The Murcielago wasn’t a Lamborghini anyone would take lightly. Apart from a fair bit of drivers falling victim to the car’s enormous power, it also had the ability to make jaws drop even at a minuscule rise of the revs. So but would an Aventador make you feel the same way that a Murcielago did? The answer to that is down to personal preference, but in no way is the newer car any less spectacular. And it’s even got a fair share of special editions on sale, with the latest one being the upcoming (for India) Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
With a V12 under the bonnet, the Aventador sits atop the Lamborghini range. Which means it might not look as youthful as the Huracan but has enough charm to make you fall in love with it. The Aventador S Coupe is in a lot of ways like the Murcielago but made for the modern day audience. It’s still noticeably larger than cars like the Huracan, but it’s filled with finer details that a Lamborghini lover would appreciate. The Aventador S’s exterior helps the car achieve 130 per cent more downforce than the original Lamborghini Aventador (which is no longer in the line up).
The cabin is the usual Lamborghini affair with enough exotic materials used to make the car’s purpose-built nature a bit more luxurious. The exposed carbon fibre on the centre console is one way of speccing it, or you can even opt for a leather-clad cabin. Both have their appeal, and both look equally good in the Aventador. Behind the steering are two substantially large gear-shift paddles and a huge TFT display working as the instrument cluster. The switchgear includes aircraft-style toggle switches, which in our opinion, heightens the experience of driving the flagship Lamborghini.
As the flagship Lamborghini, the Aventador has quite huge shoes to fill. There are two variants on sale: the Aventador S and the Aventador SVJ. Both use the same 6.5-litre V12 unit that makes 760 bhp and 720 Nm in the SVJ and 30 bhp and 30 Nm less in the Aventador S. Both cars come with a four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. The performance on the SVJ is best explained in figures because you have to be in one to experience the brutal forces. The car can do 0-100 kmph in just 2.8 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds quicker than the claimed time of the Aventador S. Both cars come with a 7-speed automatic gearbox.
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is expected to be launched in India very soon. The supercar won’t just represent the pinnacle of current Lamborghinis, with the kind of performance it offers, it will be a force to reckon with. But until it’s launched, the Aventador S is your only bet. The vehicle isn’t too far off in terms of power and specs. It costs Rs 4.76 crore, ex-showroom.
In terms of rivals, there are cars like the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Choosing one among these two depends on which camp you’ve been a part of. Both cars have their unique features, and one can’t go wrong with either.
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