If the new Aventador S has a job to do - beyond the normal one of giving one of the most dramatic and also interest looking for way of receiving from A to B - it's to show to the globe that Lamborghini's 'very sports car' can be as much about material as it is design.
The initial Aventador LP700-4 continues to be a stunning looking supercar, underpinned with a truly outstanding push-rod put on hold all-carbon chassis and also a thumping 690bhp naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12. Indisputable, the Aventador is the 'appropriate' Lamborghini for those that take into consideration the Huracan simply an Audi R8in Italian designer clothing.
But also for all the rebellious, hairy-chested tradition drawn from the Miura, Countach, Diablo, and Murcielago the Aventador has been charged with being somewhat dumbed down in the driving stakes. Sure, it was fast, loud and also bold. Yet likewise hefty, candid as well as with a taking care of balance tipped more toward 'safety and security' understeer compared to white-knuckle delights.
The restricted manufacturing SV version released in 2015 proved that with a few vibrant tweaks and a little additional power there was potential in the Aventador to ruffle a few feathers in the supercar establishment, precisely as the brand name has considering that it's starting in 1963. By removing out 50kg, boosting the power from 690bhp to 740bhp, adding the controversial variable proportion EPAS Dynamic Steering and also enhancing the automobile's aero Lamborghini had the ability to obtain within a hair of the Porsche 918 Spyder's Nurburgring lap time. Okay for a car and truck depending on excellent old fashioned V12 grunt over crossbreed gimmickry as well as with a market price concerning a 3rd of Porsche's technological tour de force.
For the new Aventador S Lamborghini has actually rollover several of what it learned from the SV - Dynamic Steering consisted of - while boosting power to 730bhp. It's likewise added that newest supercar essential - four-wheel steering - and completely revamped the suspension, aero as well as control systems. Impressively it's done all this without contributing to the baseline curb weight, which continues to be at 1,575 kg by Lamborghini's preferred 'dry' number. To place that into context a Huracan is 1,422 kg by the exact same action.
Still substantial yet with an even more aerodynamic grasp as well as raised dexterity from the four-wheel guiding Lamborghini clearly intends to address those criticisms about the Aventador's absence of vibrant sparkle. Just in case you believed it remained in threat of taking it all a little bit also seriously it's additionally added a new configurable driving setting over and above the acquainted Strada, Sport and also Corsa settings and also called it 'Ego'.
Further evidence the S upgrades are much more regarding taking care of that bottom line stats comes when you surf the spec sheets. The 219mph top speed continues to be as before as well as the 0-62mph time is also identical to the LP700-4's at 2.9 secs. It'll press past that to 125mph in 8.9 sec from rest while 0-186mph takes simply 24.2 sec. Be under no impressions, the Aventador S is a ferociously rapid vehicle and also underlines fairly exactly how shocking that V12 stays, even in this age of hybrid help. Forget any type of electrically aided pretense of conserving the planet while taking a trip at 200mph though - upgraded or not the V12 still discards an accordingly unapologetic 394g/km of CO2 while attaining simply 16.7 mpg on the main combined cycle.
Vast straight-line speed and also profligate fuel consumption are a given up a V12 Lamborghini of course. What the four-wheel steering and also other adjustments bring is the large range of the engineers to tune it to be as eager to go round corners as it makes a great deal of noise about going fast and melting lots of fuel. As in various other applications, the four-wheel guiding could transform the wheels in other directions to effectively reduce the wheelbase for greater agility in reduced speed edges while going the other means for broadband stability.
At the same time, the variable steering can go from 2.1 turns secure to secure to 2.4, offering extent for front-end bite in addition to relaxed cruising as well as good manners around a community. Where, allow's face it, a lot of Aventadors spend their time. For those who dare to go on track 130%, even more, downforce at 150mph from a new front bumper and also splitter better stresses Lamborghini's initiatives to boost the front end grip, recommending it's heard the earlier objections. Does it all function, however?
Freak weather on the Valencia-based launch event rather ambuscaded Lamborghini's wish to demonstrate that it has. 4x4 or otherwise, a waterlogged track during the region's largest storm in years is not the best location to be putting a 730bhp Lamborghini via its rates. The road path wasn't any far better, the mountain roads really closed by snow.
When the track at some point opened it was strictly regulated ducks and also drakes ( an appropriate term, given the conditions) behind mindful instructors. But also at this rate, the work that's gone into this brand-new S design front-runner appears. Working through the modes Strada keeps the remarkably ponderous sensation you could obtain from the LP700-4. Unlike most competitors, Lamborghini has stuck with a single-clutch automated handbook - dubbed ISR - instead of a quicker, smoother dual clutch. The designers will certainly tell you it's for factors of weight and also packaging but, in the quicker modes, it's likewise a lot more 'significant' in the fearsome way it swaps through the 7 ratios readily available.
In Strada, though it's hesitant as well as verbose in automatic as well as slow-moving to react to the paddles in the guidebook. The conventional front to back torque split of 40:60 likewise suggests little option but to step very carefully right into the edge and then bide your time heading out. In the wet, Sport is a lot more exciting, sending up to 90% of the drive torque to the back axle as well as letting you dial out mid-corner understeer on the throttle, the automobile revolving with commendable predictability considering the variances in guiding lock, reliable wheelbase length, and rear-wheel guiding.
In this setting, the security control is sufficiently lax to demand assertive improvements in unsafe conditions also. Corsa includes brutal gearshifts you truly do not want to be releasing mid-corner for fear of destabilizing the car as well as a much more neutral torque split that'll send up to 80% to the rear axle. Possibly more suited to a completely dry track, on the day the vehicle understeered stubbornly before ultimately sending the drive to the front axle to draw the automobile from the corner. Ego, for all the uniqueness worth of the name, merely allows you mix and match your favored settings for guiding, powertrain and also suspension from the above.
That there's so much to have fun with as well as a change in the method the Aventador S drives is a considerable development from the LP700-4, which significantly had one way of attacking a corner and provided few choices past that. Instead of a fatality grip at the wheel and also gritted teeth you now drive the huge Lambo with something close to fingertip accuracy. It's no Lotus Elise in terms of finely balanced nuance and also feedback yet it's ultimately obtained the dealing with to do justice to that stunning powertrain, the exotic appearances as well as the sheer pressure of personality.
It is, simply put, a much more innovative and also fulfilling vehicle without watering down the raw excitement any V12 Lamborghini need to provide. Big, bold, unapologetic and thrillingly quick this is a real supercar in the finest traditions of the brand name. It won't gain those who think it a bit much. But also for those people that take a childlike glee in such automobiles still existing it's good to understand it provides on the looks at last.
Lamborghini Aventador S
Price £225,955+VAT; Engine V12, 6498cc, petrol; Power 730bhp at 8400rpm; Torque 509lb ft at 5000rpm; Gearbox 7-spd automated manual; Kerb weight 1575kg; 0-62mph 2.9sec; Top speed 219mph; Economy 16.7mpg; CO2/tax band 394g/km, 37% Rivals Ferrari F12, Noble M600