The test drive
The vicious V12 Aventador has long been more than enough car for anyone with even a scrap of sanity. But the Italians looked at it and saw something that needed to be a bit shoutier and a tad more absurd. This is what they’ve created with the new Aventado
The people who design Lamborghinis could have been bikie-tattoo designers. Certainly, the lurid sketches they showed us to explain what inspired the Aventador S would not look out of place in Sons of Anarchy, with their writhing cobras or vicious sharks. They even admitted they’d tried to make it look like a Space Shuttle. There are also bits of the company’s classic Countach in the new S (it stands for ‘Something that is better’) if you know where to look. It’s overblown, but there’s something alluring about it, as if it’s reaching out to the teenage boy inside and saying, ‘Look, I have scissor doors – love me!’ Sometimes too much is just exactly enough.
Only a nut-bar of an engineer could look at the standard Aventador’s 514kw V12, fire-belching engine and think, ‘This could use a few more horses.’ Yet somehow the 6.5-litre megamachine has been pushed to make an extra 30kw, at a deafening 8400rpm, as well as 690Nm of torque. Lamborghini tells us you can feel this extra grunt all the way through the mid range, and at the top end, but the one place you won’t notice it is in the 0 to 100km/h sprint, which has stayed at 2.9 seconds. On the plus side, the new S can go from zero to 300km/h in 24 seconds, which will no doubt come in handy on a daily basis.
The word ‘Intimidating’ can’t do this intense driving machine justice because you’re constantly taunted by its deafening noises and capabilities. It’s as wide as a Toyota Landcruiser and a properly hairy handful because it weighs 1575kg. It’s also 4.8m long – even though you can’t see any of the bits to the rear, as you practically sit on the floor and all that engine is right behind. This is not a modern, scalpellike supercar from Mclaren or Ferrari – this is an old-school monster of possibly murderous intent, which makes it as addictive as illegal drugs. Or, sky diving.
Subtlety be damned – and Aventador is right out there on the edginess. So much so that the shift paddles, behind the steering wheel, feel genuinely sharp enough to shave with. You also get a ‘bombs-away’ style starter button, lots of jet fighter-looking bits, an adjustable digital display that can offer a single speedo the size of a dinner plate, or a tachometer that changes colour to tell you it’s time to change gear. Not that you’ll be game to ever take your eyes off the road. It’s not exactly a classy cabin, but it sure is cool.
Obviously, if you need to ask how much it costs you’re going to be shocked by the answer, which is a staggering $788,914. But if you can afford one, you’ll probably be quite happy to tell your friends you paid that much. If you are that guy, order one today and it will arrive in around six months.