These days, most carmakers are downsizing and turbocharging their engines to create more power or testing out hybrid-electric drive systems for the sake of fuel efficiency but Lamborghini is sticking to tradition; the new Aventador S goes about creating its 730 horses in a very old-school way, and we love it.
The 6.5-litre V12 is still naturally aspirated but has been poked and prodded and thanks to optimised valve timing it now produce 39 more horses than the previous model (it had 691 horses) and 690Nm of torque. The Lambo’s redline has been increased to 8,500rpm (it used to be 8,350rpm) and it can hit 0-100kph in just 2.9 seconds and will keep going until it hits its top speed of 350kph. All the power is sent to all four corners via a seven-speed automatic but as much as 90 per cent of the torque can be sent to the rear via the all-wheel drive system when the Aventador S is in Sport mode. That’s not all – this one also gets four-wheel steering, and it’s the first time a production Lambo has got that. The rear axle features two separate actuators with five-millisecond-quick adjustments that respond to the driver’s steering input and this should certainly improve handling. The suspension has also been updated with revised kinematics while the ESC has also been recalibrated too. It has four drive modes to choose from (Sport, Strada, Corsa and Ego - the latter is the individual setting) while stopping power comes from carbon ceramic brakes that measure 400mm up front and 380mm at the back and it rides on specially developed and extra sticky Pirelli P Zeros tyres.
As for the aesthetics, it features a new nose with a bigger front splitter, two new air ducts in the front bumper, a new black rear diffuser with fins, and the three single exit exhausts tips. This one has 130 per cent more front downforce than the regular Aventador too.
The cabin gets a new TFT digital dash, Apple CarPlay as standard and if you want, you can spec a telemetry system to measure lap times, trip data etc.