£264,035 - £329,555 Price range
The Lamborghini Aventador is an ultra-modern Italian supercar, built using a super-stiff carbon composite tub, F1-inspired suspension, and a big, bad-tempered brute of an engine.
Critics say it’s streets ahead of Lamborghinis of old, feeling modern and user-friendly, for which we can thank Audi. The quality is much better too, with sturdy switchgear and a decent driving position.
It’s still bonkers though, being brutally fast and having an impossibly hard ride; this is a proper, old-school supercar that is barely tamed by modern electronics.
You climb in through Lamborghini’s trademark scissor doors into a “first-rate” cabin. It’s much more comfortable than Lambos of old yet retains a slightly-imposing feel to remind you why it costs so much.
A lot of the switchgear is from Audi, which isn’t a bad thing, and the dashboard binnacle can be configured to show speed or revs, which splits opinions; some love it and some hate it.
The boot isn’t huge – it’ll take a couple of small bags – and there is hardly anywhere to store bits and bobs in the cabin. As if you’d care…
The Aventador is an easier car to drive than any of its older siblings, offering incredible traction (thanks to that four-wheel drive), handling, and road holding. Words like ‘sensational’ and ‘monstrous’ are used a lot, as well as ‘composure’, ‘friendly’ and ‘astonishing.’ Oh, and they all say that it does have a very firm ride.
It would be unthinkable that a car that looks like the Aventador would be anything other than captivating to drive, and those that are lucky enough to have the chance won’t be disappointed. However, even allowing for the fact that this is an all-out sports car, the ride is so hard, especially at low speeds, that it does start to become an issue after a while.
The brakes – carbon-ceramic, obviously – are powerful and fade-free and the steering is light and precise, so it’s a conundrum; properly scary, but easy to drive. Nice.
You just get the one engine, but what an engine it is; 6.5-litres of Italian V12 madness, pumping out 691hp and 509lb ft of torque.
It’ll hit 60mph in a brutal 2.9 seconds, 124mph in 8.9, and go on to a top speed of 217mph. It makes all the right noises too, bellowing like the bull that the Aventador was named after.
It drinks petrol like it is going out of fashion (which I suppose it is…) and whilst they claim it’ll do 13mpg – it won’t, ever. In fact, it would be some achievement to drive this in any way that would keep a smile on your face and get the economy beyond single figures.
Nope, it really isn’t very good value for money at all. But you don’t care, do you? Nor do Lamborghini, because they’re selling them faster than they can make them and that tells you everything you need to know about this car.
If you want performance that delivers similar numbers to the Aventador for a third of the price, you can always go for a new Corvette Z06 or Nissan GT-R. The justification for the Aventador’s astronomical list price is the badge exclusivity. Lamborghini is exotic motoring royalty, and that’s what you are paying for.
The Aventador is the best Lamborghini ever made, according to the experts. It’s fast, civilised, and wonderfully bonkers.
There are three dynamic modes: Strada, which is the car’s impression of a comfort setting; Corsa, which is only appropriate for those with spines hewn from granite; and Sport, which is the Goldilocks’ middle ground.
If you like your supercars sophisticated and ultra-efficient then the McLaren MP4-12C is almost as capable – and significantly cheaper. Many reviewers still prefer the drama and the prestige of the Ferrari 458 Italia though.