Lamborghini Aventador ~ 2011-Present
Since Audi’s first real user friendly Supercar, the 2003 Lamborghini Gallardo, Audi decided to bring its top of the line, bulky V12 Bull to the same standard. The 2001-2010 Murcielago was a step forward in terms of usability over the previous Diablo series, but it never was going to be the outright choice for a racing contender over the more agile and nimble Gallardo models. So Audi simply demanded its engineers to develop the best Lamborghini Supercar available in the world to replace the aging Murcielago! This project will ultimately be revealed to the public at the 2011 February Geneva Auto Show, as the brand new 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (codename LB 834).
The “Aventador” was named as usual after a famous Spanish fighting bull, who had been especially brave in a 1993 fight, and had been since praised for its courage. The Aventador is, unlike its predecessors, brand new from the ground up starting from the chassis. Gone is the antiquated steel tubular frame chassis, and in is a totally new, state of the art, one piece carbon fiber monocoque tub chassis with a front and rear aluminum subframe to attach the suspensions, engine and power train. This technology, already used by Ferrari in 1995 on the F50, allows Lamborghini to obtain a chassis 150% stronger than the one found on the Murcielago, while only weighing 325 lb (147kg). The suspensions also are completely updated with the use of pushrod inboard front and rear telescopic dampers and coil springs linked to double wishbone elements. This technique helps reduce the unsprung mass on the wheels, and makes the Lamborghini Aventador more responsive on its toes by giving the Aventador a perfect wheel travel.
The design was done in-house by “Centro Stile Lamborghini” or simply “Lambroghini‘s Stylistic Center” and followed the dramatic Supercar stance that Lamborghini got us to fall in love with. With a “Reventon” inspired design, the Aventador has a more tridimensional body design than the Murcielago, starting with a short chiseled front-end. The front-end showcases what can be interpreted as three vertical folding lines, one on each fender and one running right at the center of the hood. Like the Reventon, the front fender extends slightly forward finishing as a point. Below each pointy front fender is a massive air-intake with a lower “jaw” protruding forward like on the second Gallardo generation. Also like the Gallardo (MkII) the wedged headlights with LED internal components form a “Y” or “bull’s head with horns” shape. The roofline is a first for Lamborghini because it was inspired by Zagato’s work with its dual-bubble top roofline trademark… and it looks fantastic on the Aventador, which gives even more body strength and charismatic dimensions to this new V12 Bull. Following the roofline is the engine bay covered most of the time with the optional three open glass slats to dissipate hot air from the V12. Placed just after the slats, and resting between the thin tail lights accentuated by three “Y” LEDs in each unit, is located an active rear spoiler laying flush to the body panels when not needed.The same active principal is fitted this time on the rear pillar’s air intakes, making the Aventador more aerodynamic when extra cooling isn’t needed, as also seen for the first time in the Murcielago. Underneath each tail light is a huge air-vent matching the front units, and again below the rear air-extractor is a rear diffuser with a massive “single” trapezoidal exhaust pipe placed right in the center. If the Reventon’s design was inspired from the stealth jet fighter F22 Raptor, it was designed in a childish and naïve way, but unlike its more exclusive sister, the Aventador have a more grown-up way to display its aeronautical side, and this couldn’t be more true than looking at it from the rear with most of its rear panels cut in a “M” pattern. The Aventador’s flanks adorned two air-vents, one after and before the front and rear wheel arches, while three air intakes were fitted after the door with a large unit under the belt line and two more stacked-up just after the rear quarter window and lodged in the rear pillar. Not seen on any Lamborghini before though was an exterior black trim element done on all air-intakes and the rear air-vents under the tail lights. This again brought more dimension and semi relief lines to the Aventador’s design than the Murcielago ever had.
As for inside you can choose between the “Sportivo” or “Elegante” interior treatment, and like the outside, the interior style remains angular or should I say “Bertonesque” at best. The Aventador's binnacle houses an all digital TFT instrument with the rev-counter right in the middle, and as in the 458 Italia, it can double as a speedometer when pressing on the right stalk button. On the steering wheel a few buttons could be found, which includes the voice recognition command, and behind it are two paddle shifters for the brand new robotized 7-speed Independent Shifting Rods (ISR) single clutch transmission. On the straight center console angled at 45˚, a navigation/radio/rear camera (optional) screen gives you a clear view of the information needed with a series of buttons ranging from the electric windows to the “warning lights”. Under it, the AC/heater control unit can be found, with again underneath it the three position car settings mode going from “Strada” (street), “Sport” to “Corsa” (Race). Below it you will find a geeky keyless start button protected by a red lid “a la Top Gun”. Following on down the center console is a cluster of buttons, and dial for the navigation, radio and other information related to the center console screen. And finally but not least, two buttons allow you to select between the automatic and manual transmission, while an electric handbrake button placed all the way at the bottom of the center console lets you begin your journey after firing up this beast.
The piece the resistance, as every Lamborghini is the engine, and as the chassis this last one was a brand new motor not related to the original Bizzarini V12 design that was shoe horned in every Lamborghini V12 from the 350 GT to the Murcielago. The name, Aventador LP 700-4, stood for “Longitudinale Posteriore” meaning that the engine was positioned at the rear and was fitted Longitudinally. It developed 700 ps/691 hp at 8250 rpm and received an all wheel drive system giving the Aventador tremendous grip, even in wet conditions.This dry-sump, quad-cam 48 valves, all aluminum V12 unit has a capacity of 6.5 liter (396 cu in), and is as the second Gallardo generation, cast with hard silicone crystals in its entire mass, making it possible to part with the usual cylinder linings while reducing internal friction at the same time. This Lamborghini V12 is mated to the sequential 7-speed single clutch transmission only (no manual), which can up-shift in 50 millisecond in “Corsa” mode. A total of five transmission settings are offered, two are allocated to the Automatic mode with “Strada” and “Sport”, while the Manual mode offers these last two modes and the “Corsa” mode where the “Steering Assist” is well, less “Assist”, and the throttle response as well as the up-shifting process and exhaust noise are sharpened. To conclude with this new four-wheel drive system, the front and rear differential are controlled by the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which creates with the inboard pushrod suspensions a better dynamic handling. With a full carbon-fiber tub, aluminum front fenders, hood lid, and doors, as well as Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) for the engine lid and rear spoiler, and finally SMC (plastic) for the rear fenders. Also Bi-flex (plastic) is used for the front and rear bumper, which absorb energy, the Aventador succeeds in weighing less than the Murcielgo LP 640-4 by a large 198 lb (90 kg), and is only 22 lb (10 kg) heavier than the last super light Murcielago LP 670-4 SV!
With these numbers and a sophisticated transmission, the Aventador can launch itself to 60 mph from a standstill in a mind bending 2.9 seconds, and can top 217 mph (350 km/h) at full speed. It also can go down the 1/4 mile in 10.5 seconds, while 1.6 G of acceleration can be experienced at launch! To stop this ferocious Bull, Lamborghini fitted the Aventador with cross drilled ventilated Carbon Ceramic ABS brakes as standard, with six piston calipers at the front and four at the rear, and they work wonders when not catching on fire! With all this technological tour de force, the fuel consumption and CO2 release have been said to be down 20%… or at least that is what Lamborghini has been claiming… yes Lamborghini has been known to catch fishes that big!
For the 2012 Geneva motor show Lamborghini unveiled the Aventador J. The Aventador J essentially is an Aventador “Speedster” with dual windshield binnacles instead of a windshield and was sold for $2.8 million to a Lamborghini collector.
Right after that the Aventador “Dreamliner Edition” was introduced. This special series featured the not so well executed white and blue Boeing 787 Dreamliner colors.
In November 2012 Lamborghini announced the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster. As with the Diablo and Murcielago, the Aventador Roadster got its roof chopped off and replaced by two carbon fiber hard-top roof pieces weighing less than 6 kg / 13 lb each. Once removed, the Roadster's two carbon fiber roof pieces can be lodged in the front hood/luggage compartment. The rear pillars are reworked to be able to receive the new roofing system and also two pop-up anti-roll bars. Between the rear pillars a wing manages wind noise rather well, while an electric rear windshield allows you to protect yourself from turbulence as well as too much exhaust note. The redesigned engine lid cover received a central spin and two pairs of hexagonal glass allowing for better cooling, peeping voyeurism while being weatherproof. The newly designed “Dione” wheels are specific to the Aventador Roadster and save 10 kg/22lb of unsprung weight on four corners. Color scheme wise the Aventador Roadster is delivered in a dual-color tone with the front pillars and high rear section of the rear pillars as well as the roof panels finished in gloss black from the factory.
The V12 engine and its 700 ps/691 hp is the same one found on the Coupe, but due to an extra 50 kg/110 lb on board needed to reinforce the chassis, the Aventador Roadster still manages the same top speed as the Aventador Coupe with 350 km/h / 217 mph, but the 0-60 mph time went from 2.9 sec to a full 3 seconds. Sadly all this macho-power also comes with cylinder deactivation that shuts off a full bank of 6 cylinders as well as a “Stop & Start” system to appease green minds.
Following the Aventador Roadster, Lamborghini released for their 50th anniversary the Aventador LP 720-4 50˚ Anniversario in April 2013. Only 100 Coupes and 100 Roadsters have been produced and as the name suggests the 50˚ Anniversario has 720 ps / 710 hp at 8250 rpm from the retuned V12 but performance stayed the same. What didn’t stay the same though is the front and rear-end, which are reworked for this anniversary model. The front splitter is accentuated and gained a vertical wing on each side. The rear-end received more meshed screen surface for cooling purposes and the rear diffuser is more pronounced. Inside a more luxurious leather trim with specific quilted diamond pattern can be found and is color coded to match the eccentric and flashy dual-tone body paint job.
In all the Lamborghini Aventador is more dramatic to look at than the Murcielago, and it renews with a more complex curvy design or should I say angles as Bertone would have liked it. Also and for the first time since the Miura series, the big dog Lamborghini is finally a Supercar that can handle and is mature, not only in front of the latest hip nightclub, but also in the real world and more importantly and surprisingly at the track as well while still looking like a Lamborghini.
For 2015 the SuperVeloce formula was adopted on the Aventador now tagged with the Aventador LP 750-4 SV nomenclature which allowed to shave 50 kg/110 lb of weight from the LP 700-4 by using a proficient amount of carbon fiber pieces. Also the aerodynamic package has been accentuated by adding a massive fixed rear wing and an all screened out rear-end for better cooling. Also at the back the rear diffuser went on steroids and mimicked the Lamborghini Veneno with its extended width. At the front a reworked deeper splitter with wider side intakes housed a body color matching wing for more front axle grip. On top of the rear pillars the automatically raised air scoops got replaced by fixed carbon units, while the multiple spoke wheel set was new. Inside the Aventador SV Alcantara (faux-suede) is present on the steering wheel and seats for better grip and the upper part of the dashboard for its anti-reflective properties. Also the digital dashboard background has now an illuminated yellow finish making you more alert than on the “standard” Aventador. With this the V12 engine hasn’t been forgotten because it now produces a healthy 750 ps/740 hp at 8400 rpm allowing the new Sant’Agata beast to reach 62 mph/100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and keep on going until the Aventador LP 750-4 SV gets to its terminal velocity of more than 217mph / 350 km/h. With this new found power and weight loss the Aventador SV was able to achieve a remarkable Nurburgring time of 6:59.73 around the famous German track due to not only its sheer power but also its agility which has been dramatically improved over the “standard” Aventador.
LP720-4 50˚ Anniversario
|Designer||Centro Stile Lamborghini|
|Engine Type||Dry Sump All alloy V12 @ 60˚
DOHC. 4V (48V). Longi. mid-rear
|Capacity||6498 cc / 396 cu in|
|Fuel Feed||Lamborghini Iniezione Elettronica (LIE)|
|Power||700 ps / 691 hp @ 8250 rpm||700 ps / 691 hp @ 8250 rpm||720 ps / 710 hp @ 8250 rpm|
|Torque||507 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm
|Transmission||7 speed Sequential ISR - AWD|
|Top Speed||217 mph - 350 km/h||217 mph - 350 km/h||217 mph - 350 km/h|
|"0-60" mph - 0-100 km/h
|3.0 sec||2.9 sec|
|Weelbase||2700 mm / 106.3 in|
|Front Suspension||2 Wishbones, Pushrod Coil Springs
Tube Shocks, Anti-roll Bar
|Rear Suspension||2 Wishbones, Pushrod Coil Springs
Tube Shocks, Anti-roll Bar
Drilled Ventilated, ABS
|Front Tires||255 x 35 ZR19||20"|
|Rear Tires||335 x 30 ZR20||21"|
|Steering||Rack & Pinion
|Weight (dry)||3472 lb / 1575 kg||3583 lb / 1625 kg||3472 lb / 1575 kg|
|Country of Origin||Italy|