2012 Lamborghini Aventador

The 2012 Lamborghini Aventador is a 2-door, high performance exotic sports car. This supercar replaces the Murcièlago as Lamborghini's flagship, is faster and lighter than its precursor.

The lightweight Aventador comes from a redesigned drive line and the use of carbon fiber that reduces 200 pounds from its normal weight. When the lightweight materials are combined with the sophisticated engineering, aircraft inspired design, and engine power, the Aventador offers an unmatched driving experience.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Supercar Base Price: $387,000.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 23.8 gallons (90 l) MPG: 11 city / 17 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 188.1 in. (478 cm) Wheel Base: 106.3 in. (270 cm)
Height: 44.7 in. (113.6 cm) Width: 79.9 in. (203 cm)
Curb Weight: 3472 lbs (1575 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: NA Maximum Seating: 2 people
Performance
Engine: 6.5L V12 DOHC Compression Ratio: 11.8: 1
Horsepower: 700 HP Max RPM: 8250 RPM
Torque: 507 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed ISR
0-60 mph: 2.6 seconds Maximum Speed: 217 mph (349 km/h)

Engine & Performance

The Lamborghini Aventador is powered by a 6.5 liter V12 engine that produces 690 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mounted on a 7-speed automated manual transmission. The gearbox features 3 different operating modes: Sport, Strada, and Corsa.

The Aventador is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. The fuel economy of the Aventador is 17 mpg while on highway and 11 mpg in the city. This supercar is fitted with a suspension system similar to those in Formula 1 race cars. When this suspension is combined with the all wheel drive, the Aventador is able to take turns smoothly even at very high speeds.

Exterior

The Aventador comes in a single trim level with standard exterior features that include: 19 inch front wheels and 20 inch back wheels, high performance tires, LED running lights, and bi-xenon headlights.

Among its striking features are the carbon-fiber monocoque doors that open upward. All in all, it is designed in an incredible dynamic sculpture all the way through, from the low roofline, to the distinctive rear diffuser, and to the sharply polished front end.

Interior

On the inside, although it can only accommodate two people, it is spacious and combines Italian craftsmanship with modern technology. To start with, the interior is dominated by a next-generation dash-board, the instrument panel is located on a TFT-LCD screen. There is another screen dedicated to the navigation system and the standard-fit multimedia system.

Other notable features include: Bluetooth, iPod interface, real time traffic system and leather upholstery. Optional features are: rear and front packing sensors, heated power seats, upgraded sound system and multifunction steering wheel.

Safety & Reliability

This high performance car is fitted with several safety features, to enhance the safety of the occupants during a ride. Standard safety features include: driver and passenger airbags, side head airbag and side airbag, 4-wheel disc brakes, knee airbags, traction and stability control, and rear drum brakes.

The reliability is backed by a 3 -year or unlimited mileage warranty. Lamborghini also offers road assistance and warranty for the engine during the same period.

Pros

  • Remarkable visual presence
  • Surprisingly spacious cabin
  • Vicious acceleration
  • Sublime steering
  • Powerful V12 engine & great handling
  • Attractive interior

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Limited headroom for tall drivers.
  • Poor outward visibility.
  • Limited cargo space.

It is rather difficult to summarize the driving experience of the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador which is ranked the overall best exotic sports car. All features are above par, from the sporty exterior to the high performing powertrain.

What others say:

“The 2012 Lamborghini Aventador replaces the Murcielago as the company's flagship sports car.”Consumer Guide

“The Lamborghini Aventador is Lamborghini’s new flagship supercar powered by a 700-horsepower 6.5-liter V12 engine mated with Lamborghini’s innovative ISR transmission.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“There is nothing subtle about the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador and that description includes the ride. Underpinned by a Formula One-style racing suspension, the Aventador's shock absorbers are rock hard”KBB

“Vicious acceleration; sublime steering; incredible handling; unmatched visual presence; surprisingly spacious cabin…Ride can be intolerable at times; poor outward visibility; tough to maneuver in tight places; limited cargo space.”Edmunds