The legendary supercar is now ten years old.
We typically look to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class for groundbreaking technology, but the Lamborghini Aventador has introduced some revolutionary new features too. Believe it or not, the Aventador is now ten-years-old, and to celebrate, the brand from Sant'Agata Bolognese released a list of the car's ten best innovations. All ten debuted on the Aventador's four variants, including the original LP 700-4, Superveloce, S, and SVJ.
Carbon fiber is the first innovation. The Aventador was the first Lamborghini to feature a carbon-fiber monocoque, keeping the weight down to only 229.5 kilograms (506 pounds) with the front and rear subframes attached. Lamborghini eventually became an industry leader in carbon-fiber production, making most of the pieces in-house.
The second innovation was all-wheel-drive. With nearly 700 horsepower to put down in the original Aventador, Lamborghini decided AWD was crucial to deliver maximum performance. All that grip would be useless without the third innovation, suspension. The Aventador's pushrod suspension system is inspired by Formula 1, transmitting the force from the road horizontally towards the upper frame.
Though it's become outdated since the car's introduction, the Aventador's Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) robotized gearbox was the fourth innovation. This transmission delivered incredibly quick yet savage shifts. With two lightweight carbon fiber shifting rods, the Aventador could change gears in just 50 milliseconds.
The Aventador's selectable drive modes come in at number five. Lamborghini offered three manual modes (Strada, Sport, and Corsa) and two automatic modes (Strada-auto and Sport-auto). These modes evolved over time, eventually spawning a customizable Ego mode on the Aventador S.
The other five innovations include Dinamica Veicolo Attiva traction control, Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva 2.0 aerodynamics on the Aventador SVJ, all-wheel-steering on the Aventador S, and fuel-saving features in the form of stop-start and cylinder deactivation.
More than a decade after its introduction, the Aventador's successor is assuredly in the works. It will likely feature a hybrid drivetrain and continue the legacy set forth by its V12 predecessors.