Lamborghini is making a “two-generation leap” with the Aventador LP700-4, its new V12 range-topper launched at today’s Geneva motor show.
The new supercar promises savings in weight, increases in power, greater efficiency and more performance than its successor, the long-serving Murciélago. Its 6.5-litre, dry-sumped V12 has eight per cent more grunt, at 691bhp — enough for the 1575kg, four-wheel-drive Aventador to reach 62mph in 2.9sec and a top speed of 217mph. But CO2 emissions fall by around 20 per cent compared with a Murciélago’s, at 398g/km.
Named after a bull that fought in Spain in 1993, the Aventador makes extensive use of carbonfibre in its construction, including a central tub that weighs just 147.5kg. The car’s technical set-up includes aluminium double wishbone suspension with a pushrod spring and damper concept, similar to that adopted by many Formula 1 teams, and a new seven-speed, single-clutch, robotised manual transmission.
Called ISR and developed by Lamborghini and Graziano, the new gearbox uses ‘Independent Shifting Rods’ to actuate the shifting sleeves. There’s still just one clutch, but Lamborghini claims that because the shifting process can run almost in parallel, the shift times are superior to those of dual-clutch systems.
The unit can shift around 40 per cent quicker than the old single-clutch robotised transmission (e-gear) in the Gallardo, but despite its complex arrangement it weighs just 70kg.
ISR will offer three ‘manual’ modes: comfort-oriented Strada, the quicker Sport and the full-blown Corsa, which also includes launch control. There are also two automatic modes.