New & Used Lamborghini Aventador: In Depth
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The Lamborghini Aventador is an exotic two-seat supercar available as both a roadster and a coupe. It’s Lamborghini’s most expensive regular production model, with a focus on flashy style and extreme performance.
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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. 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, one of the first carbon monocoque road cars. The suspension and subframes are nearly 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 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 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, but that will remain the only such model built. 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--if not to its attainability.
A trio of unique limited-run cars will be 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.
For those who might be curious, the Aventador's name is, like other Lamborghini models, derived from a Spanish fighting bull.