• Brash visual statement
  • Scary straight-line speed
  • Inevitable comparisons to the Batmobile
  • Harsh shifts
  • Hyperexpensive
  • Cop magnet

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What's New for Aventador in 2014

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Vehicle Summary

The Aventador is Lamborghini's flagship model, and it's the archetypal supercar. It's really big, really loud, and really, really fast. It has a 691-hp V-12 engine. It has rear-biased all-wheel drive. It has a seven-speed automatic transmission that can shift in 50 milliseconds. It will launch from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds and will go on to a peak speed of 217 mph. It can do that ridiculous speed regardless of body style -- coupe or roadster. Both the coupe and the roadster are built around a carbon-fiber passenger tub that helps keep curb weights down. Buyers who want something smooth and refined should look at the McLaren MP4-12C or the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT, but folks who want the prototypical, classic, brutish supercar would be happy with the Lamborghini Aventador.

Overview

The Lamborghini Aventador replaced the Murciélago, and those were some pretty big shoes to fill. As one of the world's preeminent supercars, the Murciélago was devastatingly quick and, despite its demure-for-Lambo looks, loud and brash. The Aventador takes a big step forward, technologically speaking. Its seven-speed automatic transmission uses only one clutch but is lighter than comparable dual-clutch setups, and it snaps off gearshifts like a machine gun. Power comes from a 6.5-liter V-12, which is cleaner and more efficient than the old engine. It manages to be more powerful, too, putting out 691 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. The Aventador uses carbon-fiber construction throughout its body (the passenger cell is one solid tub of carbon fiber), which keeps weight down despite the car's hulking size. The Aventador draws visual comparisons to a jet fighter, but it could draw performance comparisons, too. This Lambo can go from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds and tops out at 217 mph, putting it in a very elite club of 200-plus-mph supercars. It lacks a bit of the polish found in its closet competitors, particularly the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT and the McLaren MP4-12C, but the Aventador is much more desirable and much, much more seductive. It's the ultimate metamorphosis of the Italian sports car. If you have the money to spend, parking an Aventador in your garage is a one-way ticket to a world of speed and striking looks.

Key Competitors

  • Aston Martin Vanquish
  • Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
  • McLaren MP4-12C
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

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2014 Aventador Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Rear Spoiler

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Knee Air Bag
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Parking Distance Control
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Dual Power Seats
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • Navigation System
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