Lamborghini Aventador Review
In the fantasy world of aspirational cars, you can’t daydream much higher than the Aventdaor LP700-4. This chimera, which evolved from the Murciélago, is a magical amalgam of brute force and precision engineering, made mortal in a supermodel’s body and draped in Arancio Argos – which is Lamborghini speak for in-your-face orange.
Inspired by a Star Wars Executor, this carbon-fibre monocoque spaceship has a redesigned driveline, while licentious use of carbon fibre throughout makes her lighter and more nimble than her predecessor.
Named in honour of a bull that was goaded into a ferocious and ignominious battle in October 1993 at the Saragossa Arena, she certainly bears all of that ill-fated beast’s aggression and pent-up fury in her demeanour.
Sitting extremely low on her haunches, atop 19-inch front and 20-inch rear Dione alloy wheels, every aerodynamic line of her body is cruelly cut and curved.
Despite her super-sleek appearance and a height of just over a metre, she’s a big girl, with a length of nearly five metres and a width of just over two metres.
The surprisingly spacious cabin, as you might expect for the best part of £300,000, features swathes of soft leather and fine Italian craftsmanship, blended with state-of-the-art technology. The dashboard, a mind-boggling array of knobs and switches, is dominated by an LCD screen and multi-function steering wheel that resembles an X-Box console.
My test model also came with an array of extras, such as front and rear sensors, electric heated seats and an upgraded sound system.
The luggage space, under the bonnet, is surprisingly accommodating for anyone brave enough to park a supercar in a Sainsbury’s car park – they might also be thankful for the hydraulic nose lifter, which raises the front suspension to avoid damaging the low front splitter.
If she looks every inch the part, the Aventador also packs a punch; powered by a 6.5-litre V12 engine that generates 690bhp, she takes just 2.9 seconds to reach 60mph. Flipping up the bomb-release style starter cover and hitting the button unleashes all the sound and fury of the naturally-aspirated V12. Constructed of aluminium-silicon alloy, this gargantuan powerhouse is on display through the transparent lid, meaning you can gawp unashamedly at its open-deck construction and steel cylinder liners.
Moving off on to the A1 and slipping into the stream of midday traffic, the revs climb dizzyingly quickly and the soundtrack changes from a bark and a roar to an accompaniment of whirring and rude screaming that brings out childish excitement and abject terror in equal measure.
Feathering the accelerator creates an instant kick that flings my brain to the back of my head. If I were a lawbreaker, she would be happy to take me all the way to a top speed of 217mph.
The instant-response, paddle-operated manual transmission system is an ISR 7-speed automatic that operates in three modes: Strada, Sport, and, whatever-you-do-don’t-touch Corsa, which switches off the life-saving driver aids and is reserved for the track and lunatics.
The steering feels always on the mark and the suspension, akin to that used to ferry Formula 1 racers through Monaco, combined with the all-wheel drive system, creates assured handling, with barely a hint of rock and roll even in the tightest turns.
I spent most of our time together on our dream date in Sport mode – which sharpens the handling and offers on-demand yet progressive acceleration – and all the while thankful for the huge carbon ceramic brakes with instant, fade-free stopping in heavy traffic on the M8.
Solid, sexy and surreally fast, it would take much more than a toreador to quell this Aventador.
At A Glance
Model: Aventador LP700-4
Engine: 6.5L V12 DOHC
Acceleration: 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds
Maximum Speed: 217mph
Fuel economy: 13.5mpg, combined
CO2 emissions: 398g/km
Price: Test model, £266,325
Test car courtesy of Lamborghini Edinburgh. For more information telephone 0131 629 9159.