There has to be some mad scientist (read: “crazy smart person”) out there that has calculated the radar cross section of the new Lamborghini Aventador, because I think we’ve all been wondering what has replaced the F-117 Nighthawk.
Apparently Lamborghini just let the cat out of the bag.
The latest bull out of Sant’Agata is the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. The Aventador is the successor to the Murcielago, and comes rightfully equipped with a 700 hp V12 mated to a 7-speed Haldex based all wheel drive system that makes the jaunt from 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds. In other words, when you step on the gas, make sure your head is firmly planted in the headrest, because the Aventador will snap it back. If not, your chiropractor will thank you for the business.
The V12 powerplant has been completely redesigned from the ground up. The engineers at Lamborghini started with a piece of paper, a pencil, and the following “rules” for the redesign: deliver more power, be smaller & lighter with a lower center of gravity, and consume less fuel with less emissions. No problem…right?
The motor starts off with a classic 60 degree cylinder bank angle and a crankcase made from an aluminum-silicon alloy. Displacement is set at 6.5L and has a short stroke which is great for high-revving and lower internal friction. The two cylinder heads are also made of an aluminum-silicon alloy and save a tremendous amount of weight. The valves are of course electronically controlled, but this isn’t your old B18 VTEC motor…this is a thing of beauty!
The massive V12 puts out 700 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque, and apparently the engine acoustics have a similar affect on “the ladies” as 10 shots of tequila do at happy hour on a Friday afternoon.
Another area where the Lamborghini engineers shined when designing the Aventador is in the weight reduction department. The Aventador weighs in at just under 3500 lbs, which is about 500 lbs lighter than it’s predecessor. They achieved this by developing a monocoque passenger compartment, with assistance from Boeing, that’s made out of reinforced carbon-fiber and weighs in at a trim 324 lbs. The aluminum front & rear frames are connected via rigid aluminum sub-frames, and forms the chassis that comes equipped with a double wishbone suspension system that is also made entirely from aluminum for yet another weight saving measure.
The phrase, “Form Follows Function“, was the number 1 rule when designing the exterior shell of the Aventador, and the overall layout focuses heavily on the mid-engine concept and puts emphasis on the power of the rear axle.
From first glance, you can see that a lot of the design cues for the Aventador came from the Reventon, however, the color pallette for the Aventador will be a bit more diverse…thank God!
Epically proportioned, the Aventador is 188.19 inches long, by 88.98 inches wide, and is just a tad bit taller than your average Oompah Loompah at 44.72 inches tall. The doors also open upward (as they SHOULD) on the Aventador – unlike the bastard step-child of Lamborghini’s. I’m giving you the stink-eye Gallardo…you should be ashamed.
All of the aerodynamic elements to ensure optimum airflow for stability and cooling of the Aventador are integrated in to the body shell from the front spoiler to the rear diffuser. The electronically controlled rear spoiler, which at rest lies flush with the rear of the vehicle, will deploy at a 4 or 11 degree angle depending on the situation (high speed stability or mid-range cornering) as determined by the car.
Following the line from the front fender to the rear sheds light on massive side intakes that ensure the V12 powerplant is getting the maximum volume of cooling air possible. Engine air intakes are located right at the C-pillar to feed the hungry V12 as throttle input increases. In the event that the Aventador needs a bit more air, additional channels in the rear wheel arches open up automatically based on cooling requirements.
The rear of the Aventador displays a mighty hexagonal tail pipe mounted dead center that’s integrated into the very prominent lower diffuser, and the LED tail lights bring together the rear end to give off that “you’re always going to be seeing these, so they might as well be fierce and beautiful” look that I’m sure the designers were going for.
I’ve got to give two thumbs up for the entire team at Lamborghini that worked on the Aventador. From the sharp edged lines, lightweight components, powerful V12, and the squatty & muscular stature, this car is nothing less than an Italian super car, and apparently, per Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Lamborghini Automobili, “The Aventador is a jump of two generations in terms of design and technology”. Honestly, I’m going to have to go ahead and agree with him, and I’m a diehard Ferrari fan!
So who can step up to the plate and top the Aventador? Lamborghini just raised the bar.