The Italian brand’s outgoing flagship, the Murciélago
, was the first car developed under the ownership of Audi AG. After a 10-year run, it was time for a change, as just about every supercar maker has taken great strides to improve their products.
|The Lamborghini Aventador should arrive in North America at the end of summer 2011. (Photo: Mathieu St-Pierre/Auto123.com)
Over the years, the Murciélago’s output slowly escaladed, from 580 horsepower to 670. For the new Aventador
, add another thirty ponies as its 6.5-litre V12 now produces no less than 700 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. Lamborghini claims the engine is an all-new design.
Managing all that pavement-rippling muscle is a new gearbox. Called ISR or Independent Shifting Rod, the 7-speed tranny features rods operated by hydraulic actuators, which accomplish virtually parallel gear changes. According to Lamborghini, the overlapping allows shifts to occur 50% quicker than in a double-clutch sequential.
In addition, the driver can choose between three operating modes: comfort-oriented Strada, dynamic Sport and track-calibrated Corsa, the latter including a launch mode for nose-bleed blastoffs. You can use the wheel-mounted paddle shifters or leave the ISR swap its own gears.
Speaking of blastoffs, the all-wheel drive Aventador is said to hit 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, or three-tenths sooner than the outgoing Murciélago LP 670-4. The car also has a potential top speed of 350 km/h, or 219 mph. Treehuggers, rejoice: combined fuel consumption
is reduced from 20.6 L/100 km to 17.2 .
Compared to the Murciélago, the Aventador rides on a slightly longer wheelbase and is barely longer, but loses an inch in width, while height is unchanged. Front and rear tires are sized at 255/35ZR19 and 335/30ZR20, respectively, replacing the old car’s 18-inchers.
|Compared to the Murciélago, the Aventador rides on a slightly longer wheelbase and is barely longer, but loses an inch in width, while height is unchanged. (Photo: Mathieu St-Pierre/Auto123.com)