Lamborghini Aventador review
Bold, brash and brutally fast, the Aventador is everything a flagship Lamborghini should be
The flagship of this famous Italian firm's range, the Lamborghini Aventador pushes supercar boundaries with its carbon-composite chassis and scintillating performance. The latest in a long line of V12 Lamborghinis, it’s sure to become a pin-up poster favourite like the classic Countach. Joining the exclusive V12 road car club it takes the ultimate performance car battle to rivals like the Pagani Zonda, Aston Martin DBS and Ferrari 599 GTO. It’s four-wheel drive, has active aerodynamics and ceramic brakes. Performance is staggering, while the bold looks are unmistakable and the cabin upmarket.
Video: Lamborghini Aventador track test
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The Lamborghini Aventador is one of the most dramatic cars money can buy. Low, wide and aggressive, it attracts huge amounts of attention on the road. Its size, bold octagonal shapes and upward opening scissor doors are key features, but the razor sharp lines are driven as much by aerodynamics as they are by beauty. A composite chassis, 690bhp V12 engine and Formula One inspired push-rod suspension lurk beneath the stunning exterior. The cabin is beautifully trimmed and features a host of high-end Audi-derived switchgear, while the central instrument dials are formed of an ultra modern digitised screen.
As you’d expect, the Lamborghini Aventador delivers mind-boggling performance. Use the launch control – rather appropriately called Thrust Mode - and it will reach 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds, and in the right environment keep accelerating all the way to 217mph. The wide tyres, stiff composite chassis and advanced suspension deliver huge amounts of grip, while four-wheel drive ensures all 690bhp can be placed on the tarmac. The weighty steering delivers decent feel and the turn in is very positive, and there’s no perceivable body roll. In fact the biggest problem with the Lamborghini Aventador is that its performance and handling limits are so high you really can’t get close to them on the road.
Thanks to input from Audi, the flimsy switchgear and temperamental electrics of old are long gone. When it comes to safety the Lamborghini Aventador has stability control, ceramic brakes and an active rear wing. And if the worse should happen, the carbon chassis forms an incredibly strong safety cell, while side, thorax and knee airbags are standard. There’s also a handy colour-reversing camera, which makes it easier to manoeuvre the car's huge bulk in tight spaces. Plus, a hydraulic nose lifter raises the front suspension to allow access to driveways without damaging the low front splitter.
Open the stunning scissor doors and the Lamborghini Aventador cabin is plush and upmarket. All the major controls are placed on the thick transmission tunnel to your left, and the low-slung driving position is very comfortable. The offset pedals take a little time to get used to, as does the sheer size of the Aventador. Away from super smooth race circuits there’s a lot of road noise and the ride is very firm. At night, headlights from cars behind dazzle you as they reflect through the glass engine cover and tiny rear window. There is some luggage room behind the seats and there’s a small but deep boot at the front.
With a price tag nearing the £250,000 mark, only the very privileged will be able to afford a Lamborghini Aventador, and thus running costs are unlikely to be at the top of the priority list. Yet, despite an eight per cent power hike, the all-new V12 engine is around 20 per cent more fuel-efficient than the V12 found in the old Murcielago. Emissions have dropped by a corresponding amount, but the Lamborghini Aventador still emits 398g/km. With a 90-litre fuel tank you can achieve decent range on the road, and it doesn’t demand high-octane fuel. Lamborghini has six dealers in the UK for servicing requirements.