The Aventador's 444 hp/tonne power-to-weight ratio is enough to convince anybody that this car delivers stratospheric performance. However, the big bull knows how to do so much more than chase the red cape.
Imagine the feeling you get when you drive a six-cylinder sports car hard - let's say at eight tenths - the Aventador manages to offer you about the same feeling during normal driving. All the elements, especially the steering and the suspension, mix and allow this car to be incredibly fun to drive even during a moderate speed urban drive.
It's the same story with the exhaust. The sound produced by the Aventador led us to believe that it doesn't come from a voice, but rather from a choir comprised of at least twelve of them. At full throttle, this can literally be perceived as a threat by people from outside the car. But the really interesting fact is that its complexity allows it to please your ears regardless of the speed, so you can enjoy it during normal driving too.
You really don't need to push the Aventador too hard in order to feel alive behind the wheel. Another argument in favor of this is the fact that you can find tons of low-end grunt and linear power delivery hidden inside the twelve cylinders of the engine.
If you're really sure you want to unleash the Aventador, you'd better be prepared to endure some pain. Literally. When you exploit the full potential of the Independent Shifting Rods automated manual box, the 40 ms shifts hurt, even though as a driver and you've tensed your muscles in preparation for the process.
Introduce the brake pedal to the floor mat underneath for long enough and your face will also hurt. The Aventador, in all its size, needs just 32 meters (106 ft.) to go from 100 km/h (62 mph) to a complete stop.
Once you use the Aventador's full deceleration power, you'll definitely store the experience in your memory. The stopping power is overwhelming, it has to be - up front, we have 400 mm rotors with six-cylinder grabbers, while the rear axle makes use of 380 mm discs with four-cylinder calipers. At the back, we also have a pair of single-piston calipers that serve the electric parking brake.
Seen from the outside, a high-speed braking maneuver an even more memorable experience. That's because, thanks to the carbon fiber construction, the car is considerably lighter that you'd think judging by its appearance. Seeing this massive bull kill speed with such thirst makes the word "impressive" seem like an understatement.
Abuse the Aventador and it will all feel like you're in an extreme amusement park. Let's take the launch control, for example. Technically speaking, this is a no-ESP process that uses a 4,200 rpm take-off to take you past the 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and onto a quarter mile time of 10.9 seconds at 133 mph (214 km/h). What actually happens during the first meters of such a run is overwhelming.
The Aventador gets off the line so quickly that your brain doesn't have the time to fully assess the situation. As the four tires spin a bit in search for traction, you enter that state of 3rd person view slow-motion reportedly felt by some drivers in the moments that precede an accident. By the time you're fully aware of what's going on the shift from first to second arrives and you're left dizzy once again.
Just like in a virtual mountain rousse ride, you can select the level of difficulty. There are three buttons on the dashboard that control the car's driving modes: Strada (road), Sport and Corsa (track).These influence the behavior of the engine, gearbox, differential, steering and ESP.
The Corsa setting only offers a manual mode for the gearbox, while also allowing hefty slip angles before asking the ESP to bring things back on track. This mode also increased the violence level of the gear changes.
The other two driving modes are more civilized, but you'll need a bit of time to get used to the ISR automated manual. Lamborghini went down this pathway in search for emotional gearshifts and this is precisely what you get. While a double-clutch transmission gear change is efficient but has no feel, here you have a sense of occasion each time the gearbox does its job.
Like we said, you'll need some time to become accustomed with the automated manual. That's because in the Strada and Sport modes, while under automatic operation, the shifts can be a bit awkward due to a certain delay that sometimes accompanies them. We most often found ourselves in the Sport Manual setup, where, if you ease off the throttle a bit during the shift, the process is instantaneous and jolt-free.
Lamborghini tells us that the Aventador delivers a 20 percent efficiency boost compared to the Murcielago. To be more precise, there's a 17.2 l/100 km rating for the European combined cycle. As for the Aventador's EPA ratings, this sit at 11 mpg for the city, 17 mpg for the highway and 13 mpg for the combined cycle. During our test drive, the Aventador returned an efficiency of 24 l/100 km (9.8 mpg).
When you're done thinking about the green side of a supercar, you can indulge yourself in some throttle pedal pleasures. Do this in an Aventador and you'll be in for the aforementioned roller coaster ride. You know that you're going to enjoy the experience even before it starts, mainly thanks to the out-of-this-world steering. This offers perfect feedback and weight, just like the steering wheel comes with a perfect grip. We have to mention that we're dealing with a hydraulic mechanism that comes with 3 servotronic setups handled by the aforementioned driving modes.
Accuracy. This is the word that perfectly describes the Aventador's handling. The hydraulic steering and the AWD work together with the pushrod suspension and the massive tires to offer an unforgettable driving experience. The level of grip is phenomenal and you really need a "closed course" to reach this car's handling limits.
Understeer is present in tight corners, where a different setup could've improved the handling. Apart from that, when you drive within the vast limits of the grip, you can play with this machine as if it was your own body, or rather a version of it that goes round corners faster than you dare push it.
The chassis is extremely well balanced and it's easy to correct slight trajectory deviations with a small lift. In the Corsa mode, or when you've turned off the ESP completely, a generous throttle application is enough to get the back out. The sticky tires make the maneuvers rather violent, but the car is not difficult to control after it has lost traction.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
My God, this thing goes like the clappers! I really can't think of any better experience with a car. It just keeps accelerating on and on, from zero until you're too scared to take it further.
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