Lamborghini is an epitome of perfection. For a little more than half a century, the Italian-based company has been manufacturing exquisite sports cars that have revolutionized man’s desire to satisfy the need for speed. So when the Lamborghini Aventador was introduced at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, it marked a new chapter in the iconic automotive company’s history, selling more than twelve production cars faster than you can say “Check, please”. After a short span of 5 years, 5,000 Aventadors had already been constructed.
Here is the history and evolution of the Lamborghini Aventador.
The 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
At first glance, the Aventador was a reflection of the fighting bull it was named after: strong, fast, and aggressive. All the body parts and measurements were designed to improve the car’s aerodynamics: 1.136m high, 2.26m wide, and 4.78m long. The rear spoiler was movable and controlled electronically, providing handling and traction capabilities from their fourth generation technology. The car featured bi- xenon headlamps and black, glossy frames that further accentuated its design.
There were two sweeping strokes on the side of the car as well, the first emphasizing the front wheel arch and the other a finely drawn line originating at the fore wheel arch. To facilitate better cooling of the engine, the car was fitted with two gigantic air intakes behind the trademark Lamborghini scissor doors. Finally, the rear came with LED lights and a lower diffuser that shaped nicely like the ones in front. In terms of performance, Lamborghini introduced the new 6.5-liter 60-degree V12 engine that could generate 690 bhp at 8,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 508 lb ft. Not surprisingly, these combinations helped the super car sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and maintain a top speed of 217 mph.
2013 Aventador lp700-4 roadster
For the 2013 model, Lamborghini brought a slightly more advanced Aventador dubbed LP 700-4 Roadster, which could reach a dazzling top speed of 350kmh. The car retained the same V12 engine found in the coupe version, which could produce a staggering 700hp power output and 509 lb ft. of torque. The new acceleration from 0 to 60mph was 3 seconds. New features in the 2-door mid-engined sports car included Dione design alloy wheels and a carbon fiber package. The electronically controlled 4WD was paired to a seven-speed semi-automatic transmission to allow an estimated 18mph highway and 11mpg city.
The new Aventador also came with double wishbone front & rear suspension, cylinder deactivation, optimized shocks, front & rear parking sensors, start-stop technology, iPod/iPhone integration, steering wheel-mounted controls, hands-free phone capabilities, and voice activated navigation. Every man’s dream car! For safety, the 2013 Aventador lp700-4 roadster was equipped with tire pressure monitoring, electronic brake distribution, traction control, stability control, xenon HID headlights, dual front side-mounted airbags, and anti-lock braking. The result was an extra 50kg weight over the coupe, but this didn’t really interfere with its performance, thanks to various parts of the car being redesigned to accommodate the decrease in stiffness and the introduction of bigger diameter tires.
The 2014 Lamborghini Aventador
The 2014 Aventador maintained the same carbon fiber construction from its predecessor and could attain a maximum speed of 217 mph. The integrated 6.5-liter V12 engine could generate 691hp, while the Haldex Generation 4 all-wheel drive system directed engine momentum to the Pirelli tires. With an acceleration of 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, the car was truly a force to be reckoned with. Customers could choose between a convertible roadster and a hardtop coupe version, but all the models included an automatic climate control system, keyless entry, and heated outer mirrors, in addition to the other features from the previous versions.
2015 Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce
As if the regular Herculean Aventador models had not stirred enough pandemonium, Lamborghini went ahead and launched a special edition version of the supercar: the LP 750-4 Superveloce. The Super Veloce was not only faster, but it was also more powerful, lighter, and had much more down-force. This was reflected in the dumbfounding 750bhp and the new revolution limit of 8500. What’s more, the car had trimmed off 50kg off its weight and incorporated specially developed Pirellis tires on bigger rims. Adaptive dampers were added to the pushrod suspension and most importantly, the Superveloce came with active steering!
Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster
In a bid to continue the legend of the iconic Lamborghini Aventador, fans in Japan were treated to the first glimpse of the lp 750-4 superveloce roadster, featuring improved aerodynamics, lower weight, innovative technologies, and increased power. To most people’s surprise, the car came with an open top design, making it the first in its class to carry the “SuperVeloce” name. According to the company, the idea was to produce an unparalleled Lamborghini super car with exceptional driving precision and dynamic superiority.
As a result, the automobile underwent significant weight reduction and then equipped with innovative technologies to create the fastest, most sports-oriented Lamborghini production car ever in the form of a Roadster. The 50kg weight reduction was achieved through enhanced lightweight engineering that included substantial use of carbon fiber. The maximum power from the V12 engine was 750 hp while the acceleration from 0 to 62 mph was 2.8 seconds. The car could also achieve a top speed of at least 217mph. All in all, the Aventador Superveloce Roadster advanced the company’s tradition of the SV models, pushing boundaries in terms of pure driving emotion and general performance.
The Future of the Lamborghini Aventador
If the trend in the 5-year history of the Lamborghini Aventador is anything to go by, you can expect more surprises from the supercar. It’s been confirmed that the coupe and roadster versions will undergo a minor facelift for the 2017 models. In particular, the supercar is expected to come with a completely new nose, smaller side intakes, and a large front spoiler. The back will feature a more sophisticated aerodynamic layout and prominent rear diffuser, as well as a new rear wing for generating even more down-force. The naturally aspirated V-12 engine might receive a slight boost in power and although Lamborghini won’t care to admit it for now, the current 750hp power output shows a lot of potential for an upgrade. As sports cars technology continues to take a more revolutionary turn, the 2017 Aventador MIGHT also be the last Lamborghini V12 production series model as the company looks to introduce hybrid features for more efficiency.
Written by Garrett Parker
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