The manufacturer is recalling hundreds of Aventadors in the United States alone.
There aren't a lot of automakers still producing V12 engines. Even fewer that have left them naturally aspirated. For that alone, we have to tip our hats to the folks in Sant'Agata Bolognese. But for all the superlatives we might heap on Lamborghini's atmospheric twelve-cylinder engines, reliability might not rank quite at the top.
Case in point: this latest recall announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, calling in 441 examples of the Aventador S coupe and roadster across the United States from the 2017 through 2019 model years (with even more likely affected in other markets as well).
The problem is with the electronics that control the engine, and which "may allow the engine to stall when coasting to a stop." Not something you want when driving your six-figure supercar. Fortunately a software update is all that's expected to be needed to rectify the problem, and Lamborghini will begin that process in a little over a month from now.
Though extensively updated along the way, Lamborghini's 6.5-liter V12 is based on Giotto Bizzarrini's original design, originally engineered for the 350GT that put the company on the map back in 1964 and powering the bulk of the Lamborghini models in the decades since.
For the Aventador, the engine's been extensively re-engineered to the point that it's now producing 730 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque in the Aventador S – more than double what it originally made in the 350GT – and even more in other applications, like the 759-horsepower Aventador SVJ and the 807-horse Sian FKP 37. Fortunately none of those are affected by this recall, but those 441 units represent a rather large campaign for a company that achieved record sales last year, but still sold fewer than 2,000 vehicles in the US (of which the Aventador accounts for the smallest share, behind the Huracan and Urus).