Lamborghini is back at the Nürburgring, testing the facelifted version of the mighty Aventador LP700-4. Spotted hammering around the fabled track and surrounding roads, the prototype is much more aggressive in its styling. Which is really kicking things up a notch given the current Aventador is hardly a shrinking violet.

The front is almost completely redesigned with angrier air vents and scoops echoing the brutal Aventador LP750-4 Supervelocé and the special-edition Centenario. The yawning scoops on the fascia are more angular than before giving the car a decidedly furious maw. Check out the gallery if you haven't already!

Out back there are several alterations to the design as well. The air vents below the taillights have been reshaped and the exhaust pipe now has a new design with three integrated tips. The most prominent difference though is the frankly frightening rear diffuser that could double up as a medieval torture device. This also means improved aerodynamics, which, along with the extra dollop of power, should yield a marginally quicker 0-100kph time and a higher top speed than the current car’s 2.9sec and 354kph!

While there is no news on mechanical changes, the 2017 iteration is expected to get a 10- to 20 horsepower boost. Meanwhile, some of the SV’s magic might also trickle down into the upcoming model. The adaptive dampers being adapted from the halo model are a likely option, while the ISR gearbox may also receive some electronic tweakery for smoother operation at low speeds and quicker shifts at full chat.

Changes to the interior are also expected.

Launched in 2011, the Aventador has been one of Lamborghini’s fastest-selling models and the mid-life update should renew interest in what is undoubtedly one of the most striking supercars on sale today.

The updated Aventador, likely to be dubbed LP720-4, should make its debut early next year and go on sale soon thereafter.