The Aventador is the flagship coupe (or roadster) in the Lamborghini stable. Only one powertrain exists: a 6.5-liter, 691-hp V-12 mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The Aventador is brutally powerful and obscenely flamboyant, but it’s also surprisingly agile for its size, making it one of the most drivable Lamborghinis ever produced. However, simply because it’s drivable doesn’t make it easy to drive—and therein lies its appeal.
Lambo says its aerodynamicists strove to improve both downforce and aerodynamic efficiency without increasing drag. Great success: Downforce is indeed up by a claimed 170 percent, and aero efficiency has been increased by 150 percent. The fact that the SV looks like something from the postapocalyptic Thunderdome is a happy coincidence.
Lamborghini did not leave the interior alone, either. Black microsuede covers most surfaces, and Y-shaped yellow inserts are found on the racing-style seats. The Superveloce also becomes the first production car to feature a soft new carbon-fiber-based fabric that Lambo calls “Carbon Skin”; it’s used for the headliner and in a few other small places in the cockpit. The TFT gauges also have been redesigned, with yellow as the dominant color, the shift indicator in light blue, and a g-force meter occupying the lower part of the cluster.