I introduce to you the latest rendition of the much-loved Lamborghini Aventador, the Aventador S. It supposedly represents a new benchmark for the Aventador and therefore a lot of changes have been made.
First up is the inevitable increase in power. The 6.5-litre V12 has been boosted up to 730bhp from the ‘standard’ 691bhp. The mental Aventador SV is still the most powerful of the bunch, though, kicking out 740bhp. The redline has been bumped up to 8,500rpm because why not? The exhaust is 20% lighter, too, which will benefit the noise massively. This extra power, delivered through all four wheels, will launch it from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds and it’ll reach a top speed of 217mph.
Whilst we’re on the topic of its four wheels (kind of), I’d also like to mention the four-wheel steering system Lambo have fitted to the Aventador S. It’s the same system fitted on the ridiculous Centenario but this is the first time it has been used on their production cars. At low speeds, the front and rear wheels will turn in the opposite direction effectively shortening the wheelbase and therefore reducing the turning circle. At high speeds, they’ll turn in the same direction to provide extra stability. The front axle gets their dynamic steering setup. The rear axle gets two separate actuators which respond to the driver’s steering input with five-millisecond-quick adjustments.
The suspension has been updated to cope with the new four-wheel steering system fitted to the Aventador S. New geometry, rear springs and a ‘real-time’ active damping system are the improvements. The ESC has been recalibrated to be faster and provide “improved adhesion detection” thus improving grip in a variety of conditions. It has been made clear, though, that the four-wheel steering has been tuned so that it still allows “oversteer behaviour and a sporty, safe drive”. Queue the sighs of relief…
There’s a new ‘Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Attiva’ (LDVA) control unit to control all of these new systems. You can choose from four chassis modes – Sport, Strada, Corsa and Ego – which alter the torque/ESC interface.
Downforce has been improved by 130% over the standard Aventador thanks to the new nose and bigger front splitter, two new air ducts in the front bumper, a new black rear diffuser with fins, and the three single exit exhausts tips. To accompany the downforce, carbon ceramic brakes (400mm at the front, 380mm at the rear) are fitted as standard, as are Pirelli P Zero tyres.
Interior updates include a new TFT digital dash, Apple CarPlay and the option of adding a telemetry system (lap times and all sorts of cool stuff). It looks incredible inside as you can see in the above photo.
Coming to the UK’s roads next year, the Aventador S will be priced at £225,955 excluding tax. Given that all of the SVs have been sold, this is the best new Aventador you’re going to get. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments section below or via our Facebook and Twitter pages.