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Lamborghini Aventador vs Lexus LFA (2011) video

The latest December 2011 issue of CAR includes an epic supercar twin test: Lamborghini Aventador vs Lexus LFA. Jethro Bovindon referees, and you can watch some quick video clips here. Plus road test editor Ben Pulman gives his second opinion below. Click here for a digital preview of the new issue of CAR 

When presented with this £600k pair 458s and 12Cs suddenly look a little limp. Okay, the LFA has /only/ 552bhp, but it’s so unlike any Lexus that’s ever gone before: there’s no GS or LS slop or slack anywhere; the steering and brakes are brilliant; and it’s powered by the best engine this side of Paul Rosche’s masterpiece in the back of a McLaren F1.

Speaking of F1, the LFA’s 4.8 wails like a true Formula One V10 too; at first you’ll change up 6000rpm, then 7000rpm, then 8000rpm, then 8500, then 8600rpm, and then eventually you’ll just pin it until the digital dial flings its needle round to 9000rpm, the whole dashboard flashes red and you won’t know whether it’s you or the engine screaming. Utterly glorious and completely addictive.  We averaged 6.7mpg.

That an LFA with the special Nürburgring Package has lapped the Nordschleife in a record-breaking 7:14, and that the Aventador feels (and is) much faster on the road tells you just how ridiculously quick Lambo’s latest and greatest is. It’s got 139bhp more than the Lexus. 139bhp! That’s an extra Suzuki Swift Sport. It’s a monster, but with four-wheel drive traction you can nail that throttle and access all 691bhp almost anywhere. Hence the reason we averaged 5.6mpg.

It’s a big bugger though. Not heavy, but wide, with sloping A-pillars that block your view into corners, while the carbon brakes lack the LFA’s sublime feel, and the 6.5-litre V12 feels like it’s trying to snap the chassis and break gearbox if you use the Corsa shift mode. And if you’ve driven a Murcielago SV (forever etched in my memory as /the/ definition of a supercar) you might find it a little sanitised.

Actually, that’s ridiculous. Wherever we went the usually sniffy French public went mad for it – a bright orange Lambo with scissor doors is still the epitome of a supercar. But if there’s an LFA in your garage then you’re a connoisseur, rejoicing in its rarity and understated looks, and happy in the knowledge that you own one of the world’s best ever cars. Please, drive it everyday and do justice to the decade-long gestation.

 

 

 

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michaelevans60

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michaelevans60 says

RE: Lamborghini Aventador vs Lexus LFA (2011): a second opinion

er, stormypetrol - chill.  If you are overseas and checking in on the car website all credit to you and your diversity, there are no non UK magazines that I look at.

It's also worth considering that the Nissans widely adopted in the US (and Australia if you are from there) are primarily Renaults and often built in Korea by what used to be Samsung Motors.  Personally, I don't like either Renaults or Nissans generally but each to their own.  

There has always been gip between the French and the Rosbifs, but the comment is more about car culture in France - which generally views the car as a utility rather than a passion - even more so in the south where the money on the Riviera makes sports cars common and even less worthy of note.  So the comment in the article is actually complimentary, that in the Aventador the French knew a good thing when they saw it!

But I'm an englishman with a welsh surname that wears a kilt given half a chance, cheers the All Blacks and lives in Singapore, so I suppose I am a little confused...!

28 November 2011 05:10

 

stormypetrol

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stormypetrol says

RE: Lamborghini Aventador vs Lexus LFA (2011): a second opinion

 "usually sniffy French public"?? Has your americanism extended to the point where you are bashing the French--Yankee style? Don't forget that you Poms drive Renaults in serious numbers--as the Yanks do not! One more reason not to buy CAR magazine...

25 November 2011 06:00

 

daveandrews13

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daveandrews13 says

RE: Lamborghini Aventador vs Lexus LFA (2011): a second opinion

merpes - people do get crashed into from the sides as well.  Hence more 'metal' around the area to protect the occupants.

 

On an unrelated note I don't really understand how the LFA has gone up so much in CARs estimation.  It lost to the SLS last time you drove it, now it's one of the greatest cars of all time.  Nothing to do with the driving day at the Ring of course...

 

24 November 2011 18:12

 

calvinchann

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calvinchann says

RE: Lamborghini Aventador vs Lexus LFA (2011): a second opinion

Cornering stability?

24 November 2011 16:07

 

merpes

merpes says

RE: Lamborghini Aventador vs Lexus LFA (2011): a second opinion

why are these lovely cars so wide ? I used to have a M635 and a couple of 911s, I recently drove a V10 M6 and kept breathing in as I went down the road. I understand cars getting longer 'cos of crash structures, but why wider ?

24 November 2011 12:10

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