4. Ego mode

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The car’s in­no­va­tive new seven- speed gear­box with in­de­pen­dent shift­ing rods al­lows for quicker, smoother tran­si­tions.

The re­sult, com­pared with the Aven­ta­dor, is a no­tice­ably sportier feel when us­ing the man­ual pad­dle shifters be­cause each gear change is more pre­cise. It also feels more com­fort­able ( though less ex­cit­ing) to drive in au­to­matic be­cause each gear change is ironed out like a sail.

I should note that the “Au­to­matic” gear- change func­tion is not avail­able in the Corsa drive mode — that’s the one best re­served for track set­tings, since it’s the rawest of the now four modes avail­able.

Sport, Strata, and the new Ego mode — yes, it’s re­ally called that — are the other drive set­tings avail­able, and they work with ei­ther man­ual or au­to­matic shift­ing. You can switch be­tween the drive set­tings at will, at what­ever speed you want.

Ego in par­tic­u­lar is great be­cause it al­lows the ad­justable four-wheel drive to cal­i­brate into one of 24 dif­fer­ent per­son­alised com­bi­na­tions of the other three modes, de­pend­ing on the driver’s style and sen­si­bil­ity and what but­tons you push in the car.

5. De­sign and per­for­mance

There’s no mis­tak­ing the Aven­ta­dor S as any­thing but an Aven­ta­dor in looks. The tail lights are still a se­ries of small, red, ar­row- shaped lights. They, along with the en­tire rear and sides, draw de­sign in­spi­ra­tion from space rock­ets and fighter jets.

But the Aven­ta­dor S looks more like a Coun­tach than ever. Jay-Z would be pleased.

New vents in the sides and un­der­neath the car im­prove air cool­ing, which is the sin­gle most im­por­tant thing to man­age in per­for­mance cars — the cooler you can keep the en­gine bay, the faster and longer you can go ( and the less chance you have of blow­ing up).

A rear- end re­struc­tured to be squarer and larger over­all also al­lows for bet­ter aero­dy­nam­ics, which trans­lates into faster speeds and bet­ter ef­fi­ciency.

The car also feels faster when i t strikes. An in­creased front split­ter and the new aero dif­fuser with three new ac­tive rear-wing po­si­tions in­crease down­force by 130 per­cent, with 50 per­cent bet­ter ef­fi­ciency at the high­est points of down­force.

Can you see how all th­ese smaller changes add up to big per­for­mance gains?

True, those buy­ing an ex­otic car seem es­pe­cially un­likely to in­quire about how much petrol it guz­zles (you’ve got to feed those 12 cylin­ders some­thing, af­ter a l l ) . But here’s how i t mat­ters: Dur­ing a day at the track or a day driv­ing up­state, you’ll have to stop less of­ten to re­fuel. Which means more un­in­ter­rupted time be­hind the wheel. And isn’t that all any­body wants, any­way?

6. Pol­ished cock­pit

It’s here, in the in­te­rior, that the Aven­ta­dor S so­lid­i­fies it­self as a true lux­ury su­per­car com­pared with, say, the Ford GT, which has ex­emp- lary spec­i­fi­ca­tions but an in­te­rior far rougher around the edges.

Where the GT is primed only for track sat­is­fac­tion, this Aven­ta­dor S could al­most be con­strued as a daily driver be­cause of how well the in­te­rior is trimmed and fit­ted. (It’s also more fun to drive, of course, even at slow speeds, and with the all­wheel- steer­ing, it’s nim­ble enough to cover a mul­ti­tude of pot­hole sins.)

Any­way, the ver­ti­cally open­ing doors now have han­dles lo­cated along the floor­board, which sounds odd but is ac­tu­ally the most con­ve­nient and clever place for them.

The car is low, and you sit low in its sup­ple and er­gonomic leather seats. It’s noth­ing at all to reach down and pop open the doors as lightly as if they had been spring loaded.

The other no­tice­able change in­side the Aven­ta­dor S is the in­stru­ment clus­ter be­hind the steer­ing wheel. Now, de­pend­ing on which drive mode you choose, the dig­i­tal screen scrolls through dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions dis­play­ing speed, RPM, en­gine sta­tus, fuel lev­els, gears, and other safety and trac­tion sys­tems in the car. The dis­play for Corsa — one full RPM arch — feels ex­tra race-ready.

So, are you en­ter­tained?

James Fo­ley, sales di­rec­tor, Ca­vanaghs of Charleville, presents the 172 Ford Range at the deal­er­ship’s site in Charleville, North Cork.

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