2017 Lamborghini Aventador Review

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2017 Lamborghini Aventador Overview

Since 2011, the mid-engine Aventador has been Lamborghini’s flagship supercar for the masses. And by masses, we mean they’ve sold about 1,000 a year—big numbers compared to the 3 Veneno hypercars that ended up in the hands of customers. But 2017 is a bit of a rebuilding year for the Aventador. While the coupe and roadster continue to be available in both a base trim and a track-ready SV trim, Lamborghini has also introduced an all-new S trim as the future of the model. For 2017, the S is offered exclusively in coupe form with a refreshed exterior, 4-wheel steering, and more power. The Aventador also comes in a special Miura Homage trim, introduced in 2016 as a tribute to the beloved classic Lamborghini Miura. And if the regular array of options is not enough, all Lamborghinis can be custom ordered through the company’s Ad Personam program, which covers everything from interior and exterior color palettes to custom stitching and materials.

By far the biggest news for 2017 is the debut of the Aventador S trim. It’s been updated front and rear, but the new look isn’t just about cosmetics—Lamborghini claims major aerodynamic improvements, as well. The car’s 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine is capable of 740 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque and has a redline of 8,500 rpm, with 62 mph coming in just 2.9 seconds. Another important number? The MSRP, which is $421,350. 4-wheel steering—a first for a production Lamborghini—assists at both high and low speeds. Magnetorheological active suspension comes standard and has been updated specifically for the S. The same goes for the new car’s all-wheel drive (AWD) setup, and Pirelli even developed all-new P Zero tires for the S trim.

In addition to the performance upgrades, the Aventador S is equipped with a new customizable “Ego” drive mode that joins the existing Strada, Sport, and Corsa modes. Apple CarPlay now comes standard, and the new exhaust system is 20% lighter than before and emits a more sonorous roar. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is Lamborghini’s single-clutch Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) 7-speed transmission, which carries over to the S. For now, the S trim is only available in coupe form, although a roadster variant is in the works.

The base Aventador coupe is powered by a modified version of the S trim’s V12 engine that’s good for 691 hp and 507 lb-ft, although it shares the same 2.9-second 0-to-62 time as the S. The roadster variant takes just one-tenth of a second longer than the coupe to reach 62 mph, and both come with AWD. The car’s Formula One-derived pushrod suspension lacks the dynamic magnetorheological setup found on the S or SV, and smaller 19-inch wheels are standard up front while the rear wheels get 20-inch rims. The only real difference between the coupe and roadster variants is the roadster’s carbon-fiber hardtop, which opens manually in 2 parts. The coupe starts at $399,500, while the roadster is priced at $443,800.

Built in a limited-edition run of just 50 cars, the Aventador Miura Homage starts with the base Aventador coupe and adds unique styling to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Lamborghini Miura. The Miura Homage trim will be available in the same 18 colors as the original Miura, with the lower part of the car finished in contrasting gold or matte silver and unique logos inside and out.

Aside from the one thing it gains—enough extra power to squeeze 740 hp out of its V12 engine—the Aventador SV trim is primarily defined by what it lacks. You won’t find navigation or soundproofing, but it does come with carbon-fiber body panels and vents designed to reduce body weight. The SV gets an active magnetorheological suspension at the front and rear, Lamborghini’s dynamic steering with a variable ratio, and 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inchers at the rear. Performance-wise, the SV coupe can reach 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and go on to a top speed of 217 mph. The roadster variant has the same top speed but takes an additional tenth of a second in its sprint to 62 mph. Starting price for the SV coupe is $490,700, while the SV roadster will cost $535,500.

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A member of the New England Motor Press Association who has owned everything from a Town Car to a Prius, Keith has contributed automotive coverage to outlets including Wired, Car & Driver, and USA Today.

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