Unlike the Murciélago, which was a highly evolved Diablo, the Aventador is entirely new, so Lamborghini has taken the opportunity to sit down and draw up what appears to be the dream supercar specification. Full carbonfibre monocoque? Check. Clean-sheet 6.5-litre V12 motor? What else? Race-derived pushrod suspension? Natch.

But it wouldn’t be a Lamborghini without looks as distracting to motorists as an Eva Herzigova Wonderbra billboard. Design in-house by Lamborghini Centro Stile, its shape alone is all that some will need to be convinced it’s a good place to park a quarter of a million readies. It includes a deployable rear spoiler and also huge cooling vents that emerge from its flanks when the variably valve timed, quad-cam, 48-valve motor threatens to overheat.

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The car’s transparent engine cover looks incredibly cool, as it should for the £5000-odd it costs

The gearbox is a robotised seven-speed manual with, says Lamborghini, the quickest shift ever to be achieved from such a configuration. The company says it chose it over a dual-clutch automatic system like that now favoured by Ferrari because it is both lighter and more compact. There is no three-pedal option.

Power flows through the gearbox to all four corners of the car in a ratio governed by a central Haldex coupling. There’s an electronically controlled differential at the front and a mechanically locking item between the rear wheels.

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