Sant'Agata's best just got better.
Italian supercar manufacturer Lamborghini has pulled the wraps off of the Aventador S, which is sort of a mid-life update to the brand’s flagship model. Admittedly, only Lamborghini can execute a facelift like this. The brand’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali, said that “This is the next-generation Aventador, as well as the expression of new technological and performance milestones in super sports car development.” He went on to say, “the Aventador S is a visionary design, cutting-edge technology and driving dynamics in pure harmony, and elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level.”
Style-wise, there’s a new, more aggressive front bumper that features a longitudinal splitter, said to force the nose downward even more than the outgoing car. 130% more, in fact. The new front end also improves airflow for cooling, as well as smoothes out the air passing around the wheels.
The rear has seen revisions as well, with a new bumper, new tail-lights, and a completely redesigned diffuser that manages to increase downforce by up to 50%, whilst drag is cut by 400% in its most streamlined position.
The drivetrain sees revisions too, with the 6.5-litre V12 now producing 544kW and 690Nm, up 34kW. This goes through Lamborghini’s proprietary Shifting Rod seven-speed gearbox to all four wheels, while breathing through a revised triple-exit exhaust system (that’s now 20% lighter than before). The century sprint is completed in just 2.9-seconds, while 200km/h is hit in 8.8-seconds. Keep the loud pedal buried, and you’ll hit 300km/h in 24.2-seconds. The speed tops out at 350km/h.
New to Lamborghini is the use of four-wheel steering for the first time. Two actuators running the rear wheels, able to react within 5-miliseconds to driver input, will turn the rear wheels either in the opposite direction during slow speeds (increasing agility and reducing the Aventador S’ turning circle), or they can mirror the direction of the front wheels (to a lesser degree, of course) to increase stability through corners.
Also focusing the driving experience is the addition of an ‘EGO’ drive mode, which essentially allows Lamborghini drivers to tailor their raging bull to their exact preferences, with the ability to pick and choose sub-system settings like the suspension, throttle response, and steering systems individually. This should make the Aventador S a much easier proposition to live with day-to-day. Not the many of us do, of course.
The interior, largely untouched, sees the addition of a TFT touchscreen, which supports Apple CarPlay as standard.
In Australia, the Aventador S will be priced from $788,914 before on the road costs. Deliveries for lucky owners will begin from Q2 2017.