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New 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S unveiled

Published: 19 December 2016

► New Lamborghini Aventador S revealed
► More powerful, improved handling, new tech
► On sale now for £271k; deliveries in spring 2017

Lamborghini has released its latest raging bull, in the form of the new 2017 Aventador S. It’s a more powerful, more advanced take on the Aventador and benefits from a range of upgrades, including four-wheel steering.

‘This is the next-generation Aventador, as well as the expression of new technological and performance milestones in super sports car development,’ says Lamborghini boss Stefano Domenicali.

So, this is an all-new Aventador?

No. Consider it a heavy reworking of the Aventador, which was first unveiled in 2011. Key updates include reworked aerodynamics, more power, upgraded suspension systems and – most prominently – the adoption of four-wheel steering.

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

The launch of this car marks Lamborghini’s first use of four-wheel steering in a series production car; previously, it has featured in the likes of the limited-edition Centenario. 

What’s changed externally? 

The new Aventador S benefits from a host of exterior tweaks, all aimed at improving the car’s aerodynamics. Changes include new air ducts, a sharper nose and a deeper front splitter.

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

Lamborghini’s even managed to include a few nods to the past, including slightly Countach-aping rear wheel arch profiles.

Out back you’ll find a new black diffuser, and a rather slick triple-exit exhaust system.

What about the powerplant?

You can breathe a sigh of relief, for one thing, as the fabled 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 remains. It’s some 40bhp up on its predecessor, though, thanks to modifications to the Aventador’s variable valve timing and variable intake systems. 

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

As before, the V12 features cylinder deactivation – which shuts off one bank – and a stop-start system. Lamborghini’s upped the S’s rev limiter, however, from 8350rpm to 8500rpm – so make a beeline for those tunnels...

Is it any quicker?

Predictably, Lamborghini’s well into the land of diminishing returns; the new Aventador S, despite more power, matches the 2.9sec 0-62mph time of other Aventadors. 

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

Its top speed remains pegged at 217mph, too – no doubt there’s a little increased drag from the cooling and aerodynamic changes, and gearing may also be a restricting factor. 

What about the chassis and steering?

It sounds like Lamborghini’s put in a lot of effort to improve the Aventador’s dynamics. It features four-wheel steering, improving agility at lower speeds and stability at higher speeds, for starters.

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

The suspension system has also been comprehensively overhauled, with new geometry settings, while the stability control and driving modes have been reworked. 

Any other upgrades?

Lamborghini has fitted the Aventador S with specially developed Pirelli P Zero tyres, a new TFT digital dashboard and Apple CarPlay. A telemetry system is also offered as an option, for those drivers intending to spend plenty of time on track.

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

How much will it set me back?

The new Lamborghini Aventador S will cost £225,955, excluding local taxes – meaning the final UK price should be in the region of £271,000. Deliveries will begin in spring 2017. 

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S technical specifications

  • Chassis Carbonfibre monocoque with aluminium subframes
  • Body Carbonfibre decklid, aluminium bonnet, doors and front wings, composite rear panels
  • Suspension Double wishbone all round, push rod mangetorheological dampers
  • Brakes 6-piston front calipers with 400x38mm carbon-ceramic discs, 4-piston rear calipers with 380x38mm carbon-ceramic discs 
  • Steering Servotronic with Lamborghini rear-wheel steering
  • Tyres Pirelli P Zero 255/30 ZR20 front, 355/25 ZR21 rear
  • Turning circle 11.5m
  • Engine 6498cc naturally-aspirated, dry-sumped V12
  • Power 730bhp at 8400rpm
  • Torque 509lb ft at 5500rpm
  • Max RPM 8500rpm
  • Drivetrain 7-speed automated single-clutch manual, Haldex all-wheel drive
  • Top speed 217mph
  • 0-62mph 2.9sec
  • 0-124mph 8.8sec
  • 0-186mph 24.2sec
  • Braking 62-0mph 31m
  • Dry weight 1575kg
  • Fuel tank 85 litres
  • Storage space 140 litres
  • Combined economy 16.7mpg
  • CO2 394g/km

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2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

By Lewis Kingston

Formerly of this parish. Inveterate car buyer and seller; currently owner of a '68 Charger project car

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