The Aventador S: Lamborghini’s Next Generation Flagship

Lamborghini has thoroughly upgraded its flagship model, the Aventador, with a new prototype to join the next generation of V12 models. The Aventodor S as it is now widely known, has received a detailed bodywork transformation, with further re-engineering under the chassis and drive-train set to include a rear-wheel steering system. Tested on the Ricardo Torno Circuit in Valencia, Spain, we take a look at some of the new upgrades that it’s maker in

Although sporting a new look, most of the new features are functional rather than just decorative which is good to know. The new bumper and front splitter for instance, increases airflow to the radiators and channels air through the car’s sides hence reducing aerodynamic intrusions. Similar to the Centernario concept, the rear diffusers with its sharp vertical fins work to minimise drag and maximise down-force.

The new rear wing which can be modified by the driver based on speed and drive mode also serves this purpose with devastating effects, making it more agile on those sharp bends and quick on the terrain.


Technical Specification


  • Average Price:……………………………….. $443,804 – $749,990
  • Fuel Efficiency:……………………………….10.7 – 24.7 l/100km
  • Power to weight ratio:…………………..331.0 W/kg
  • Acceleration Zero to 100:………………2.9 s
  • Max speed:…………………………………………350 km/h (217 mph)
  • Transmission Type……………………………Electronically controlled all-wheel drive system (Haldex gen. IV) with rear mechanical self-locking differential
  • Gearbox……………………………………………….ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) gearbox with 7 speeds

The de rigueur of performance cars means that the Aventador’s drive-train, control systems and suspensions are fully re-engineered to make use of the new powerful all-wheel steering system that we have come to expect. And the Aventador S has not disappointed, like the Porsche 911 GT3 (991) that started this trend, at low speeds the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels to increase agility. Then at higher speeds the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the fronts to improve stability. The 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12’s rev limit has been increased from 8350 rpm to 8500 rpm. The extra revs have helped increase the power from 690 to 730 bhp, just 10 bhp short of the Aventador SV’s output. Torque, however, remains the same at 506 lb ft, as has the 0-62 mph time of 2.9 sec.

Cruise Control

Agility is king at high speeds and Lamborghini have tried, tested and re-calibrated the Aventador S on ice and snow to analysis the car’s performance on this extreme weather terrain. The whole car is now controlled by a new brain called the Lamborghini Dinamic Veicolo Attiva which monitors various sensors around the car and instantly adjusts the drive-train, suspension, steering and aerodynamics to be in their optimal setting for whichever situation the car is in.

Hamyar

Hamyar

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To say Hamyar has traveled would be something of an understatement. His passion for travelling has taken him from Tanzania to Dubai and an enviable number of places between, and the memories he captures always make for interesting reading. As well as travel, other subjects which fall into his expert remit include culture, design, fashion and cars - in other words, a born globetrotting who is destined for great things if his aspirations so far are anything to go by.

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