The Lamborghini Aventador S: Stepping Its Game Up

The Lamborghini Aventador, since its production started around five years ago, has embodied many of the characteristics that people love about Lamborghinis. It’s fast, loud, brutal, and fills up a bedroom poster better than pretty much anything else on the planet. Its low, wide, angular body and screaming V12 make it one formidable supercar, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. Lamborghinis have been criticized in recent years for their understeering tendencies at the limit, as well as for the Aventador’s savage single-clutch transmission. While the Aventador SV was introduced as a more hardcore, track-focused version of the beast, we have not seen a proper facelift of the road-focused car yet. Until now, that is. Allow me to introduce you to the Aventador S.

Before I get into the details about the car, I’d first like to point out that they didn’t announce this car as the “Aventador LP740-4 S Coupe,” but rather the “Aventador S.” Given Lamborghini’s current naming conventions, it’s nice to see a car that doesn’t sound like it’s named after page 37 of the owner’s manual. It’s quicker and easier this way, and I like the simplicity. This naming simplicity was not carried over to the design, however, as the Aventador S is much more angular than its predecessor. The entire car has been reworked, with several areas in particular standing out. The aggressive front bumper is completely new, while the side intakes have been revised for better cooling. Pronounced intakes over the rear wheels feed more cool air to the engine, while the engine’s exhaust is fed out of pipes very reminiscent of the Centenario hypercar. The design not only looks good, but is also functional. Downforce has been increased by a claimed 130% over the outgoing coupe, which will help the car stay planted at high speeds.

The Aventador S is powered by the same 6.5 liter, naturally aspirated V12 as before. The massive engine has now been tuned up to 730 horsepower, and also produces 507 lb ft of torque. This power is sent to all four wheels through the same seven-speed, single-clutch transmission as before. What results is a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph. This may not sound like a massive improvement over the previous model, but the Aventador S was more focused on cornering dynamics than outright speed. Besides, it’s not like most Aventador owners hop out of their 700 horsepower supercar thinking they need more power.

The major selling point of the Aventador S over the outgoing model is the addition of rear-wheel steering. With a big car such as this, the ability to angle the rear wheels slightly gives great benefits to handling. At low speeds, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels to essentially shorten the wheelbase. This means low-speed maneuvering through cities and valet lots has become noticeably easier. At high speeds, the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels to increase stability and make short work of quick Autobahn lane changes. While the car’s modest power increase may not result in an astonishing change of pace on the road, I’d reckon the combination of rear-wheel steering and higher downforce will do wonders on track. The Aventador S will begin production soon, and will demand a (relatively) small premium over the current Aventador coupe. For all things Lamborghini, as well as other supercar reveals, make sure to stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.