Geneva 2011: Lamborghini Aventador


The long-awaited Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 is finally here. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the Italian automaker has finally revealed full details of their all-new supercar. First off, 'Aventador' is the name of yet another famed Spanish bull that so inspired Ferruccio Lamborghini himself to name his line of exotics after the mighty animal. It's also easier to pronounce than its predecessor, the Murcielago.

Revealed in an eye-catching Argos Orange, Lamborghini is fighting back at its fellow hypercar rivals - Ferrari, Bugatti, and Pagani - with this carbon fiber bodied V12 beast. Although it may resemble the Murcielago/Reventon, Lamborghini claims that everything about the car is 100 percent new. The only thing carried over from the Murcielago are a few nuts and bolts. Beginning with its one-piece passenger cell, lightness is the ultimate overall goal. It is made entirely from a new reinforced carbon fiber formula developed with help from Boeing Aerospace.

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It weighs a total of just 324 lbs. The three-section chassis, including the front and rear crash structures, only weighs 505 lbs. The all-new 6.5-liter V12 engine has 691 hp and weighs a full 40 lbs less than the Murcielago's engine. It sits 2.8 inches lower and is nine percent more powerful. It also has nearly a 20 percent better fuel efficiency, now at 13.7 mpg (remember, this is a Lamborghini). The new seven-speed ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) single-clutch transmission also weighs about half as much as parent company Audi's R-tronic dual-clutch unit. No manual transmission will be offered.

The suspension has Formula-car DNA with its hi-tech inboard pushrod spring and damper setup. Weight distribution is 43 percent up front and 57 percent rear. The new all-wheel drive system is what Lamborghini is really proud of, as the Haldex IV setup provides increased rear-end bias. There's also custom Aventador-only Pirelli wheels - 19-inch up front and 20 inches at the rear - along with standard ceramic disc brakes. Top is a reported 217 mph and a 0 to 60 time of 2.8 seconds when using Launch Control. While not completely, official, pricing should start at around $370,000.