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Mike Stevens | Mar 1, 2011

LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR

After countless spy photos, teaser images and online leaks, the successor to the Lamborghini Murcielago's crown has been revealed: meet the Aventador.

Its full name is the Aventador LP 700-4, the first part of its name coming from a famous fighting bull that won the Trofeo de la Peña La Madroñera in 1993 for its "outstanding courage."

As with all Lamborghinis, the new supercar also gets a technical element to its name: LP 700-4 represents its 700 horsepower output and four-wheel-drive layout.

The Aventador is powered by Lamborghini's new V12 engine, producing 525kW (700hp) and 690Nm of torque - an increase of around 30kW and 30Nm over its predecessor.

Helping to make the most of that power is a carbon-fibre tub and body developed in partnership with Boeing, its stiffness calculated at 35,000Nm per degree of deflection - besting the Koenigsegg CCR (28,100Nm), the Ferrari F50 (34,600Nm) and the Murcielago (20,000Nm).

Combined with a seven-speed ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) transmission - the first to be used with a V12 engine - the Aventador rockets to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds, making it 0.3 seconds quicker than the most powerful model offered in the Murcielago line.

Top speed is listed at 350km/h.

Power is sent to all four wheels through a Haldex full-time electronic all-wheel-drive system, featuring a self-locking rear differential and an ESP-controlled front differential. Three driving modes are available: comfort-focused Strada, Sport, and track-ready Corsa.

As promised, new lightweight construction practices have brought the LP 700-4 down to 1575kg, compared to the Murcielago's 1650kg.

The numbers also show that the new Lambo hero car is larger in almost every direction, measuring 4780mm long, 2030mm wide and 1136mm tall. Its wheelbase is also longer, measuring 2700mm to the Murcielago's 2664mm.

Holding up each corner are 20-inch wheels at the back, wrapped in 335/30 tyres and 19-inch wheels at the front, shod with 255/35 tyres. Braking is managed by 16-inch discs at the front with six-piston calipers, and 15-inch rear discs gripped by four-piston calipers.

Among the LP 700-4's options will be a carbon-fibre engine cover, coloured calipers and suspension springs, along with a range of wheel designs.

While Australian details have yet to be revealed, international pricing can be seen below.

UK: GBP 201.900 (suggested retail price taxes excluded) (AU$322,392 - although expect it to cost considerably more in Australia)
Europe: € 255.000 (suggested retail price taxes excluded)
USA: 379.700 USD (suggested retail price - GGT included)
China: RMB 6.270.000,00 (suggested retail price taxes included)
Japan: YEN 39.690.000,00 (suggested retail price taxes included)

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