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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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.
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.