It looks like Lamborghini have done it again. I used to think that the Murciélago was one of the most beautiful cars ever designed – ignoring any sense of practicality! Now, they have unveiled the Aventador LP700-4. As the name suggests, this will be a 700 bhp, 6.5 litre V12 beast using a 7-speed ISR gearbox and four-wheel drive. 0-62mph will be achieved in just 2.9 seconds and the top speed will be 217mph (or 350kph).
The gearbox is all-new. The “Lamborghini ISR” – the ISR stands for Independent Shifting Rod – seven-speed single clutch automated manual gearbox that combines quick shift time (50 milliseconds) with manual shifting, which will be very desirable for the purist drivers out there.
With prices around €260,000 this is one serious piece of kit. The Aventador’s monocoque will also be made solely of carbon fiber, making it stiffer than a Ferrari F50 or a Koenigsegg CCR. The name ‘Aventador‘ comes from a famous fighting bull from Zaragoza, Spain which was known for its spirit. Fortunately the automotive version comes with a variety of electronic and computer aids to keep you on the road.
Given the statistics, the Aventador’s closest competition will be the Ferrari 599 and perhaps the new Pagani Huayra. Neither of these will come close to the handling of the Lamborghini, assuming they get its setup right – which they usually do.
The car is undoubtedly going to be a success. I mean, just look at it!