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Lamborghini Aventador

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Named after a famous fighting bull from Spain, the Lamborghini Aventador was recently unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motorshow.  Built as a replacement for the 10 year old Murceilago, the low, squat and wide Aventador features an earth shattering 700hp V12 engine and the highest power to weight ratio of any car in its class.

This hypercar is full of drama – even when it is parked.  It boasts the world's first carbon-fibre monocoque where the entire passenger cell, with the tub and the roof included, is a single component.  The monocoque cell weighs only 147,5 kg.  Aluminium frames are used to attach the suspension components front and rear and so in total the Aventador weighs in at an impressive 1 575 kg is 4.78 meters long, 2.26 meters wide, and only 1.136 meters high.. The proportions and body parts have been calculated to improve the car’s aerodynamics as much as possible.  The side of the car has two sweeping strokes – the first emphasizes the front wheel arch; the second forms a sharp line beginning at the front wheel arch and moves along the side of the car creating a very dramatic look.  Also, two large air intakes behind the upward-opening doors are functional in cooling the engine.  In what has become one of the most distinctive features for any Lamborghini, the passenger doors open upwards gull wing fashion.  Customers will have the ability to choose from 13 exterior colours in pastel metallic, pearlescent, or matte which include the newest shades.

If you're lucky enough to have ever sat in a Lambo, you would know how the designers of this supercar have attempted to create a cockpit out of a dashboard with buttons and gauges acting like the instruments of a jet plane.  In terms of interior trim and leather coverings there is a virtually inexhaustible array of options offered by Lamborghini's 'Ad Personam' individualisation program where customers can choose their own individual interior combinations.  Inside there’s the usual supercar bucket seats (supportive, comfortable and electrically adjustable).  And who can forget - a bomb-release style starter button under a red cover. Flip it open, press and the V12 will scream to life. 

The Aventador comes with a new and ultra-light 6.5 litre V12 engine (thanks to aluminium-silicon alloys used, the overall engine weight has been lowered to just 235kg!) with an AWD layout that produces 515 kW at 8250 rpm and 690 Nm (at 5500 rpm) of torque.  Lamborghini claims a 0-100 km/h in 2,9 seconds but more impressive is the 0-200 km/h in 8,9 seconds! Specifications like these help achieve a Top speed of 350 km/h.  The Aventador's engine is coupled with an all-new “Lamborghini ISR” - the ISR stands for Independent Shifting Rod – seven speed single clutch automated manual gearbox.  It comes with two modes and 50 millisecond shifts that works in such a fashion that when one of the shifting rods is moving out of one gear, the second rod is already shifting on to the next.  There is a Drive Select System which enables vehicle characteristics (engine, transmission, differential, stability control, steering) to be set in accordance with driver preference in one of three modes – Strada (road), Sport and Corsa (track).

The Aventador has ABS, electronic brake distribution, anti-slip control, speed-dependent servo-tronic steering, hill start assist and of course ESP stability control.  The new and innovative steering wheel system has the ability to 'think' its way through a bend adhering to a perfect line. This feature, in conjunction with a dozen computer systems, analyses how the driver has entered a curve and adjusts steering inputs and braking to help the car maintain a more efficient line.

As news of the Aventador already leaked out prior to its unveiling at Geneva, Lamborghini has already sold a year and a half's production (about 1100 cars) world-wide.  Buy a car like this and you can expect to wait upwards of 18 months for delivery.  Lamborghini Aventador cars for sale in South Africa retail for about R5.7 Million and apparently about half-a-dozen or so orders have already been placed locally. Pricing is subject to exchange rates, import duties and dealer pricing.

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