Lamborghini Aventador Review

The Lamborghini Aventador is one of the most outrageous cars on sale, both in terms of how it looks and how it drives, but newer supercars have surpassed it in terms of technology

9/10
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This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car

What's good

  • Looks gorgeous
  • Stunning performance
  • Incredible high-speed grip

What's not so good

  • Overly firm at low speeds
  • Tricky to get in and out
  • Jerky gearbox

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Overall verdict

The Lamborghini Aventador is one of the most outrageous cars on sale, both in terms of how it looks and how it drives, but newer supercars have surpassed it in terms of technology

The Lamborghini Aventador is one of the wildest supercars you can buy. In fact, it looks and sounds unlike anything you’ll see this side of a big-budget sci-fi flick.

It might look like something Darth Vader would pilot on his days off, but under the Lamborghini Aventador’s lairy carbon fibre skin sits some rather old-fashioned technology. Rather than use power-boosting turbochargers or a clever hybrid system like you’ll find in a Koenigsegg, its 6.5-litre V12 engine relies on raw size to pump out 740hp.

Similarly, the Lamborghini Aventador’s gearbox isn’t a fancy double-clutch unit like the ones you get in a Ferrari or McLaren. Instead, you get a smaller, lighter robotised manual unit. Essentially, it’s a conventional manual ‘box with hydraulic levers doing the job of your left hand. The upside is that there’s no clutch to worry about and gear changes happen faster than you can blink, but it’s quite jerky at slow speeds.

Not that you’ll care about that, though. More likely, you’ll be interested in the fact the Lamborghini Aventador will sprint from 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds – which heppens to be exactly the same as a McLaren 720S and aptly named Ferrari 812 Superfast. The Aventador’s grippy four-wheel-drive system and vast tyres mean it can conjure up traction in slippery conditions, too, and it’s surprisingly easy to see out of – for a ground-hugging supercar, at least.

Unlike almost every other supercar on sale, the Lamborghini’s engine is naturally aspirated. This helps it sound absolutely incredible

Mat Watson
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All this means the Lamborghini Aventador isn’t particularly intimidating to drive. All the switches and buttons inside are organised relatively sensibly and the central touchscreen infotainment system and digital driver’s display are similar to those you’ll find in a high-spec Audi.

Unfortunately, more befitting of the Lamborghini Aventador’s uncompromising looks is its very firm suspension. Unlike the Ferrari 812 Superfast and McLaren 720S, this isn’t a car you’ll want to drive across Europe.

That being said, if you’re looking for a stunning-looking weekend supercar that’s searingly fast yet relatively easy to drive, the Lamborghini Aventador is one of the best in the business.