Lamborghini's 2014 Aventador is the Bolognese-based carmaker's latest scissor-door, mid-engined supercar. The sleek, sharp-edged machine cuts a sinister profile that says much about its capabilities on the road. The stiff monocoque chassis is made entirely of carbon fiber--a Lamborghini first--and the body is a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum, with a three-position rear wing that deploys at different speeds.
The heart of the Aventador--as is the case with every Lamborghini--is its engine. The car is powered by a mid-mounted 6.5L V12. The engine features variable valve timing and a dry sump lubrication system, which allows it to sit lower in the car for an improved center of gravity. The big V12 produces 691 hp and 507 ft-lb of torque.
All that power is put to the road through a smart all-wheel-drive system and a 7-speed sequential manual transmission that offers near-instantaneous shifts.
The Aventador rides on alloy wheels (19 inches front, 20 inches rear) and Pirelli PZero tires, with large carbon ceramic disc brakes providing stopping power. Suspension is an advanced system fitted inboard via pushrod monotube dampers, much like the setup found on open-wheel race cars.
The cockpit is an exercise in race-car-for-the-street ergonomics. All instrumentation is displayed on an LCD screen, with a separate LCD for the navigation and stereo system. Interior surfaces are leather and available in nearly any color combination, thanks to Lamborghini's Ad Personam customer individualization program.
Driver-controlled electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard, as is a cabin full of intelligent airbags.
The new-for-2014 Aventador 50th Anniversario edition packs a tuned version of the same V12 as the base Aventador, but here it makes 720 hp. It gets unique Iperione black alloy wheels and unique semi-aniline leather seating with contrast stitching.
Incredible Performance And Blistering Acceleration
The Aventador carries over mostly unchanged for 2014. A new Anniversario style costs over $100,000 more than the base coupe and convertible. It comes with a more powerful version of the V12 engine, unique wheels and semi-aniline leather seats with special stitching.
The 2014 Aventador is the latest, greatest supercar offering from Lamborghini. The car is a tour de force of technology and internal combustion. Few other cars exist in the stratosphere of performance and exclusivity in which the Aventador lives. The McLaren MP4-12-C costs less, but it has four fewer cylinders and can't match the Aventador for performance. And while the Bugatti Veyron nearly doubles the power, it also quadruples the price. When examined next to its competition, the Aventador is a bona fide performance bargain.
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