First Drive: Lamborghini Aventador S


The original Aventador was launched in 2011, so it's about time it received an update.

Fortunately, Lamborghini has given us that update in the form of the new Aventador S.
But with the previous model being one of Lamborghini's most successful cars ever, is the Aventador S up to scratch? AOL Cars went to find out.

What is it?

The Aventador S is a new-and-improved version of the car that came out six years ago. The supercar's new features include four-wheel steering and upgraded software, making it sharper to drive.

It also has 'Ego' mode, which gives the option to customise the separate driving modes, meaning the driver can set the car up just how they want it.

What's under the bonnet?

Fortunately, the Aventador S still has that iconic 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 from the original car.

However, 40bhp has been added, meaning the engine now puts out a staggering 730bhp and 690Nm of torque, which is channelled through all four wheels via a single-clutch automatic gearbox.

It only takes 2.7 seconds to do 0-60mph and the ferocious acceleration continues until the Italian monster hits 217mph.

What's the spec like?

The Aventador S is not a car for those on a tight budget – it costs more than £270,000. However, your money doesn't go to waste.

That V12 engine is a mechanical masterpiece and the car's styling is hugely impressive, standing out in the company of nearly any other vehicle.

Lamborghini Aventador S

Lamborghini Aventador S

Any rivals?

The Ferrari F12 and Noble M600 are both competitors for the Italian bull. The Lamborghini is definitely the most outlandish of the three to look at, while the British-made M600 offers a rawer experience.

What's it like to drive?

The first Aventador was a brute of a car, having very little finesse when it comes to dynamics or driving.

The same cannot be said for the S, which has much more delicate handling. The car is capable of sending up to 90 per cent of its drive to the rear wheels and feels far more adjustable than its predecessor.

Taking a corner too hard causes understeer, but planting the throttle will make it quickly compensate with a lot of oversteer.

In all-out Corsa mode, the V12 is addictively brutal, insatiably revving out and pulling throughout the range. This is similar to the first Aventador, except much more refined. The car's ride is also special – firm, but composed.

The gearbox makes sense on the track, but it's far too jerky on the road and feels out of date in comparison to a modern dual-clutch.

AOL Cars Verdict

There's no doubt that the Aventador needed updating for 2017 - and luckily, the S brings with it a host of changes that bring it closer into line with more dynamic rivals.

There remain a few sticking points - the brakes to name one - but in reality, the Aventador S is still a truly spectacular event to both drive and behold.

The Knowledge:

Power (bhp): 730bhp
Torque (Nm): 690Nm
Max speed (mph): 217mph
0-60mph: 2.7 seconds
MPG: 16.7mpg
Emissions (g/km): 394g/km
Price: £225,995

Written by Jack Evans