2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, an AutoWeek Flash Drive Car Review

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2012 Lamborghini Aventador Photo by: BOB GRITZINGER 2012 Lamborghini Aventador. Photo by BOB GRITZINGER.

2012 Lamborghini Aventador Photo by: BOB GRITZINGER 2012 Lamborghini Aventador. Photo by BOB GRITZINGER.

2012 Lamborghini Aventador Photo by: BOB GRITZINGER 2012 Lamborghini Aventador. Photo by BOB GRITZINGER.

2012 Lamborghini Aventador Photo by: BOB GRITZINGER 2012 Lamborghini Aventador. Photo by BOB GRITZINGER.

By: Basem Wasef on 7/08/2011

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Editor's Note: This is one of the primary tests of the much-anticipated Lamborghini Aventador on community roads. For our examination at pace on the track, create sure out our previous Aventador appraisal here

What is it?

Lamborghini's flagship stay an extensive overhaul so as to luckily a 691-hp V12, a inappropriately seven-speed, single-clutch sequential gearbox and a carbon-fiber monocoque so as to efficiently merely 325 pounds. Virtually each feature of the outgoing MurciƩlago has person's name reimagined--from the new inboard, pushrod-actuated suspension scheme to the network of computer ECUs, construct is managed by a middle component able of drama up to semi a counting computations per second.

Lighter, quicker, earlier and better-handling supposed the wedge-shaped supercar it replaces, the Lamborghini Aventador retains the customary bits so as to create it the alpha dog Lambo: a 12-cylinder lump anxiety amidships, upward-swinging scissor doors and styling so as to appears to contain additional in ordinary by means of fighter jets supposed four-wheeled transportation.

What is it similar to to drive?

Driving the Aventador at the Vallelunga circuit now exterior of Rome revealed surprisingly tractable handling dynamics, despite the V12's awesome possible for acceleration. So it came as no surprise so as to a new street drive close to Lamborghini headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese reinforced the approachable be acquainted with of the Aventador's personality.

The mill, construct is tucked beneath goblet now at the back the passenger compartment--surges to 3,500 rpm and sighs a mighty roar at what time it's fired up. But clack the aluminum paddle shifter eager on primary gear, and petroleum beast characteristic a number of provoking preceding to its rougher edges emerge.

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The non-payment drive mode location of strada (Italian for "road") rapidly greater supposed before steering assist, additional conservative shifting, milder throttle reply and stricter constancy control, although still in so as to short-shifting mode, there's abundance of urgency at what time you lay eager on the throttle and let the engine to arrive at the freer-breathing center portions of the rev band.

The middle game mode splits the dissimilarity recognized by strada and corsa, but you don't contain to be Valentino Balboni to favor the last setting, if not you're pushing the engine in the direction of its screaming 8,250-rpm redline. At persons speeds in corsa mode, the new Aventador large additional similar to the animal its menacing silhouette suggests. Shifts can get downright violent at senior rpms, and the meatier registers of the powerband are additional by means of no trouble accessed--all of construct construct petroleum by now arresting vehicle still additional conspicuous as it lurches downward the Autostrada. And as,at the same time as bend workers at Vallelunga seemed unmoved by the parade of Aventadors lapping the circuit, the workaday civilians infectious a glimpse of the blurry pallid examination car now stunned by the low-slung exotic. This is a vehicle so as to inspires gaping jaws, googly eyes and an inexplicable wish to tip and stare.

Following the thin roads so as to wind from side to side the hills on top of Sant'Agata, the Lamborghini Aventador doesn't smash a sweat throughout decreasing-radius turns and medium-speed sweepers. While it exhibited a tendency for mild understeer on the track, saner speeds revealed no genuine propensities. The abilities of Lamborghini's flagship lie far additional than come again? can be exploited on community roads. It determination get additional supposed a forceful drive from side to side the hills to incite petroleum bull.

Do I desire one?

Do you contain a pulse?

While the Aventador strength be incrementally fewer driver-focused supposed its rivals at Ferrari and McLaren, come again? it lacks in steering transparency it additional supposed construct up for in sheer charisma. This is a car to be lusted after, and a worthy flagship for the Lamborghini lineup.

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

On Sale: Customer deliveries begin late summer

Base Price: $387,000 (plus $3,700 gas-guzzler tax and $2,995 delivery)

Powertrain: 6.5-liter, 691-hp, 509-lb-ft normally aspirated V12; AWD, seven-speed single-clutch sequential-automatic broadcast by means of paddle shifters

Dry Weight: 3,472 lb

0-62 MPH: 2.9 sec

Fuel Economy: 11 mpg city, 17 mpg highway



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