If you were a child of the eighties, more than likely you had a poster of the Lamborghini Countach hanging on your wall. The Countach was the iconic supercar of that era with a startling exterior and performance that could make your jaw drop to the floor. We imagine the same is true with Lamborghini's latest creation, the 2013 Aventador. The Aventador takes the place of Lamborghini's previous top dog, the Murcielago, and comes packed with a load of fast parts and tech.
The Aventador's exterior can be best described as stealth bomber on the road, especially when its painted in a matte black. The front end has a set of fangs which strikes fear to any vehicle on the road. The headlights features distinctive LED daytime running lights. The side profile features massive wheels (nineteen-inch wheels up front, twenty-inch wheels in the back), and the iconic scissor doors. Around back is a transparent hood showing everyone the heart of this beast, special taillights, and a massive exhaust.
Inside, the stealth bomber similarities continue with the cabin being small and tight. The driver sits in front of digital TFT display which shows key information about the vehicle. The center stack is angular, proving easy reach of climate, infotainment, and driving modes.
Powering the Aventador is a 6.5L V12 engine producing 691 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with Lamborghini's ISR seven-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive. The Aventador also comes with three different drive modes that alter certain components:
- Strada: Traction control is fully on, gearbox provides slow shifts.
- Sport: Traction control relaxes, faster shifts from the gearbox
- Corsa: Traction control is off, full manual control of the gearbox
Performance figures are staggering. The run to 60 MPH takes about 2.9 seconds and if you're brave enough to keep your foot planted, you can reach a top speed of 207 MPH. To help bring the Aventador to a stop, there is a set of large, carbon-ceramic brakes.
And if you're wondering, the Aventador returns 11 MPG City/18 MPG Highway.