Believe it or not, the Lamborghini Aventador is getting old. The supercar was first revealed more than six years ago, and while its razor-edged design has aged incredibly well, even the heavily-tanned, surgically-enhanced Sunbelt playboys who make up the Lamborghini buyer stereotype need their supercars updated from time to time.
Enter: the new Lamborghini Aventador S, a tuned-up, revitalized version of Sant’Agata’s well-known supercar.
The big news, as always, is the naturally-aspirated V-12 located amidships. For Aventador S duty, the 6.5-liter unit has been cranked up to 730 horsepower, thanks to changes such as a higher red line of 8,500 rpm and revised variable valve timing. Unfortunately for those of us with necks, the Aventador S still uses a sequential manual gearbox, instead of the dual-clutch ‘box found in pretty much every other supercar nowadays. Even so, the Aventador S can blast from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds, and will eventually top out at 217 mph.
More importantly for the sheiks and showoffs doing triple-digit speeds on the highway, however, is the added stability brought about by the revised aerodynamics. The longer front splitter and more aggressive nose aren’t there just for appearances; they help improve the air flow around the front wheels, and send more air to the engine and radiators. Out back, vertical strakes off the diffuser lessen the drag. The spoiler can volley between three different positions, improving rear downforce over the outgoing Aventador by between 50 and 300 percent, depending on the angle of attack.
Handling has been improved with the addition of the four-wheel-steering system first seen on the Lamborghini Centenario. Like many such systems, the 4WS setup angles the rear wheels in the opposite direction as the fronts to tighten the turning radius; at higher speeds, the rears turn in the same direction as the front wheels, to enhance stability.
The electronics systems have been updated as well, with the stability control receiving a refresh that factors in the new four-wheel-steering, allowing it to respond to sleep amongst any of the four driven wheels faster and more accurately. And in a move so appropriate we’re amazed Lambo waited this long to do it, the driving mode selector now includes a custom option known as EGO.
The engine should sound even sweeter while hauling ass across those Miami causeways, thanks to a lightweight new exhaust system that ends in a trio of pipes, which should attract a few wealthy triophiles who’ve been desperately hanging onto their Ferrari 458s.
The Aventador S goes on sale this spring; here in the United States, prices start at $421,350. If you’re currently thinking about all the other cars you could buy for that money, well, this Lamborghini probably isn’t for you.