Geneva motor show: Lamborghini Aventador


After months of build-up Lamborghini finally revealed its replacement for the Murcielago last night, and the 217mph Aventador LP700-4 certainly lived up to the hype.

Named, fittingly, after a Spanish fighting bull, the Italian hypercar gets an all-new V12 engine mated to a seven-speed robotised manual, a carbon fibre tub and F1-style pushrod suspension.

That much we already knew, but along with the Aventador's unveiling came all the facts and figures - and they make for eye-opening reading.

Thanks in part to that carbon fibre tub - which weighs just 147.5kg - the new Lamborghini tips the scales at just 1575kg, despite also including four-wheel-drive.

The low kerbweight, and the 691bhp produced by the dry-sumped twelve-cylinder engine, means the Aventador will crack 62mph in just 2.9 seconds.

The power is delivered through a transmission which Lamborghini has dubbed ISR thanks to its use of Independent Shifting Rods which offer much quicker gear shifts than the Murcielago's gearbox despite still only using a single clutch.

So proud is the manufacturer of its achievements with the new car that Stephan Winkelmann described it 'a jump of two generations in terms of design and technology'.

The brand's customers will have to dig deep to replace their Murcielago with its cutting edge successor - the Aventador will cost from £242,280 in the UK.

Geneva Motor Show 2011

Geneva Motor Show 2011