It's hard to improve on such an awesome car, but we'll try.
When the Lamborghini Aventador debuted back in 2011, there weren't many cars that could keep up with it. Seven years later, the Aventador is starting to feel its age next to more advanced cars like the Ferrari 488 Pista and McLaren 720S. A new V12 flagship from Lamborghini is on its way, but before it arrives we'd like to propose some improvements we'd like to see on the next generation car. The Aventador has served its purpose during its lifespan, but here are five ways Lamborghini can make its replacement even better.
Lamborghini hasn't made it a secret that its next generation cars will be plug-in hybrids. As we've seen with cars such as the Porsche 918, a hybrid drivetrain does a lot to enhance the supercar experience. We are perfectly fine with Lamborghini switching to a hybrid drivetrain, so long as the company still builds a normally aspirated V12 to go along with it. Turbocharged engines can't match the sound of a naturally aspirated V12, so we hope Lamborghini doesn't downsize and add turbochargers.
Another area where Lamborghini is a bit predictable, is the inclusion of AWD. Only a handful of new Lamborghini models are sold with RWD, mainly because AWD is better for handling, traction, and acceleration. We think Lamborghini should take a page out of BMW's playbook by giving the next generation Aventador a RWD mode that can be selected with the press of a button. Lamborghini has said that a RWD Aventador would be tough to handle, but perhaps it could be managed with advanced traction control.
One of the things that makes the Aventador so unique, its single-clutch transmission, is also one of its biggest weaknesses. Dual-clutch units are much faster, but Lamborghini decided to use a single-clutch unit for a number of reasons, including lightness. Considering a US-spec car weighs around 4,000 pounds, how much damage could another clutch really do? The Aventador's replacement should replace the old single-clutch with a dual-clutch unit, hopefully one that can still deliver the signature head-kicking shifts.
Speaking of weight, the Aventador's replacement should probably go on a diet. A McLaren 720S is nearly 1,000 pounds lighter with similar power. Weight spoils the way a car handles, so Lamborghini needs to make a concerted effort to make its next flagship a lot lighter. This may be difficult to do with a hybrid drivetrain, but extensive use of carbon fiber could help keep the weight down.
Our final improvement is a bit less tangible - reliability. Modern supercars have come a long way from their classic counterparts, which would catch fire at the first thought of a traffic jam. While most supercars can be used as daily drivers, the Aventador still has a bit of a reputation as a maintenance queen and a ticking time bomb. The single-clutch transmission isn't conducive to driving around town, and the car tends to overheat. Modern supercars need to be able to be all things to all people, and a flagship Lamborghini needs to evolve to match the times.