Built in Italy. Just arrived from the future. That pretty much sums up the Lamborghini’s latest creation from the small country town of Sant’Agata Bolognese and like most new Lamborghini models that have preceded it, the Aventador is already a public relations superstar.
Full production capacity for the Aventador is somewhere between 700 to 800 cars per year and Lamborghini are already holding over 1400 orders for what may well end up becoming the most successful flagship model in the company’s 48 year history. For those of us in Shanghai who have driven the car on track and with varying degrees of anger, that’s not at all surprising.
The first line in the special hard cover book by Lamborghini on the Aventador LP700-4 says A Relentless Force. The writer’s of this publication couldn’t be more accurate. Put the transmission into the Corsa mode (there is normal, sport and Corsa) and drill the Lambo’s throttle and you will have a new understanding of the word aggression.
This is not just a supercar; the Aventador is the most extreme version of the species and a technological tour De force on so many levels.
The 6.5-litre V12 is pure automotive art itself. As the LP700-4 badge denotes, it produces 700 PS (515 kW) of power at 8,250rpm and 690 Nm at 5,500rpm making the Avenatdor a proper 2.9-second car from 0-100km/h. Top speed, is listed as 350km/h (217mph).
The Aventador gives new meaning to the word extreme. You can’t believe how low the car sits. With a height of just 1.136 metres it actually looks compact, almost like you were looking at the next Gallardo. But at almost five metres in length and a width of 2.265 metres, the Aventador is anything but compact.
Raising Lamborghini’s trademark scissor doors reveals a futuristic cockpit that appears more like the inside of an F-22 Raptor jet fighter than any road going supercar. Even the engine start button is identical to a fighter’s red-capped weapons 'hot' button and the main instrument cluster looks like a bank of avionics read-outs.
The whole car is virtually carbon fibre (produced in-house at Lamborghini) and for that, the Aventador weighs in at just 1575 kilograms, which is partly the reason why such a large vehicle is able to achieve such ballistic levels of performance on the track.
Cornering and grip levels are off the scale extreme too, partly due to the car’s super wide footprint from the 335/30 ZR20 wheel/tyre combination at the rear, as well as the racing style pushrod suspension, front and rear.
Listening to the F1 style engine note as the Aventador blasts down the main straight at Shanghai’s International Circuit is as good as it gets, so stay tuned for our complete track test review of Lamborghini’s latest and greatest, shortly.