Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

Taking cues from the Sesto Elemento concept car, the Aventador can propel itself from zero to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds while the passenger punches in a destination on the nav system.


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In brief

With cues from its Sesto Elemento concept car, Lamborghini has taken its usual super-car formula and turned it up a notch or two. Named, again, after a Spanish fighting bull, the Aventador features swing up doors, a choice of 13 colours (three of which are matte), automatic rear spoiler, bi-xenon headlights, and flaps that open and close automatically to either improve aerodynamic efficiency or allow more airflow to vital components.

Behind the front seats, and underneath a set of glass louvres, is a new 6.5-litre V12 engine with 515kW of power — or 700hp in the old money, hence the name — and 690Nm of torque.

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(Credit: Derek Fung/CNET Australia)

Power is sent to all four wheels via what Lamborghini calls an "independent shifting rods" clutch pedal-less seven-speed transmission that's operated by paddles behind the steering wheel; the company claims that the gearbox can change from one gear to the next in 50 milliseconds. The suspension consists of a "pushrod" set-up that's more commonly found on race cars, such as Formula One.

Thanks to a body shell made from strong yet lightweight carbon fibre, the Aventador tips the scales at 1575kg when it's free of fluids. This allows it to accelerate from zero to 100km/h in a mind-bending 2.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 350km/h.

Despite its gut-wrenching performance, the Aventador isn't an amenity-free high-speed carbon fibre tub. There's an MMI entertainment and navigation system that's borrowed from Audi, Lamborghini's parent company, and features Bluetooth, two SD card slots, a CD slot and 7-inch display. While the instruments in front of the driver look like analog gauges, they're actually configurable LCD screens.

Outlook

The Aventador is available down under, and can be yours if you're patient and have AU$789,000 lying around. Don't forget to have enough spare change to pay for on-road costs and insurance as well.

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akoopa11
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akoopa11 posted a review   
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The Good:Everything

The Bad:Ignorant queenslanders. The car in black doesn't look as good as orange

Clearly the queenslander doesn't know what he's talking about because people don't buy these types of cars to drive around uneven roads or take down to the supermarket. Lamborghini didn't design in to be practical in the everyday sense because people don't use Lamborghini's everyday. As one guy put it before, if u can afford this car, u probably have another car thats practical to use.

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mcee posted a review   
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The Good:All

The Bad:all

To the bone head Queenslander get a real supercar. mercs are for ladies only
This is the most beautiful super car car in the world.

 

Mike Butler posted a comment   

The Good:The Colour

The Bad:Everything else!

This type of "super car" is just a joke inflicted on people who don't have the brains to realize they have been conned. I drive a Mercedes SLK 350 and that really is a "super car" because it not only looks good, it performs very well, and can actually be driven on Western Queensland roads at more than 110km/h. Just try that in the "orange coloured wonder" we are discussing! These types of cars remind me of the ludicrous fashions that some nutcases like Galliano parade on the catwalk! No one will ever be seen dead in the outfit, because it was never designed to be worn! It was ONLY designed to be photographed! Likewise, no one with intellect will ever be seen in this ridiculous impractical vehicle.

 

PERSPECTIVE posted a reply   

This is not a supercar you say. Only because it does not do everything. Who said the "non-intelligent" people that want to buy this car only have "one" car.

No, no the guys who buy this have many cars and that is their target market. Not drivers seeking a car for all purposes. So if you had more money.... well you get the picture.

 

g0unt posted a reply   

Slk ur a joke , buy a sl if u got money , 4 or 6 cilinder cars are not supercars except the nissan gt-r slk is just a budget version of the real sl, go buy yourself a slr dinkytoy, its the same joke as the boxster. i heard top gear saying ppl who buy a boxster simply cant afford a 911. its the same with ur slk350

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CallumM posted a review   
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The Good:everything

The Bad:old people who are probaly driving them

never had one a never will unfortantly.its a shame that people over 60 are going to have enough money for them and they will drive them like a beatle which is just unfortanate. they need to make the price cheaper so common people have a better chance of driving them and reaching lamborghinis full potential

 

Ozoneocean posted a comment   

The Good:Everything

The Bad:Ozoneoceans comments

Just have to say you're wrong, to say that this body looks cheaper than a countach just proves your ignorance. It looks like a Lamborghini, yes, but a Ferrari still looks like a Ferrari and a Porsche still looks like a Porsche. To say it is a throwback to the 70's Countach is ignoring the companies corprate look and styling lineage that has progressed throughout the years.

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Ozoneocean posted a review   

The Good:Traditional

The Bad:Embellishments

As usual, Lamborghini produce yet another iteration of their early 1970's masterpiece, with another new name and yet another external styling theme to differentiate it from the others. The boring bubble look is finally gone now only to be replaced by an extremely obvious homage to the US stealth bomber/fighters with their characteristic "radar deflecting" angles. Unfortunately the old logic of taking inspiration from fighter jets doesn't really translate here; unlike the old aerodynamic influences, these radar curves have no justification and so end up looking like a child's homage to his favourite jet, rather than a genuine aesthetic influence that enhances the look of the car.
It's lovely to keep the tradition of the old 1970's Countach alive, but its outfits are getting steadily cheaper looking.

 

check yourself posted a reply   

You mention usa designed stealth bombers. Were they designed by America? No, so they are not an American design.

Design is often influenced by popular trends, interests are most commonly nature. The amount of design that copies insect and animal forms is accountable. Most American cars in the fifties where themed with space shuttle design elements. What is the big deal where the influence comes from? Original or not, if it is a good design for that articular car then they have accomplishe their objective.

 

BONED posted a comment   

Australia always gets BONED with price of these exotics.

 

GummyWormz posted a comment   

That is a HUGE difference in price. I'm guessing around the $700K mark for Australia.




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  • akoopa11

    akoopa11

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    "Clearly the queenslander doesn't know what he's talking about because people don't buy these types of cars to drive around uneven roads or take down to the supermarket. Lamborghini didn't design in..."

  • mcee

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    "To the bone head Queenslander get a real supercar. mercs are for ladies only
    This is the most beautiful super car car in the world."

  • Mike Butler

    Mike Butler

    "This type of "super car" is just a joke inflicted on people who don't have the brains to realize they have been conned. I drive a Mercedes SLK 350 and that really is a "super car" because it not on..."

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