The fastest Lamborghini ever - the Aventador LP700-4
TODAY I am featuring Lamborghini's fastest and most powerful production car ever, the 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.
The 6.5-litre, 48-valve 12-cylinder engine sits in the rear of the car, and it can produce up to an astonishing 515 kilowatts (700 horsepower) at 8250rpm and 690 Newton metres of torque (509 pound-feet of torque) at 5500rpm.
This makes the Aventador 22 kilowatts (8%) more powerful than the car it replaces, the Murcielago LP670-4 SV.
Connected to the V12 engine is a seven-speed ISR automated-manual transmission. This gearbox is actually a single clutch system, unlike most new supercars that feature a dual-clutch system.
This may make you think that this ISR transmission would shift much slower than a double-clutch gearbox, but you would be wrong. It is actually one of the fastest shifting transmissions available in a road car, with a time of just 50 milliseconds (0.050 seconds), which is quicker than the blink of an eye.
The Aventador LP700-4 also has a dry weight of just 1575 kilograms, which is quite light if you consider the sheer size of the car.
The design is based around a monocoque chassis, which is molded with a single piece of carbon fibre. It reduces weight and also gains in strength and stiffness.
All of these figures come together to allow the Aventador to launch from 0-100 kilometres per hour (0-62 miles per hour) in just 2.9 seconds, and it will keep accelerating until it reaches its top speed of 350 kilometres per hour (217 miles per hour).
Although, when various car reviewers tested the 0-100 kilometre per hour acceleration time, they achieved a time of 2.8 seconds, 0.1 of a second slower than the official time from Lamborghini themselves.
Lamborghini started designing the Aventador in 2007 to replace the 10-year old Murcielago at the beginning of 2011. The final Murcielago was the LP670-4 SV, or SuperVeloce, which was classed as the ultimate Lamborghini... until the Aventador came along.
When they were designing the exterior, they wanted to create a futuristic, modern car while still maintaining characteristics from iconic Lamborghini's such as the Miura, Countach, Diablo and the Murcielago. What all these cars have in common is they are built with the '0Y', a concept that builds the car with a single line. You can see this in the Aventador, if you look from the nose of the car to the rear, it looks like a single arched line.
You can currently buy this exact 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 from Lamborghini Brisbane for $830,618.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com