Lamborghini, manufacturer of some of the world’s greatest vehicles, has once again redefined the super sports car market with the introduction of the all-new Aventador LP 700-4. As the successor to the Murciélago and as the sixth generation of the brand’s storied V12 flagship line, the Aventador builds on the brand’s unrivaled history while taking a revolutionary leap into the future.
The highly-anticipated super sports car made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on Feb. 28 at the Volkswagen Group Night. Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann unveiled the new vehicle, giving a nod to Lamborghini’s previous ground-breaking V12 models.
“Starting from the 350GT, Miura, Countach, Diablo and until last year the Murciélago, every one of these cars were the benchmarks of their eras,” Winkelmann said. “But this one sets an even higher standard.”
The Aventador has achieved sales representing more than one year’s worth of production before its first dealer and customer deliveries later this summer. It will be available through authorized dealers with a MSRP of $379,700.
When development of this vehicle began, Winkelmann gave the research and development department a simple two-word briefing: “No Competitors.” Building on the brand’s essential two pillars of performance and design, the team developed a super sports car like no other.
The Aventador’s new 6.5-liter, 700-HP V12 engine brings together the ultimate in high-revving pleasure with astonishing low-end torque. The impressively low dry weight of only 3,472 pounds contributes to a power-to-weight ratio of only 4.96 lb/hp. The 0-62 mph acceleration is just 2.9 seconds, with a top speed of 217 mph. Despite these staggering performance achievements, the Aventador’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 20 percent lower compared to its predecessor.
No Lamborghini story is complete without a name. True to the brand’s tradition, the new flagship bears the name of a bull. A courageous specimen from the world of the Spanish Corrida, Aventador was the name of a black bull bred by the Don Celestino Cuardi Vides family, which earned the award “Trofeo de la Peña La Madroñera” for its outstanding courage. Lamborghini selected the Aventador to symbolize the brand’s courageous leap forward into the next generation of super sports cars.
An innovative concept, completely new technology package and phenomenal engineering and performance achievements are the foundations to the new vehicle. With a stunning design inspired by precise aerodynamics, the Aventador is unmistakably Lamborghini. It is a work of art, from the sharply-honed front end through the extremely flat roofline, to the distinctive rear diffuser. Every line has a clear function and every form is dictated by speed.
The Aventador’s innovative carbon-fiber monocoque shell is completely unique and the very best in light-weight engineering, produced entirely in-house using technology developed by the brand and its partners. The resulting structure is both light and stiff – the complete body weighs just 505.9 pounds.
Mounted directly to the next-generation monocoque is a four-wheel pushrod suspension – a truly uncompromising system derived from Formula 1 technology and adapted to meet the needs of a high-performance road-going vehicle. The spring/damper elements are not located on the wheel mounts, but connected inboard to the body shell structure, positioned under the windscreen in the front and close to the engine in the rear.
Pushrods and relay levers/rockers transmit the forces from the wheel mounts to the spring/damper elements. This solution offers impressive benefits -- due to the combination of the double wishbone and pushrod arrangement, wheel control and damper remain separate from each other. As a result, handling is more responsive and easier to manage at all speeds, while rigid connection to the chassis also improves the precise and spontaneous reaction of the springs and dampers.
Also unique to the Aventador is an innovative ISR transmission. The development objective was to build not only the fastest automated manual transmission, but also to create the world’s most emotional gear shift. Compared with a dual-clutch transmission, the ISR gearbox much lighter and has the dimensions of a conventional manual unit -- both key elements in the field of lightweight engineering for super sports cars.
For more information on this new vehicle, visit www.Aventador.com.