Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

 We've brought you yet another tasty, mouth watering morsel from across the pond.  This time it's from Lamborghini's HQ at Sant'Agata Bolognese. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor show, the official name of the company's fifth generation V12 is the Aventador LP700-4.  If you know anything about the history of how these iconic and powerful sports cars acquire their names, then you would know that Aventador was yet another legendary bull from Saragozza, Spain. He became famous but inevitably met its end in a "spirited bout" with a torero in 1993.  

This model has the honor of bearing the name Aventador and is quite deserving.  This mechanical beast was molded from the finest and most expensive materials found on earth today.  Carbon fiber wasn't spared here folks, as it was delivered in copious amounts from body panels to the single passenger cell that weighs in at only 324lbs.  The naked chassis which includes aluminum front and rear crash structures is only 505lbs. In total, the Aventador is 199lbs lighter than the Murciélago LP640 at only 3,472lbs (dry weight).  This didn't stop the engineers from shoehorning the 691 hp, 509 lb-ft of torque 60 degree V12 between the passenger compartment and rear axle. Of course it is lighter and more powerful than the Murciélago's motor, and lighter means faster! Zero to sixty time is 2.8s, and the top speed is north of the claimed 217MPH mark.  Don't worry about stopping though, because the huge carbon ceramic brakes (15.74 inches up front) are standard. These massive brakes would make you stop on a dime and give you nine cents change! They are hidden behind the 19 and the 20 inch Aventador specific wheels wrapped with 255/35 and 335/30 Pirelli P Zeros front to rear respectively.  You wouldn't find impressive numbers like these in another machine unless you're mentioning the $1.3M Bugatti Veyron or the Pagani C9 Huayra.  At around $370,000, the starting price for the Flagship Lambo is a bargain compared to the aforementioned.  Scissor doors are standard as they are the staple for V12 Lamborghinis; besides, who wouldn't want their doors to open skywards anyway? This vehicle, ladies and gents separates the men from the boys and notably the "regular" folks that buy the smaller, cheaper, less powerful Gallardo. Here are some pics for your viewing pleasure.