Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4: Australian Review

I'm not too proud to admit that the Lamborghini Aventador is the most frightening car I've ever driven. I'm profoundly scared of it, but not because of its speed, its ferocious engine or the brakes that pull the eyes out of your head when you stop. It's something else.

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What Is It?

Specifications
  • Engine: 6.5-litre V12 engine
  • Gearbox: 7-speed independent shifting rod (ISR) transmission
  • Entertainment System: Audi MMI system
  • Bluetooth: Yes (phone only)
  • Fuel consumption: Lots/100km

Raw, untamed power that will kill you the first chance it gets. It's a nuclear weapon with a spoiler.

The V12 engine is rear-mounted (natch) and produces between 691 and 720 horsepower, depending on who hand-built it, as well as 690nm of torque achieved at 5500RPM.

That engine, matched with a 7-speed flappy-paddle gearbox and a very competent four-wheel drive system to keep you on the road takes you from 0-100km/h (or 62mph if you're a pedant) in a dizzying 2.9 seconds. And it will keep going from 100km/h right up to a limited speed of 350km/h. Yep.

It's also dripping with carbon fibre. A carbon fibre monocoque frame sits underneath the carbon fibre rear bonnet, fenders and doors to keep the weight down.

Oh, it also has scissor doors, just in case the way it looks or the untamed noise it makes when you turn it on wasn't enough theatre for you.

The technical specifications are almost as boggling as the price: a cool $880,000. For a car. That will kill you. Until you are dead.

What's Good?

Are you kidding? Everything. It's a fucking Lamborghini Aventador.

It was styled on a fighter jet and runs on the blood of lions. This car is an Italian opus: an ode to speed at any cost.

It's a bonkers car made for bonkers people who enjoy being bonkers.

As soon as you clap your eyes on it, you know it's something special. Even people who don't like cars know that. You get that feeling going around town, too. Everybody looks.


People point; others applaud. Other drivers wind down their windows at the traffic lights to ask questions about it and ask you to rev the engine.

I came across one couple who followed me up the highway in their car just so they could watch the Aventador driving along. When they pulled up alongside me (I had slowed down to see if they were the police, to be honest), their kids rolled down the back windows in awe and screamed "Go! Go!".

Gear down, foot down and deafen some small children.

When they caught back up, their smiles were ear-to-ear and so were those of the parents in the front. This car is as much for spectators as it is for you, the driver.

On the subject of that quick blast, it's worth noting that the acceleration the Aventador delivers is some of the most savage I've ever experienced.

It's a car that doesn't like driving slowly. Getting it out of the city and onto the highway feels like dragging a very large, energetic bull through a very small china shop. Once you get it to the highway and stick it into Sport mode, however, you'll have the most fun you've ever had behind the wheel of a car.

Flick down a gear with the flappy-paddle gearbox, hit the gas and you go into hyperspace. The four-wheel drive system keeps you planted on the road while the V12 engine roars into life, delivering you a flood of power.

I say flood because it just keeps going. 0-100 is barely a relevant metric on a car this fast: you have to look so far down the road to see if you're going to have a crash with something, but the traffic seems to miraculously part for you as drivers crane their necks to get a look at the arsehole in the car they wish they had.

The aforementioned Sport Mode is one of three different drive settings on the Aventador, and it's by far the most fun. Strada is for normal drives down to the shops (you will never do this), Sport is for spirited highway blasts and Corsa is for putting yourself into a wall on a track day. Sport Mode is a great all-round mode, but it means that the Aventador gulps down its own fuel in about two hours of highway driving. Goddamn if you don't have fun doing it, though.

There is a slight downside to being the biggest, baddest car on the road. I'd almost liken it to being in prison. Everyone wants to have a run at you to see if they can take you down. Pull into the middle lane of a three-lane highway and the driver every souped-up Subaru WRX, Porsche 911 or Nissan GT-R will pull up to the right of you, give you a look and speed off. Mostly so they can say they took an Aventador on the highway in a car one-eighth the price tag. It's worth putting a little sticker on the steering wheel for these people that reads "I must not race idiots" on it.

Just writing this makes me want to beg Lamborghini Australia for another go in the Tororosso: the red bull.

What's Bad?

At the start of this review I said I was scared of the Aventador, but not for the obvious reasons. That's true.

It's not the brutal speed, I can handle that; nor is it the savage power that sits less than half a metre behind your head, yearning to leap forward into the driver's seat and gore you to death.

It's the ride height.

The gap between the road and the front guard of the Aventador is prohibitively small. So much so that when we picked up the car we were actually told to go over every bump, ramp and divot in the road sideways at 2km/h. The car is beautiful to look at, but completely ridiculous in practice.

That ride height is the most terrifying thing about the car because you're always worried you're going to ding, dent or scratch a million dollars worth of supercar by going over one bump the wrong way. The insurance excess we'd be liable for if we scratched the Aventador in any way was almost $10,000, so naturally we took it easy around town. And everywhere, actually.

There's a little button on the console that raises the nose of the car up, but even with the lift kit activated you'll still be going around town sideways, looking every lip in your way as a potential insurance claim.

Even without the problematic ride-height, the Aventador is a really weird car to drive. Because it's essentially a race car, you have to drive it with two feet. Or at least that's the only convenient way to drive it.

Because the brake and the accelerator pedals aren't directly next to each other and sit at different depths in the footwell, you can't just take your foot off one and place it on the other.

First of all, your foot will never find it without taking your eyes off the road to have a look, and both the acceleration and braking is so goddamn savage that if you tap one too hard you're either being projected into space or having your eyes torn out of your head from the deceleration. It requires you to relearn everything you know about driving quickly. That's not necessarily bad, but my God it hurts your knees after about an hour behind the wheel from the strain.

Finally, Lamborghini's now come packed with Audi's MMI system as standard. MMI isn't a bad system, it just looks insanely out of place on the the console of a jet fighter-esque supercar.

Should You Buy It?


Lamborghini Aventador
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Price: $880,000

Like
  • Incredible design.
  • Beautifully engineered.
  • Mind-bendingly fast.
Don't Like
  • Odd to drive.
  • Nose is insanely low.
  • Maddeningly expensive.

If you have nerves of steel and roads smoother than glass, yes, you should absolutely have the Aventador in your life.

It's such a stupid car and I love it so much. The only reason I didn't give it 100 out of 100 is because I found out our graphic isn't wide enough to support that number.

The power is insane, it looks like it's about to take off from an aircraft carrier and it makes a noise that puts other cars back in their garage out of fear.

If you want to buy this car, make sure you park it in a shipping container off from the highway and just use it to burn up and down those deliciously straight, flat, high-speed roads.

Even if you just get the chance to drive one for a day, or even just an hour, you should do it. It's a rev-head's wet dream.


Comments

    Seventeen word summary:
    Useless for anything except for showing off, picking up gold diggers, and doing laps on a track.

      But if you've got the cash and the interest then why not? The same could be said about any number of things, including tech.

    I've driven an aventador and i can attest to the violent acceleration, however i never felt i needed 'two feet' to drive the thing. I also didn't find it to be a 'race car', its relatively comfortable and doesn't require huge amounts of skill to drive. A race car on the other hand does require skill.

    Also worth noting that it's actually a mid engined car, this means the engine is behind the driver and in front of the rear axle. A rear engined car has the engine behind the rear axle i.e Porsche 911.

    As this is an Australian review it's probably worth using kilowatts rather than horsepower, especially considering you used NM for torque and km/ph for speed.

    "...and it makes a noise that puts other cars back in their garage out of fear..." Reminds me of that old car ad (forgot which one) that have cars on the street shivering and going back to the garage. :p But [email protected] that is a very good looking car.

    Gross I know but it should come with a complimentary box of Tissues......

      It does come with an instructional parking space sign that appears to say "Pullman".

    Its a lovely car but because its so close to the ground then at night just about everyone else's headlights will shine straight into your eyes.

      Yeah you're totally right. I'm going to buy a Captiva instead. A grey one.

        You can laugh but that and not being able to see past the car in front grows old pretty quickly.

          Yes and driving grey captivas will be so much more rewarding each day.

    Quote of the morning for me
    "Everything. It’s a fucking Lamborghini Aventador."
    Thanks :)

    I'm tossing up between one of these or a Subaru Liberty Wagon. A few questions though:

    1. Does it have rear seats? I'll need to drive the kids to swimming and ballet class on the weekends.
    2. What's the fuel economy like? Can it get me from Melbourne to Echuca without refueling?
    3. Does it have cup holders (this is a showstopper).

    Thanks.

      Well the stats say 17.8 L/100km, but I doubt anyone would ever achieve that haha.

      Sounds like you are in the market for a car, not whatever this thing is...

      These guys have no idea what they're talking about, my mum drives an Aventador and so do two of my aunties. Most reliable car you'll ever find and plenty usable.

      i found the solution for your kids
      http://www.swaggest.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/lamborghini-aventador-sr-auto-group1.jpg

      fark the subaru.

    690nm should be 690Nm, because the former is 690 nanometers while the latter is 690 Newton-meter.

    Just picked up my first supersports last weekend and I'm having an absolute blast, never experienced anything like it before. Just pure raw power. I just started thinking about riding it whilst reading this article. Man I love speed!

    That is the funniest fucking review i've read in ages! NICE work Luke

    Odd number plate. Toro Rosso is a Renault team, not Lamborghini/Audi.

      Toro means bull in Italian
      Rosso means Red

      Lamborghini's logo is a bull and this car is red.

      Hence the name Tororosso or Red Bull

      It means "red bull" in Italian, as in the Lamborghini logo is a raging bull, and this one happens to be red.

      Not actually a Renault team.

        Well, Renault engines. More Renault than Audi.

    Your graphic doesnt support 100/100 ranking? Uh....thats a mistake then isnt it.

    Anyone remember that ABC TV show The Games? Was about he (fictional) team behind the organising of the Sydney Olympics. The stadium they built for athletics was too small for a 100 meter track.....so they made it 90 meters....just saying.

    So on the fast track to prison thing; I had a weaponised low-slung twin-turbo some years ago that while not the fastest kid on the block, was a long way from the slowest. I'd pull up at traffic lights and I'd even had a soccer mum in a Prados eyeball me then gun it at the lights. Not even kidding. Everyone wants to take you on. It takes a lot of restraint to drive these cars.
    (ps) She lost. Damn I miss that car.

    Last edited 25/05/15 3:31 pm

      Interesting story. Not too long ago I pulled up at a set of lights next to a Murcielago. An orange one to be precise. I drive a 2003 V6 Avalon, also known as 'Granddad's car' because only old people drive it (it was cheap and I needed a sedan, I'm not old). I love Lambo's...The driver did the classic rev of the engine and gave me that look of 'It's go time'. Light goes green and he obliterates me of course, not that I really tried, I just knew there was no point. But it was an experience just to watch this thing fly. I figure that's why everybody tries to race you when you're driving something vicious, because people hope to see these things do what they're built for.

      Turns we were heading to the same event and I ended up getting to know the owner pretty well. Even got to do some photography of his pride and joy. Nice guy surprisingly.

    "Browse category at Dick Smith"

    -_-

    Its MID engined.

    I saw one of these parking a loooong waaaay away from all the other cars in a gym car park in Macquarie Park NSW while I was heading to my cruddy old POS - I looked over to see who was driving it - A very polite 60-something lady in her tatty trackie - I complimented her on the car as we passed each other, her words 'Goes like a rocket... that's the problem.'

    When are the people of Australia going to realize just how tough our seniors are doing it?

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