The next generation of the V12 Aventador has arrived.
With a new aerodynamic design, redeveloped suspension and more power, this is the new Lamborghini Aventador S that will hit showrooms in Spring 2017 priced from $421,350. A more aggressive front end with elongated front splitter and two air ducts combine to improve aerodynamic efficiency and cooling to the engine. Lamborghini claims it has improved front downforce by more than 130 percent over the standard Aventador coupe.
A blacked-out diffuser with distinct vertical fins help reduce drag and generate up to 50 percent more downforce at the back, and a new, 20 percent lighter, exhaust layout features three pipes integrated into the bumper providing enhanced sound and resonance. The rear wing can be moved into three positions, with drag reduced by as much as 400 pecent. By optimizing the Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and Variable Intake System (VIS), and increasing max revs from 8,350 to 8,500 rpm, the naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 gets an extra 40 hp for a total of 730 hp with 509 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via Lamborghini's ISR seven-speed transmission boasting 50-millisecond robotized gear shifts.
The result is a 2.9-second 0-62 mph time and 218 mph top speed. Dry weight remains at 1,575 kg, translating to an improved power-to-weight ratio of 2.13 hp/kg. While retaining the same carbon-fiber monocoque, Lamborghini has upgraded the suspension and electronic control systems with new four-wheel steering, a first for a series-production Lambo. At low speeds, front wheels face in opposite direction to the steering angle, "shortening" the wheelbase and reducing the turning radius, making the Aventador S easier to maneuver around town. At high speeds, front and rear wheels share the same steering angle, "extending" the wheelbase for increased stability.
The pushrod and Lamborghini Magneto-rheological Suspension (LMS) receive updated settings for sharper response rates, and a new real-time variable damping system and new rear springs enhance the car's body control and balance. The ESC has been modified after extensive tests on snow and ice – the only surface you should drive the Aventador S on – providing maximum grip in all conditions, and the permanent four-wheel drive now allows for more torque to the rear wheels with less torque shifted to the front when powering off the throttle. Four driving modes include a new EGO mode that allows drivers to set up the car how they want, selecting their preferred traction, steering and suspension criteria.
STRADA uses progressive damping and 60/40 torque split for a more comfortable, stable drive; SPORT allows for a sporty rear-wheel drive feel with up to 90 percent of torque going to the rear; while CORSA shuts down some of the traction control nannies, increases damping and providing a 80/20 torque split, maximizing track performance. New Pirelli P Zero tires combine with standard carbon ceramic brakes, with 62 mph to zero happening in just 31 meters. Lamborghini's Ad Personam program is tasked with providing a totally bespoke interior, which sports a new customizable TFT digital dash and optional telemetry system.
"This is the next generation Aventador as well as the expression of new technological and performance milestones in super sports car development," says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali. "The Aventador S is visionary design, cutting-edge technology and driving dynamics in pure harmony, and elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level."