2021 Lamborghini Aventador Review

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2021 Lamborghini Aventador Overview

The Lamborghini Aventador gets just minor updates for the 2021 model year, which means this supercar is quite behind the times in terms of technology, but that’s not likely to matter to those with the means to buy one. This old-school, yet still flamboyant and eye-catching, supercar competes with other exotics in the half-million price range, such as the Ford GT and Ferrari SF90 Stradale.

The Aventador carries over in coupe and roadster variants, both low-slung, aerodynamic, and dramatic, with lots of angles most often shown off in bright candy colors. This year’s updates include a new forged wheel design and the option of carbon-fiber badging.

The base Aventador S is powered by a mid-mounted 6.5-liter V12 engine rated for 730 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque, paired with a seven-speed automated manual transmission and paddle shifters, plus four-wheel steering and all-wheel drive (AWD). The SVJ model, which is limited to a production run of 900 cars for the 2021 model year, features the same setup, but checks in at 760 hp and 531 lb-ft. EPA fuel-economy estimates come in at 9 mpg city,15 mpg highway, and 11 combined. Four selectable drive modes—Strada, Sport, Corsa, and customizable Ego—come standard.

Climb through this Lambo’s signature scissor doors, and you’ll find very low seats and a snug cabin for two. The interior is basic—expensive, but basic—and can be upgraded with options like heated seats, colored seat belts, color-coded carbon-fiber pedals, and various upholstery combinations.

The infotainment system shows its age. You get an LCD instrument cluster, a touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition, navigation, and a performance data recorder, for those lucky Aventadors that will get driven on a track.

The Lamborghini Aventador hasn’t been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). You also won’t find safety features beyond stability control and a reversing camera (which were required in the United States). You’re pretty much on your own.

The Lamborghini Aventador’s always been a little long in the roof and the hood, and now, it’s officially pretty long in the tooth, as well. It’s perhaps the best way to drop $500,000 or so on a car that’s a decade old and counting, though, because if this is what satisfies you, not much else out there will do.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She owns a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx XT, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, 2015 Honda Grom, and 1979 Boston Whaler Montauk.

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