MORE POWER TO YOUR EL­BOW: FASTER NEW LAMBO RE­VIEWED

Lam­borgh­ini has up­dated the Aven­ta­dor with more power and new tech. Jack Evans went to see how it stacks up

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WHAT’S NEW?

The orig­i­nal Aven­ta­dor was launched in 2011, and so it’s high time that it re­ceived some at­ten­tion to bring it up to date – which brings us to this, the Aven­ta­dor S. The orig­i­nal car was one of the most suc­cess­ful mod­els ever made by the Ital­ian su­per­car maker, so the new 730bhp Aven­ta­dor S has a lot of weight upon its shoul­ders.

How­ever, it’s now armed with four-wheel steer­ing, as well as up­rated soft­ware, which should make it even sharper to drive than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. It also gains ‘Ego’ mode, which gives the abil­ity to split the sep­a­rate driv­ing modes to suit the in­di­vid­ual.

LOOKS AND IM­AGE

Here’s where a Lam­borgh­ini re­ally needs to suc­ceed, and thank­fully the Aven­ta­dor S doesn’t dis­ap­point. Its new look, up­graded for 2017, looks im­pres­sive in the flesh. It’s close to the orig­i­nal, but it’s the sub­tle dif­fer­ences that re­ally make it stand out.

The front end, for in­stance, now has ad­di­tional in­lets, or ‘ teeth’, as Lam­borgh­ini calls them. At the side, the air in­takes have been cleaned up and the over­all im­pres­sion is of a sim­pler, more pur­pose­ful ve­hi­cle. The iconic scis­sor doors re­main, which means that wher­ever you pull up, you’re sure to make an en­trance.

SPACE AND PRAC­TI­CAL­ITY

As a two-seater, £270,000 su­per­car, the Aven­ta­dor doesn’t of­fer too much in terms of prac­ti­cal­ity. You do, how­ever, get a small boot in the front of the car, which is just about large enough for a soft week­end bag. If you’re look­ing to trans­port a lot of items, you may have to look else­where. There’s a bit of space be­hind the seats, but this is suited to only two jack­ets or a small bag.

BE­HIND THE WHEEL

Re­joice, as the Aven­ta­dor S re­tains that orig­i­nal car’s iconic 6.5-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V12. It puts out a stag­ger­ing 730bhp - 40bhp more than be­fore – as well as 690Nm of torque. This is sent to the road through all four wheels via a sin­gle-clutch au­to­matic gear­box. It’ll reach 60mph in just 2.7 sec­onds, and con­tinue fe­ro­ciously ac­cel­er­at­ing un­til it hits a top speed of 217mph.

The big­gest change comes in the form of four-wheel steer­ing, which aims to im­prove han­dling and sta­bil­ity at high speed, as well as mak­ing the car eas­ier to drive at lower speeds. It has the abil­ity to vir­tu­ally shorten the wheel­base by 500mm for low speed move­ments, or in­crease it by 700mm for bet­ter sta­bil­ity.

The first Aven­ta­dor was some­what of a brute, with very lit­tle fi­nesse in terms of han­dling or dy­nam­ics. The same can­not be said for the S, which now demon­strates a del­i­cacy to its han­dling.

Now able to send up to 90% of its drive to the rear wheels, the Aven­ta­dor S feels far more ad­justable than be­fore. Go too hard into a cor­ner and it will nat­u­rally push into un­der­steer, but plant the throt­tle and it’ll quickly match that with far more over­steer than you might ex­pect. There’s ac­tu­ally a fair amount of feel trans­lated from the road through the steer­ing wheel too, which makes plac­ing the car – and given its size it takes a lot of plac­ing – a lit­tle bit eas­ier.

The per­for­mance af­forded by that in­cred­i­ble V12 is ad­dic­tive. In all-out Corsa mode it is truly bru­tal, with each gearshift in­ten­si­fy­ing the fury. It revs out in­sa­tiably, and con­tin­ues pulling through­out the range. How­ever, rather than be­ing matched with rather blunt steer­ing as found in the orig­i­nal Aven­ta­dor, that fury is now ap­plied in a far more com- posed way. More di­rect, it’s a car that feels keen to at­tack cor­ners just as hard as the straights.

The Aven­ta­dor S’ ride is also some­thing spe­cial. It’s firm, there’s no doubt about that, but it re­mains com­posed.

One point of con­tention is that gear­box. When push­ing on, it makes com­plete sense, with crisp up and down­shifts com­plet­ing the rac­ing pack­age. How­ever, around town it’s sim­ply too jerky – and when com­pared with mod­ern dual-clutch units it feels out­dated.

VALUE FOR MONEY

At more than £270,000, the Aven­ta­dor S is not what you’d call cheap. How­ever, for that money you get a me­chan­i­cal mas­ter­piece in that V12 en­gine. You also get a hugely im­pres­sive de­sign, which stands out in the pres­ence of al­most any other car.

WHO WOULD BUY ONE?

The Aven­ta­dor S is ideal for some­one who wants to stand out from the crowd. Not only that, it’s for peo­ple look­ing for supreme per­for­mance, high lev­els of crafts­man­ship and at­ten­tion to de­tail.

It’s a truly im­pres­sive pack­age, and one that is hard not to fall for. There are foibles to find – the gear­box, for in­stance, might be­come an­noy­ing in day-to-day us­age – but the over­all im­pres­sion is of a car that has been re­fined and given a needed level of fi­nesse.

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