It is only last month when Lamborghini unleashed the Huracan RWD Spyder; the automaker is at it again. This time Lamborghini has released a new version of the Aventador, dubbed the Aventador S. The model succeeds the Aventador LP700-4. The automaker took us by surprise with the change of the naming strategy. Going by the old strategy, the 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S would have taken the “LP740-4” lettering to denote its 740ps power output and all-wheel-drive system. In contrast, the automaker revived the S initial, previously used on the Countach back in the ‘70s. Read along for more information:
2017 Lamborghini Aventador S Exterior
From a distance, the new Aventador S looks identical to the outgoing model. However, the new model features a number of new features and tweaks to its exterior design. The front fascia looks more aggressive and its front bumper has been revised. Its snout has black inserts around the splitter as opposed to body-color as is the case on the outgoing models. It also features smaller side air vents. The model has a longer splitter that stretches towards the flanks of the bumper. These revisions helps improve its aerodynamics as well as channel more cooling air to the “beast” inside the hood.
On the sides, the Lambo has a new wheel arch at the rear whose design is adopted from the Countach. The area between the taillights has a black paint finish as opposed to body-color like on the predecessor model. The rear also features slimmer side vents that create a taller bumper on the sides. The result is a more muscular look. Lamborghini also added a huge diffuser featuring 3 fins on either side of the exhaust. The diffuser looks like those used by models that participate in motorsports. This diffuser uses pressure recovery to reduce drag. Its rear wing is movable depending on drive mode and speed. The rear is finished off with a 3-exhaust tips system.
2017 Lamborghini Aventador S Interior
The cabin design is largely unchanged. However, the automaker has added new features. To start with, the automaker has added a new full digital instrument cluster. The model’s huge TFT screen displays different interfaces for different driving modes.
Apple CarPlay is standard. It allows the driver as well as the passenger to manage entertainment and voice activated communication via their own personal mobile devices. There is an option for Lamborghini’s telemetry system. The system is for those customers who like going to the tracks on the weekend. It records track performance, lap times and trip data.
Each model’s cabin will look different as buyers get to customize the model according to their preferences via the Ad Personam customization plan. This, of course, comes at an extra cost, which is not a big deal as buyers of these types of vehicles have deep pockets.
Engine Specs and performance
The engine has also been upgraded for more power. The 6.5 L, V-12 mill now pumps out 730 hp, which represents an increase of 40 horses compared to the outgoing model. This means the Aventador S is only 9 hp short of the Aventador SV output. The engine still produces 509 lb-ft of torque.
The extra juice is courtesy of upgraded a Variable Valve Timing (VVT) system as well as a Variable Intake System (VIS). The engine is hooked up to the same ISR 7-speed transmission system that combines with the model’s permanent 4-wheel drive. The automaker’s rear-wheel steering system, however, allows a large chunk of the torque to be channeled to the rear wheels. Performance, however, remains unchanged despite the increased output. The Lambo still takes 2.9 seconds to hit 60 mph from standstill and has a top speed of 217 mph.
The above systems are managed through the Dinamica Veicolo Attiva (LDVA). This system uses body sensors to interpret real-time information on the vehicle’s body motion and then determines the best setup of the systems. The automaker has also added an extra driving mode, dubbed the “Ego’ mode. It joins the Strada, Sport and the Corsa modes. Strada mode suits normal driving; the Sport mode is specifically for spirited drivers while the Corsa mode is for use on the tracks. The new Ego mode provides extra customization for gearbox, engine, suspension and steering.
To help save on gas, as if buyers of these beasts need to save anything, the model comes with a stop-start system as well cylinder deactivation.
Price and release date
As you would have guessed, the beast comes with a hefty price tag. The Aventador will cost you $421,350 before options, a price hike of over $20,000 compared to its predecessor. The model will be available in the second half of next year (2017).