May started with the biggest and most exciting supercar of the year: the Lamborghini Aventador. Steve Sutcliffe put the £242,280 range-topping Raging Bull through its paces and found that, with its 690bhp 6.5-litre V12 and outrageous looks, the Aventador was “a vastly better and more grown-up car than the Murciélago in every way imaginable, not to mention far quicker”, even if it didn’t quite capture the same level of charisma as its unforgiving but scintillating predecessor.
There was more exciting news for supercar enthusiasts when Jaguar announced that its 1000bhp, plug in hybrid C-X75 supercar was to make production. The C-X75 would come about with the aid of the Williams F1 team, cost £700,000, cover 0-60mph in under 3.0sec and go on to a top speed of at least 200mph.
Yet more exotica hit the headlines as we revealed that McLaren was planning a 799bhp F1 replacement. Scheduled for a 2014 launch, the ‘Mega Mac’ was predicted to use a 5.0-litre V8 and carbonfibre chassis in order to substantially better the Bugatti Veyron’s 0-200mph time of 22sec.
To complete a month of supercar mania, Aston announced that it would produce a limited run of its stunning Zagato-bodied V12 Vantages for road and race use, priced at about £200,000.