I know this car, I’ve known it for a while in fact. Two years ago Lamborghini invited me to Nardo to have a go in a very early prototype. They wanted to know what I thought of it, basically. And I thought it was incredible, even then.
Now they’ve made it better still. Much better still. And the most impressive thing of all, for me, is the structural integrity of the car; and you only ever get that feeling from a car that has a carbonfibre monocoque at its core.
On road or track, the Aventador just feels so rigid and pure in its responses. You can feel the benefits of that tub from just about everything it does dynamically; the laser-like precision with which it steers, and turns in; the fundamental lack of roll, pitch or dive it suffers from – be that in a quick or slow corner, or under hard acceleration and braking.
There is, in the end, no substitute for having a core structure that’s this stiff, this correct (or this expensive). And in a round about kind of way, that’s why the Aventador doesn’t have a dual clutch gearbox – because it would have eaten into the budget that was otherwise earmarked ‘carbonfibre tub.’
Thus, although the gearshift of this car isn’t anywhere near as sharp as it is in a Ferrari 458 or McLaren MP4-12C, I’m glad Lamborghini spent the money on the tub; because it’s what defines the driving experience. It’s the centre point from which all other elements of the car (including a proper on-board pushrod suspension system) can then grow.