1 Oct 2011
In line with Lamborghini tradition, the Aventador was named after a fighting bull, with the LP700-4 suffix of the launch model stating its 700 horsepower engine output (equivalent to 515kW) as delivered to all four wheels, while torque peaked at 690Nm when the engine hits 5500rpm.
At 2.9 seconds, the Aventador had one of the world's fastest 0-100km/h acceleration times. However, at 100km/h the wedge-like, jet fighter-inspired Lambo was far from raising a sweat, with a further 250km/h in reserve before it hit v-max.
The all-new mid-mounted 6.5-litre V12 engine delivered more power than the one fitted to its Murcielago predecessor yet returned better fuel economy and lower emissions.
Keeping the power under control were carbon-ceramic brakes, a lightweight carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and racecar-style pushrod suspension.
Like the Murcielago, Diablo and Countach before it, entry to the Aventador was via dramatic scissor doors. Inside, a stylised and updated version of the Audi multi-media interface (MMI) enabled access to vehicle, entertainment and communication settings.
When it was new