KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz - Updated Date: 6/4/2014
Since its introduction in 2012, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 has been one of the world's most desirable high-performance driving machines. The thrilling design is matched only by the car's otherworldly performance. Starting with a 691-horsepower V12 engine and all-wheel drive, Lamborghini wraps the engine and passenger compartment in aluminum and carbon-fiber body work that's straight out of a science fiction fantasy. But it's not just for show, as the huge door vents, and numerous slots and slats all work to keep the car's engine fed with air, and to keep it on the ground as it rockets from a standstill to 60 mph in less than three seconds, all on its way to an astonishing 217 mph top speed. It's $400,000 that's very well spent.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you have the money to make the biggest entrance you can, and there's no room to land a helicopter, then the 2014 Lamborghini Aventador tops Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, or just about anything else.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While there's virtually nothing that has the visual impact of the 2014 Lamborghini Aventador, and only a handful with the same performance, it's not designed for long-distance driving comfort. A thrilling but refined choice might be the 510-horsepower Aston Martin DBS.
What's New for 2014
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, you can get a limited-edition 2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50th Anniversario edition. How limited? Only 200 are made, they cost north of $500,000, and yes, they're already sold out.
The many joys of driving a 2014 Lamborghini Aventador do not include a creamy smooth ride. Even with the Drive Mode Select system, which allows drivers to choose between Strada (road), Sport (sporty road) and Corsa (track) settings, the Aventador is no long-range cruiser. But so what? It's Formula One-style racing suspension and ultra-wide tires give tremendous grip, and the huge, ceramic antilock disc brakes deliver jaw-dropping stopping power. The acceleration is stunning, and the snug, form-fitting seats aren't just a sports car trope, they're a necessity. Stability control keeps this rear-biased, mid-engine supercar from swapping ends due to injudicious brake application or throttle lifting mid-corner. The Drive Mode Select also varies transmission shift firmness, steering effort, throttle response and stability-control responsiveness. Choose the Strada setting for date night and save Corsa for channeling your inner bull fighter.
START/STOP IGNITION BUTTON
Push-button start is nothing new. But putting your start button under a guarded red door – similar to the cover you'd see on a missile-launch panel in a war movie – well, you've got to love that.
"Lambo doors" may have jumped the shark in the performance aftermarket. But when used on the real thing, on a car that has the mind-bending performance of a Lamborghini Aventador, you'll know why they have that show-stopping power.
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