2018 Lamborghini Aventador First Drive

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The 2018 Lamborghini Aventador offers outstanding style and technology both inside and out. See interior & exterior photos. 2018 Lamborghini Aventador New features complemented by a lower starting price and streamlined packages. The mid-size 2018 Lamborghini Aventador offers a complete lineup with a wide variety of finishes and features, two conventional engines.

A funny thing happened in 2015: Lamborghini suddenly got serious about making its big, 12-cylinder flagship go around a corner, not a traditional strength of such models.

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Yes, the Aventador has had racy inboard, pushrod suspension from day one, but like so many previous V-12 Lamborghinis, it was still far better at going fast in a straight line than a curved one. That changed with the Aventador SV and was quickly followed by the Aventador-based Centenario. My fervent hope was that this would be a permanent change in philosophy, and having now experienced the Aventador S, I can happily report the revolution lives.

The Aventador S’ improved handling is primarily a result of a rear steering system that can turn the rear wheels up to 1.5 degrees in-phase with the front wheels for better high-speed cornering or up to three degrees opposite the front wheels for better low-speed cornering. Lamborghini claims this has the same effect as lengthening the wheelbase 28.6 inches at high speeds for better stability or shortening it 19.7 inches at low speeds to improve the turning circle. In either direction, the wheels adjust in 5 milliseconds, so quickly as to be completely imperceptible. The system works at all speeds right up to the car’s 218-plus mph drag-limited top speed.

To show off the improvement, Lamborghini arranged a simple slalom test pitting the outgoing Aventador against the new Aventador S. The difference is palpable. With rear steer and a quicker steering ratio, the S changes direction much more willingly and with less effort. The effect is most greatly felt in the rear end, which feels heavy and intractable on the old car. On the new car, the weight behind the driver transfers much more quickly, It feels like the rear end is working with the front rather than being dragged along around the corner. On the whole, the system has the effect of making the rear end feel hundreds of pounds lighter, despite the fact it weighs exactly the same. The roughly 13 pounds added by the rear steer hardware has been canceled by a new exhaust system that saves roughly the same amount of weight and sounds better. A standard, U.S.-spec Aventador weighs about 4,100 pounds.

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Other improvements to the car’s behavior come from a revised aerodynamic package, which features a more aggressive front splitter, better control of airflow around the sides and beneath the car, and an active rear wing with three positions. In total, they improve downforce by a claimed 130 percent. Lamborghini also says it has improved the trade-off between drag and downforce by 50 percent. Also on the docket: an extra 40 horsepower for a total of 730 hp on the American scale with all of it on the top end, magnetorheological dampers with new software, new rear tires with stiffer sidewalls designed to withstand the additional forces generated by the rear steer, new all-wheel-drive calibration software, and new software for the seven-speed, single-clutch, automated manual transmission,. There’s also an EGO (yes, seriously) driving mode, which gives you the long overdue ability to make individual changes to the steering, dampers, and powertrain rather than stick to the three preset modes of Strada (street), Sport, and Corsa (race).

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