New & Used Lamborghini Aventador: In Depth
The exotic Lamborghini Aventador, at $400k, is easily the most expensive regular-production model available from the brand. The two-seat Aventador is available in both roadster and coupe form. It replaces the company's previous range-topper, the Murciélago and focuses on flashy style and extreme performance.
For those who might be curious, Lamborghini took the Aventador's name, like those of its other models, from a Spanish fighting bull.
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A 6.5-liter V-12 engine in standard Aventadors produces 700 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The engine is the fourth to be built in-house by Lamborghini and only the second all-new V-12 design since the 3.5-liter V-12 that was introduced in the 350GT, the brand's first production model.
Shifting duties are handled by what Lamborghini calls an Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) automated manual transmission, which differs from the dual-clutch autos used in most cars in this class. The company claims that, based on this transmission and other developments it made for the Aventador, this car is two generations ahead of the competition. Paired with standard all-wheel drive, the whole package provides undeniably incredible performance—the Aventador is able to accelerate to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and run up to a top speed of 217 mph. Few supercars can match both of those performance figures, putting the top Lambo in even rarer company.
The body may be the most radical element of the Aventador, with a jet-fighter-like design theme and extensive use of carbon fiber. In fact, the entire chassis is made of carbon fiber, making it one of the first carbon monocoque road cars. The suspension and subframes are some of the only structural elements to use any metal at all. The suspension itself is race-inspired, too, with inboard pushrods transferring wheel loads to dampers mounted horizontally inside the body. Despite the weight-saving materials, the big Aventador still weighs in at 3,472 pounds.
Scissor-style doors open onto the cockpit, which is snug, low-slung, and futuristic in its look. As you'd expect from Lamborghini, it's all wrapped and shrouded in exquisite materials, including a healthy dose of carbon fiber. For those looking to buy an Aventador, you'll probably have to get in line, as the first 12 months' worth of production sold out just after the model was introduced--though you would probably want to order one to your own custom specifications anyway, and Lamborghini is more than willing to go in nearly any direction you would wish in terms of paint colors, upholstery materials, and equipment specification.
Only 4,000 Aventadors will be built over its model run. A completely topless Aventador J one-off prototype was made and shown at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and will remain the only such model built. A trio of unique limited-run cars was built using the Aventador's chassis and engine as a basis. Unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Veneno takes an even more extreme angle on style and performance--and no, we didn't think that was possible either.
Lamborghini added the Aventador roadster for 2013. The Aventador is priced from $379,700 in the U.S., a factor that adds to both its exclusivity and its desirability.
A notable addition for the 2015 model year was the Aventador Pirelli Edition, which recognized the supercar's tire supplier. The design package included a choice of four matte exterior colors, a matte black roof, red-outline black wheels, a red accent stripe along the roofline, and various interior finishes, including contrasting red stitching. The Pirelli car was offered in both coupe and roadster body styles and was sold in limited numbers.
Lamborghini also recently introduced a new top model for the Aventador, the LP 570-4 SuperVeloce, or SV for short. It combines the most powerful version of the car's V-12—738 hp—with a net weight around 110 pounds lower than the "standard" Aventador's. The SV includes the requisite big honking wing out back and other aerodynamic tweaks, and Lamborghini says it is capable of a 0–60 time of 2.8 seconds. The SV badge has been appended to many top Lambos in the past, including the Diablo and Murciélago most recently. It means "super fast." Lamborghini will build a total of 600 of these models for worldwide consumption, and in the U.S. they will command a price of about $500,000—a full 25 percent more than the non-SV car.
Further special editions and additional models will be rolled out over the course of the car's lifetime. A more powerful roadster, possibly with the SV name and/or engine could follow next.