Don’t worry if your engine looks offset, that’s on purpose.
Throughout history, Lamborghinis have been the cars that paint the world with shades of color that contrast heavily from almost any other car out there. They are brash both in styling and character. But lately some of the drama seems to have been hidden from the glancing eye, and it becomes apparent when looking at the Lamborghini Aventador. All of the sharp creases and in your face wedges are still there, but the Volkswagen technology makes the V12’s job of manufacturing 691 horsepower seem effortless.
In reality, there is a lot that goes into the car to make the clever network of aluminum and carbon fiber that allows for a raunchy cigarette-after-sex Lamborghini experience while evolving past the Murcielago to become more than just a go-fast wedge. Making said wedge go fast is 6.5-liters of displacement divided into twelve separate parts, the result of which makes all four wheels spin. Lifting the hood and looking at such a wonderful creation should be a pastime for all Aventador owners, but some may notice that the engine seems offset to the left of the X brace. This is no result of shoddy Italian engineering; on the contrary, the engineers did that on purpose to counterbalance the weight of the driveshaft.
The top-tier engine design continues inside, where the Lambo's metallic heart has the honor of being the most powerful powerplant ever created by Lamborghini and simultaneously the most fuel efficient thanks to cylinder deactivation and stop-start technology. At 11 mpg in the city and 17 on the highway, the EPA still tags buyers with a gas-guzzler tax, but this hasn’t deterred prospective Aventador clients. Part of the reason why, is that the average Aventador owner has a net worth of $10 million, although the $393,695 starting price of the Lambo does take a chunk out of that stockpile. Even with the cash, the car is hard to get ahold of because the waiting list is 18 months long.
Some have blamed the wait on the lengthy construction time of the carbon fiber monocoque, but Lamborghini insists that it’s the fault of part suppliers. The opulence and high-consumption mentality of the Aventador continues with the engine fluids, where it takes 3.4 gallons of oil and 6.6 gallons of coolant to keep the V12 healthy and happy. This is five times more than what a normal car needs, but the theme of excess is present in all of the car’s specs. Width is one of them. At 44” tall, the Aventador makes a Mini Cooper look tall, at least until the view switches to a head on perspective. Then, the 79.9-inches of girth becomes apparent and turns city driving into a nerve-wracking experience.
At least the driver’s attention will be on the road instead of the infotainment system and controls. This is a good thing because most of that tech should be eerily familiar to any Aventador owner who was driving an Audi or Volkswagen on their way to the top. Further distracting a driver is the wing action that goes on in the rear view mirror. Under 50 mph, it remains glued to the body. Just a hair over and it will tilt to 4 degrees until the pilot brings the car back down under 37 mph. At 81 mph and up, the wing tilts all the way to 11 degrees to create downforce and signal to any cops that illegal activities were taking place. Even though the Lamborghini Aventador makes automotive deviance look easy, the multitude of systems are what keep the show running.