the raging bull—a brand that offers supercars with more brute strength and a louder style. There's a reason the doors scissor up on the Countach and Murcielago, because Lamborghinis were meant to not just attract attention, but make sure you never forget them.
Both Ferrari and Lamborghini are utterly fast, but for Jag Matto of the Pacific Northwest, owning a supercar that's raw, visceral and violent is what's most important to him. That's how he became a three-time Lamborghini owner as well as the captain of this 2012 Aventador LP700-4.
I've known Jag for what feels like ages, having met him in my college days when I used to live in Seattle, and before working for eurotuner and Super Street. As a young freelancer photographer, I shot his E36 M3 project car for Performance BMW magazine close to 20 years ago. We'd later reconnect when I ran into him at our Super Street at LeMay car show last year, followed by coordinating a full feature of his ridiculous twin-turbo Porsche 996 with TechArt aero, built 3.8-liter and mega 1,350hp.
Now you might be wondering, why an Aventador after holding the reins to a 1,000-plus horsepower Porsche? While it might not be as fast as the 911, a Lamborghini offers a different driving experience. As Jag puts it, "This car is raw. With everything that I've done, the car screams to redline and gear shifts are brutal, neck snapping. The sound is amazing too, as the exhaust pops are loud, and the flames it shoots are huge."
This is Jag's third Lamborghini, after having owned a gated manual transmission Murcielago, then a LP640. This all-wheel-drive 2012 Aventador LP700-4 is his new baby, purchased in August of 2018 from Chicago Motors with a fire-breathing Kreissieg exhaust and forged HRE wheels already installed.
Frankly, the Aventador is one of those cars where you don't need to do a whole lot to make it better. In fact, it's already as extreme as it gets in stock form. Equipped with a big, scary 6.5-liter 48-valve V12 engine (codename L539), 691hp and 509 lb-ft of torque is sent to all four wheels via a single clutch, seven-speed tranny. At 3,600 pounds, the body is a carbon-fiber monoque structure, while other important specs consist of carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes, electronic all-wheel-drive and F1-style pushrod and rocker-arm-actuated shocks.
In launch control mode, Aventardors see a 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds while quarter-mile times range in the mid- to high-tens. In case one ever finds itself on an empty runway, the mid-engine marvel has a top speed of 217mph. An important takeaway about the Aventator is that it's regarded as the first Lambo engineered to be more of a handling and able road course car in an effort to get on the same page as Ferrari, which was just one of many reasons why Jag fell in love with it.
Days after Jag took delivery of his LP700, he went straight to work adding this own flavor, lowering it about an inch all-around on Novitec springs. Taking into account the exhaust, a Ginatani ECU software upgrade bumps overall power almost 90hp.
The exterior is a mix-match of aftermarket carbon fiber add-ons starting with Vorsteiner front spoiler and side blades, Mansory rear diffuser, DMC rear wing and lastly, a handful of other carbon accents like the SuperVeloce intakes. For an added splash of color, he powdercoated the engine brace, springs and brake calipers orange. The mod list isn't huge, but the end result is nothing short of spectacular.
When it comes to modifying a supercar, it doesn't take much. We've seen our fair share of twin-turbo Lamborghini builds in recent years, but Jag's methodology takes a clean, Euro approach that uses all the right parts while still being able to enjoy the supercar's raucous driver feeling. It's a car he's enjoyed more than his 1,000-plus horsepower Porsche 911 that sits in his garage most of the time, and a decision he hasn't looked back on since the first time someone asked him if he'd rather have a Ferrari or a raging bull.