It was this simple. I was pointed to a Rosso Lamborghini Aventador LP 700 and asked,
“Would you like a drive?”
The coastal Florida roads outside the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance were thick with traffic, and worse, Highway Patrol and local deputies. They were hungry, looking for fools dumb enough to nail a 700-horsepower Lamborghini on their home turf after a day of snacking on new Porsches, AMG Mercedes-Benzes, Jaguar F-Types and a McLaren or two. Bring it on!
As has been tradition, this Lamborghini is named after a bull, a courageous beast that entered the Saragossa Arena in Spain in October 1993 and earned the “Trofeo de la Peña La Madroñera” for its courage. The occupant cell, including tub and roof, is a woven composite component that weighs just 325.18 pounds. Science aside, the LP700-4 (longitudinal position engine/700-horsepower/four-wheel-drive) is one badass-looking car, sleek and brutal. It’s 15.6-feet-long, a very low 3.6 feet high, and, at 7.4-feet, very wide!
The raked windshield is almost as laid back as the hood, with thin arcing pillars that flow into the slightly double-bubbled roof. The front fenders flow closely around the black 10-spoke alloy wheels wearing very low profile P255/35 ZR19-inch front Pirelli PZero rubber. Then the fender top line dips before rising and flaring wide over a side channel that incorporates a huge black-edged side engine intake over a flared lower sill. The rear fender’s top line flows into a wide set of muscular rear haunches that flow out to very neatly to frame a foot wider rear track and Pirelli P335/30 ZR20-inch rubber.
The Aventador’s rear end is just as dramatic. A trio of Y-shaped slim taillights is at the trailing edges of the flying buttresses. There are huge black mesh cooling vents on an angular rear bumper and a huge central exhaust pipe framed in an aerodynamic lower diffuser. The overall look from the rear is wide and brutal, hunkered down on very aggressive rubber. Like all V-12 Lamborghinis since the epic Countach of the 1980s, the long side doors on the Aventador pivot skyward from a front fender-hinged mechanism. You stick your right foot in and duck as you (fairly easily) lever yourself over the wide sills into a form-fitting leather bucket seat with double red stitching. Almost every surface is done in low-gloss leather with double red stitching along every edge that isn’t surfaced in aluminum.
to a top speed of 217 mph.
Strada gives you the most comfortable ride, firm but not objectionable. The LSR stays in a higher gear more often and lets the engine do the work. On a smooth road at 60 mph, the car is so quiet all you hear is a bit of tire hiss and the engine breathing behind you. Corsa really sharpens up steering feel and firms up the ride, even deploying dual wings at the trailing edge of the rear fenders. Put your tight foot down and the engine responds much faster, singing high to a redline past 8,000 rpm. The horizon just comes at you as the engine generates an amazing snarl, with a feral throttle blip on downshifts. It also sets up the Haldex AWD for a bit more front bias to help pull this supercar through the turns.
The Lamborghini Aventador is a $397,500 Supercar with everything we had in our drive as standard plus the $7,550 transparent three-panel roof, $4,900 parking sensors/backup camera and red brake calipers for $1,390. Total price sans destination: $411,340. While most of the Aventador’s competitors exude presence in appearance, price and power, and sound amazing when pushed, nothing matches the look and sound of a Lamborghini, especially one powered by a mid-mounted V-12 line that began with the Miura.
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