Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4. A new raging Bull

Fast Facts
  • Innovative carbon-fiber monocoque
  • New V12 engine with 515 kW / 700 hp
  • Super-fast shifting ISR (Independent Shifting Rod) transmission
  • Pushrod suspension
The Murciélago was the last pre-Audi Lamborghini and contained the good and bad parts of the legacy within its genes.  With the Aventador LP 700-4, Automobili Lamborghini is redefining the world supercar market – brutal power, outstanding lightweight engineering and phenomenal handling.  Check out the video below and on the Videos page.

Although this is a clean sheet design and actually all-new from the tyres up, Audi know a rich history when they see it and the latest in a long line of extreme Lamborghinis still features scissor doors, mid-mounted V12, four-wheel drive and towering performance.  The scissor doors were a feature that was first introduced in the now legendary Countach and then used for subsequent V12 models such as Diablo and Murciélago.  The Aventador also evokes memories of its immediate predecessor the Murciélago – electronically managed air intakes open depending on the outdoor temperature and the need for cooling air, ensuring maximum aerodynamic efficiency. And for those wishing to flaunt the heart of their Lamborghini, the optional transparent engine bonnet exhibits the V12 engine like a technical work of art in a display case.

Outrageous is always the word that keeps on popping into one’s mind the doors open upwards to reveal a cabin that initially seems a very well resolved, the high-backed driver’s seat nestling just inches above the ground.
The Aventador, is a big step into the future – and building on the glorious history of the brand with the next automotive legend.
With the exception of the new McLaren MP4-12C, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 is utterly unique. It is based on an innovative monocoque made from carbon-fiber that combines exceptional lightweight engineering with the highest levels of stiffness and safety.
The all new 6.5L V12 which puts out 515 kW / 700 hp breaks away from the Bizzarrini-engineered original, which has been around in its basic form since 1963.  The new powerplant brings together the ultimate in high-revving pleasure with astonishing low-end torque. At 11.8:1, the compression ratio is extremely high.
A dry weight of only 1,575 kilograms contributes to the impressive weight-to-power ratio of 2.25 kilograms per hp (4.96 lb/hp). Even the fantastic 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration figure of just 2.9 seconds and the top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph) do not fully describe the Aventador’s extreme performance.
The second, and equally impressive feature, is the ISR (Independent Shift Rod) transmission, which is unique among road-going vehicles.  This is a true piece of lateral thinking by the drivetrain engineers.  Gone is the manual gearbox, in its place is a lightweight single clutch rather than the heavier and complex Dual-Clutch semi-automatic system where Lamborghini have separated the shift rods for consecutive gears.  Let me explain…
1st, 3rd, 5th are located on one shift rod while 2nd, 4th, 6th are on another.  Whereas a regular gearbox would have to disengage 1st gear and pass through neutral before 2nd is engaged.  The ISR gearbox can apply pressure to begin to engage 2nd gear before 1st gear is fully removed, momentarily selecting 2 gears at once in the fastest shift mode.  A recipe for exploding gearboxes if performed by a human but a virtually seamless shift if you allow mircochips and high pressure hydraulics do the dirty work, guaranteeing the fastest shifting time (only 50 milliseconds) and a highly emotional/brutal shift feel.
It’s not a dual clutch system but it does pre-select ratios, so the effect is almost the same – in theory. In practice, however, it’s a long way from swapping ratios as quickly or as smoothly as a Ferrari 458 or McLaren MP4-12C. As ever, Lamborghini has engineered the shifts to feel as dramatic as possible. In Corsa mode you get a mighty thump in the back on upshifts and a huge burst of revs on downshifts.
The expressively-designed interior offers hi-tech features ranging from the TFT cockpit display with Drive Select Mode system. The Aventador will be built in an all-new production facility in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
It still feels unequivocally like a Lamborghini inside, especially when you discover the start button beneath its bright red fighter jet cover within the centre console, press it and you’ll hear a charismatic whir from the starter motor, followed by a quite outrageous flare of revs when the engine fires but the soundtrack is crisp, loud and addictive.
The Aventador’s interior combines the fine exclusivity of premium materials and perfect Italian craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology and generous equipment. The interior is dominated by a next-generation dashboard – as in a modern airplane, the instruments are presented on a TFT-LCD screen using innovative display concepts. A second screen is dedicated to the standard-fit multimedia and navigation system.
Lamborghini has equipped its new V12 super sports car with an innovative and highly sophisticated suspension concept. The pushrod spring and damper concept was inspired by Formula 1 and tuned perfectly to meet the needs of a high-performance road-going vehicle. Together with aluminum double wishbone suspension and a carbon-fiber ceramic brake system, this lightweight chassis represents a further aspect of the new flagship’s unique technology concept while the lightweight chassis with pushrod suspension delivers absolute handling precision and competition-level performance.
Every Lamborghini is an avantgarde work of art, a fast-moving technical sculpture. Every line, every detail of a super sports car from Sant’Agata is derived from its function – namely speed, dynamics, performance.
Like the expensive limited edition Reventon a work of automotive art – and the Sesto Elemento ‘technology demonstrator’ which came before it, the Lamborghini designers pulled their inspiration from another sphere dominated by speed and dynamics – from modern aeronautics, from the world’s fastest and most agile aircraft. This gave rise to a design of spectacular sharpness. The Aventador is the first Lamborghini series production car embodying this vision.
On the Aventador, all aerodynamic elements are integrated into the body shell form, from the front spoiler to the rear diffuser. A key role is played by the flat, optimized underbody. The rear spoiler is deployable and controlled electronically. At rest, it lies flush with the rear of the vehicle; in operation, it has two positions – the approach angle of 4 degrees is optimized for high speed and assists directional stability at the very top end of the spectrum. The tilt of 11 degrees, on the other hand, delivers considerably greater downforce at mid-range speeds, helping to optimize handling and stability. The car uses dynamic parameters to calculate for itself the most appropriate tilt angle.
The line between supercar and hyper-car has been blurred with the arrival of the Aventador, and while it sounds ridiculous, with nearly 700bhp for £211,000 it’s actually good value for money in terms of the Reventon, Porsche Carrera GT, Ferrari Enzo and Mercedes McLaren SLR which came before it.
It’s difficult to think of it in terms of rivals, other than the car it replaced in SV form, in which case it’s at least a generation ahead in just about every respect. And just like its wild predecessor, it’s a slightly flawed gem, but all the more loveable for it.
The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 in late summer 2011. Lamborghini CEO and President Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that 18 months’ worth of production is already sold (about 1100 cars).
He goes on to say. “The Aventador is a jump of two generations in terms of design and technology, it’s the result of an entirely new project, but at the same time it’s a direct and consistent continuation of Lamborghini’s brand values.
Lamborghini is heading into the future with a systematic lightweight design concept – the intensive application of carbon-fiber materials forms the key foundation for the extreme dynamics of the new Aventador LP 700-4. The new flagship is based on a full monocoque construction made with these innovative materials – conceived and produced entirely by Automobili Lamborghini in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
The price of the Lamborghini Aventador and market delivery
UK: GBP 201.900,00 (suggested retail price taxes excluded)
Europe: € 255.000 (suggested retail price taxes excluded)
USA: 379.700 USD (suggested retail price – GGT included)
The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 in late September 2011.
 
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
Technical Data
 CHASSIS AND BODY
 
Frame
Carbon fiber monocoque with Aluminium front and rear frames
Body
Carbon fiber engine bonnet, movable spoiler and side air inlets; Aluminium front bonnet, front fenders and doors; SMC rear fender and rocker cover
Suspension
Front and rear horizontal mono-tube damper with push-rod system
ESP
ESP/ ABS with different ESP charecteristics managed by drive select mode
Brakes
Dual hydraulic circuit brake system with vacuum brake booster; front and rear CCB, 6-cylinder brake callipers, 4-cylinder brake callipers
Ventilated discs (front – rear)
Ø 400 x 38 mm – Ø 380 x 38 mm
Steering
Steering Gear with 3 different servortonic charcteristics managed by drive select mode
Tires (front – rear)
Pirelli 255/35 ZR19 – 335/30 ZR20
Wheels (front – rear)
19”x9J – 20” x 12J
Kerb-to-kerb turning circle
12.5 m
Mirrors
External mirror electrically foldable
Rear spoiler
Moveable -3 positions depending on speed and drive select mode
Airbags
Front dual stage driver airbag and front adaptive passenger airbag; seats with side “head-thorax” airbags; passenger and driver knee airbags
 
 
ENGINE
 
Type
V12, 60°, MPI
Displacement
6498 cc
Bore and stroke
Ø 95 mm x 76,4 mm
Valve gear
Variable valve timing electronically controlled
Compression ratio
11.8 ± 0.2
Maximum power
700 PS HP (515 kW) at 8.250 rpm
Maximum torque
690 Nm at 5.500 rpm
Emission class
EURO 5 – LEV 2
Emission control system
Catalytic converters with lambda sensors
Cooling system
Water and oil cooling system in the rear with variable air inlets
Engine management system
Lamborghini Iniezione Elettronica (LIE) with Ion current analysis
Lubrication system
Dry sump
 
 
DRIVETRAIN
 
Type of transmission
4WD with Haldex generation IV
Gearbox
7 speed ISR, shifting characteristic depending on drive select mode
Standard
AMT
Clutch
Dry double plate clutch, Ø 235 mm
 
 
PERFORMANCE
 
Top speed
350 km/h
Acceleration (0–100 km/h [0–62 mph])
2,9 sec.
 
 
DIMENSIONS
 
Wheelbase
2700 mm
Overall length
4780 mm
Overall width (excluding mirrors)
2030 mm
Overall height
1136 mm
Track (front – rear)
1720 mm – 1700 mm
Dry weight
1575 Kg
Weight distribution (front – rear)
43% – 57%
 
 
TANK CAPACITIES
 
Fuel tank
90 litres
Engine oil
13 litres
Engine coolant
25 litres
 
 
CONSUMPTION*
 
Urban cycle
27,3 l/100km
Extra urban cycle
11,3 l/100km
Combined
17,2 l/100 km
CO2 emission
398 g/km
 
 
 
 
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