The SV benefited from lessons learned during the Miura’s first five years in production. Its 4.0-liter V12 engine was more potent with 385 horsepower at 7,850 rpm, and it was easier to drive courtesy of an improved torque curve. Other minor changes included a new setting for the four Weber triple-barrel carburetors and a separate lubrication system between the engine and gearbox.
Lamborghini improved the handling drastically on this model as well. The SV features a stiffer chassis with strategic reinforcements, a revised rear suspension with new anchor points and arms, and a stretched track to accommodate wider tires. A new wheel design helped the SV look even sportier than a standard Miura and most customers opted to have them finished in gold.