By now you may have seen the Robb Report March issue featuring the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 as winner of 2012 Car of the Year! Facing off against 12 sports and luxury competitor models, the most extreme Lamborghini ever made achieved nearly a two to one edge against formidable opponents.
SPURRED BY A 6.5-LITER V12 POWER ENGINE, THE ALL-WHEEL DRIVE AVENTADOR THRUSTS TO 60 MPH FROM A STANDING START IN JUST UNDER 3 SECONDS.
Behold the new raging bull. Like each of its virile predecessors, the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 is an irreverent beast. Witness its mosaic of exacting creases and menacing pleats coupled with stiletto eroticism. The flagship Aventador is nothing if not a concerto of bleeding-edge forms and taut muscularity that breathlessly bellows “need for speed.”
Drink its audacity. Sip its sinister radiance. Savor its mesmeric delicious- ness. The monopipe growl unleashed from its brutish 700 horses of defiance will animate the fuzz on the back of any neck.
Spurred by a 6.5-liter V12 power engine, the all-wheel drive Aventador thrusts to 60 mph from a standing start in just under 3 seconds. Its backwards-mounted engine—a design carryover from the legendary Lamborghini Countach—propels the Aventador to a top speed of 217 miles per hour. Power is transmitted to the wheels via a single clutch, seven-speed paddle-shifted automated manual transmission; a robotized gearbox dubbed ISR (Independent Shifting Rod). The design dramatically reduces mechanical distances, making for lightning fast shift times. Lamborghini will not offer a manual transmission on the Aventador.
The Aventador also features a pushrod spring and damper suspension system, coupled with an aluminum double wishbone, inspired by Formula One racing. This unique design combines razor-sharp road feel with a livable, mannered ride.
Yet the Aventador’s most striking feature is its body structure. A carbon-fiber monocoque encircles occupants in a molded structural tub, combining lightness with unprecedented stiffness. Assembled from carbon-fiber panels, boxes, and tubes with foam and aluminum re- inforcements, the Aventador weighs in at just 3,472 pounds. That’s nearly 200 pounds lighter, and seven inches longer, than its Lamborghini flagship predecessor, the Murcièlago.
The Lamborghini nameplate has always represented a fascination with the world of bullfighting. And the Aventador is no exception. The fighting Aventador earned fame in 1993 at Spain’s Saragossa Arena. Following a spirited, brutal confrontation with a torero, the animal earned the “Trofeo de la Peña La Madroñera” for courage. The Lamborghini Aventador boldly goes up against a new breed of super sports cars with its rakish brand of panache. And at $380,000, that panache doesn’t come penny-pinched.
CHASSIS & BODY
Carbon fiber monocoque with Aluminium front and rear frames
Carbon fiber engine bonnet, movable spoiler and side air inlets; Aluminium front bonnet, front fenders and doors; SMC rear fender and rocker cover
Front and rear horizontal monotube damper with push-rod system
BRAKES & WHEELS
Dual hydraulic circuit brake system with vacuum brake booster; front and rear CCB, 6-cylinder brake callipers, 4-cylinder brake callipers Ventilated discs (front -rear) Ø 400 x 38 mm – Ø 380 x 38 mm
TIRES (FRONT – REAR)
Pirelli 255/35 ZR19 – 335/30 ZR20
WHEELS (FRONT – REAR)
19”x9J – 20” x 12J Kerb-to-kerb turning circle 12.5 m
V12, 60°, MPI
BORE AND STROKE
Ø 95 mm x 76,4 mm
11.8 ± 0.2
700 HP (515 kW) at 8.250 rpm
690 Nm at 5.500 rpm
TYPE OF TRANSMISSION
4WD with Haldex generation IV
7 speed ISR, shifting characteristic depending on drive select mode
(0–100 km/h [0–62 mph]) 2.9 sec.
Automotive collectors, enthusiasts and media descended onto the Monterey Peninsula for the famed Automotive Week activities, held August 17-21. Lamborghini’s new V12 flagship, the Aventador LP 700-4, dominated the five days of high-end concours, events and private drives.
Lamborghini kicked off the events on Wednesday, August 17 with a display at the 20th annual McCall’s Motorworks Revival. The Aventador LP 700-4 and its stripped-down carbon fiber chassis were on display along with the Gallardo LP 550-2 Bicolore and LP 570-4 Spyder Performante. The vehicles surrounded an U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet, the perfect fit for the sharp, aggressive lines and powerful performance of Lamborghini vehicles.
The following day, Lamborghini hosted guests at a private drive event for individuals who had registered at the Motorworks party. Approximately 50 lucky drivers had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Aventador LP 700-4 or a Gallardo model including the LP 560-4 Spyder, LP 550-2 Bicolore, LP 570-4 Superleggera and LP 570-4 Spyder Performante.
On Friday, August 19, Lamborghini displayed two attention-grabbing Aventador LP 700-4’s and the carbon fiber chassis at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. The brand also showed its new carbon fiber bag line, and sold items from the Collezione Automobili Lamborghini fashion line. By the end of the show, a sea of brightly-colored bull logos and Italian flags were visible on attendees all over the show field.
That same day, Lamborghini was awarded the prestigious Five Diamond Engineering Award at Concorso Italiano, a gathering of Italian vehicles. Lamborghini board member and Director of Research and Development Maurizio Reggiani accepted the award, which was given for the outstanding innovations of the new Aventador LP 700-4.
“We are excited and honored to accept this award from Concorso Italiano,” Mr. Reggiani said. “Lamborghini’s Research and Development team is extremely proud of the Aventador LP 700-4, and the design and engineering aspects that make it so special in this market.”
On Saturday, August 20, Lamborghini hosted a private drive event at Pasadera Country Club in Monterey. Authorized dealers from San Francisco/Los Gatos, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach and Houston hosted customers for test drives in their respective Aventador LP 700-4’s. High-profile automotive media also attended the test drive event, including Tonight Show host Jay Leno.
While not on the road, guests at Pasadera could check out the newest timepieces from Blancpain, Lamborghini’s partner in the Super Trofeo race series, as well as try out new clubs from Callaway Golf, a carbon fiber research and development partner.
To conclude the week’s events, the Aventador LP 700-4 and its rolling chassis were displayed on the prestigious Concept Car Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, August 21.