Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (2011) spy pictures

Published: 31 January 2011

These are the best photos yet of Lamborghini’s new V12 supercar. Our spies have caught the new 691bhp monster – thought to be called the Aventador LP700-4 – testing in southern Europe, and the photos reveal the Italian’s Reventon-inspired lines.

Compare the car in our pictures with the outgoing Murcielago and you’ll realise just how reserved the shape of the current car is. Yes it’s a wedge-shaped supercar, but the surface treatments are quite restrained, whereas the new Aventador is much more angular, especially along its flanks. The rear end styling is particularly reminiscent of the limited-run, million-pound Reventon.

What else do we know about the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4?

We already know a lot about the new Aventador LP700-4, thanks in part to leaks and Lamborghini drip-feeding information in the run up to the car’s debut at the 2011 Geneva motor show. The chassis is carbonfibre, and mid-mounted within it is a direct-injection 6.5-litre V12 with 691bhp at 8250rpm and 509lb ft at 5500rpm. Via an all-new seven-speed automated manual transmission, the big twelve-cylinder engine drives all four wheels.

Beyond that there is forged aluminium double wishbones suspension with a pushrod set-up, and a nose-lift system that raises the front suspension by 40mm. At the front there are 255/35 19-inch tyres and 400mm carbon-ceramic discs with six-piston calipers, and at the rear there are 335/30 20s with 380mm carbon-ceramic discs with four-piston calipers.

Expect the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 to be unveiled on the eve of the 2011 Geneva motor show at the VW Group’s annual pre-event party.

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By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy