More than a mid-life makeover for Lamborghini's raging bull
More power, greater control, a redesigned interior and sharp styling tweaks are the highlights of a redesigned Lamborghini Aventador model set to go on sale in Australia, the Aventador S.
The big brother in the Italian supercar marque’s two-model range is nearing six years of age and has arguably been eclipsed by its newer, smaller sibling, the Huracan, which has helped drive sales growth of almost 50 per cent for Lamborghini in Australia in 2016.
Nicking the uprated 544kW/690Nm naturally aspirated V12 engine from the expensive and exclusive Aventador Superveloce model also puts Lamborghini firmly back in the fight with arch-rival Ferrari, whose F12 Berlinetta makes 545kW. Bragging rights for 0-100km/h veer to Lamborghini, which claims 2.9 seconds for the trip (versus 3.1sec for the F12). The Ferrari gallops harder to the next mark, though, reaching 200km/h in 8.5sec (versus 8.8sec for the Lamborghini).
At this end of the sandpit power is crucial, but so too is the ability to use it well. Lamborghini has added four-wheel-steering to the Aventador S in a production vehicle first for the Sant’Agata company, and says the car can react in five milliseconds to steering inputs, with the ability to angle the front and rear wheels independently depending on a number of factors.
Lamborghini also tweaked the suspension geometry, and added a smarter new control module to process and act on the information received from sensors all over the car. A new driving mode, named EGO, allows you to customise traction, steering and suspension settings to your own personal preference. A new exhaust system is 20 per cent lighter than the one it replaces, with improved sound and resonance characteristics, and a revised three-pipe outlet.
Helping to get all that power to the road are Pirelli P-Zero hoops that have been specially designed for the Aventador S, plus carbon ceramic brakes are now fitted as standard.
Inside, a new digital dashboard allows for greater customisation to the driver’s preferences. Apple CarPlay is fitted as standard, while a telemetry system for recording lap times and performance data is optional.
The exterior has been extensively redesigned not only to give an updated look - a more aggressive nose and longer front splitter, revised rear diffuser, and three-position rear wing are highlights - but also to radically improve aerodynamic efficiency, generating 50 per cent more overall downforce at high speed.
The Aventador S is priced above the outgoing 515kW Aventador LP700-4 ($A761,500 before on-road costs) but well below the range-topping Superveloce LP750-4 ($A891.500) at $A788,914 plus on-road costs.