It was really only a matter of time before a Lamborghini entered the ranks of my Super Speed Friday list. This particular post will take a look at the Lamborghini Aventador LP700.
The Lamborghini Aventador LP700
Unveiled in 2011, the Aventador was designed to be Laborghini’s new flagship car in their already impressive array of automotive excellence. To look at this car is to awed by it’s design. This Italian built coupe bears all the aerodynamic slickness one would expect from Lamborghini and the engine sounds like a sonic jet taking off down the road. The Aventador even has a start button that looks like a missile launch button straight from a “cold war” movie. Lamborghini typically has always put acceleration and speed at the forefront of their goals when designing and building new cars. However, with this new car they put control at the helm above these factors. While the Aventador can still achieve remarkable speeds, the handling has been noticeably improved. The praise resulting from this slight shift in priorities has been undeniable in the world of car reviews and has brought Laborghini’s brand to a new height.
With a top speed of 217mph, the Aventador can go from 0-60mph in under 3 seconds while producing an incredible 700hp. This super speed is produced by a 6.5litre V12 engine. The complexity and cost of the V12 primarily confine it to the sports and luxury car world. Lamborghini has numerous V12s throughout their catalog, though the Aventador contains only the second one built in-house. A single clutch 7-speed transmission by Graziano Transmissioni puts the driver in complete control, even able to accomplish gear shifts in less than 1/10th of a second. Lighting shifting for a lightning speed engine, even with a single clutch. Graziano is also the same gearbox manufacturing company that produced the 7 speed dual-clutch found in the McLaren MP4-12C.
The Aventador has three different custom driving options which each have pre set engine, steering, transmission, and differential adjustments. The driver can put the car in ‘Corsa’ (track setting), ‘Strada’ (road setting), or Sport, depending on personal preference and driving environment. A series of buttons on the center console make changing between these options very straightforward. Though this car achieves all the power one would expect from a Lamborghini, and then some, the single clutch shift and console design make it flush with “out of the box” functionality. The interior of the Aventador contains some of the most incredible displays and entertainment options ever seen in the world of sports cars. In addition to what I would call the “cold war missile launch” start button, there is an Audi-MMI based “infotainment” system with a great stereo, bluetooth connectivity, and full navigation gps built in.
All of these previous factors combined have resulted in a new height for Lomborghini automobiles. As a result, The Lamborghini Aventador LP700 is selling like crazy. Demand for the car is incredibly high and Lambo is pushing to increase it’s already impressive 600 units per year simply to get closer to meeting demand. Though, for an automotive powerhouse such as this, I think they may never truly catch up with that demand. You might just have to wait to drive one of the most incredible cars ever built.
Links to blogs about the Lamborghini Aventador LP700
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By Jeanne Longhorne
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