UPDATE: 740 HP Lamborghini Aventador S Has 4-Wheel-Steer, New Electronic Brain

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As cheesy as it sounds, it's difficult not to imagine a secret UFO pad inside the Lamborghini factory in Sant'Agata Bolognese, used for debuts such as the one we're enjoying today - ladies and gentlemen drivers, say "hello" to the Aventador S.
After plenty of teasing, the mid-cycle revamp for the V12 Raging Bull is here, seeing the Aventador upping the ante on all fronts.

Since the rumor mill had gone savage following Lamborghini V12 history teaser video, we'll start by letting you know the 6.5-liter heart of the supercar hasn't turned to hybrid assistance, or, Octane God forbid, forced induction.

With the help of variable intake and valve timing, as well as thanks to a new exhaust, the V12 jumps from 700 to 740 PS (730 hp), while maximum torque remains unchanged at 690 Nm (507 lb-ft). Nevertheless, the Italian automaker talks about "an enriched torque curve".

We can't listen to the fresh voice of the Aventador S, but the new exhaust, which is also 20 percent lighter and comes with the triangle tip arrangement we've seen in the spyshots, should make the speed animal's scream even louder.

The go-fast numbers talk about a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time of 2.9 seconds, while the maximum velocity sits at 217 mph (349 km/h).

Since the Centenario is out of reach even for many Lamborghini buyers, those in the market for a Raging Bull will be double-trilled to find out the Aventador S is the first production Lambo to pack a four-wheel-steer system.

The dynamic steering at the front is joined by a pair of actuators that can make rear steering adjustments every 5ms - by now, most of you know the virtual wheelbase tale: at low speeds, the rear wheels steer in the opposite direction of those at the front, making the wheelbase feel shorter, while all four wheels follow the same direction at higher speeds, simulating a longer wheelbase, a move that brings a boost in stability.

In the suspension department, the greatest change is the introduction of active dampers, a move that brings the Aventador S in line with the now-sold-out SV. In our book, the upcoming Aventador S Roadster will make the most out of this, as the ride of the open-top model will no longer have to be significantly stiffer than that of the fixed-roof model.

The rear springs are new, while all-round axle kinematics have been updated to accommodate the all-steer feature.

Lamborghini has sent the electronic nannies of the Aventador back to school for the S model. The Italian carmaker now seems to fully follow Porsche's alphabet soup marketing scheme for its active systems and we're glad to introduce the LDVA (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva), an electronic brain that integrates all the sub-systems of the vehicle.

The ESC (Electronic Stability Control) now promising to offer more grip in all sorts of driving conditions, while the press release also talks about tail-out shenanigans.

Speaking of grip, the Aventador S follows the supercar trend of having bespoke rubber, with the Pirelli P Zero tires having been adapted for this particular model.

Aventador SV-like wheel design and extra engine compartment air intakes (these sit above the rear wheels) aside, the new front and rear aprons set the S apart, while the newfound styling of the rear wheel arches is a nod to the Countach.

You can't talk supercars without mentioning downforce these days and this exotic has something special to brag about: front downforce jumps by 130 percent, while the overall aerodynamic efficiency at high downforce was boosted by 50 percent and by a whopping 400 percent when the rear wing is in the least aggressive of its three positions.

Climbing aboard, we find what could be abbreviated DSS (Drive Spoiling System). Humor aside, the one behind the wheel can now choose between four driving modes that work with the supercar's active systems: Strada (60/40 rear:front torque bias), Sport (up to 90:10) and Corsa, as well as Ego (Lamborghini's way of letting you go for an individual setup).

The cabin also holds a new digital instrument panel, while Apple CarPlay is standard and a telemetry system for track junkies is optional.

The first Lamborghini Aventador S owners will get their cars in Spring next year, with the pricing starting at $421,350 or EUR 281,555. But that's before talking about Lamborghini's ever-richer Ad Personam customization program...


The 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster is already here, having arived as one hell of an accurate rendering.
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