Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 - Geneva Auto Show

By Editors on February 14, 2011 2:05 PM

Still concealing some details beneath its psychedelic camouflage, this official factory spy shot shows the upcoming Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 undergoing shakedown tests ahead of its formal debut in Geneva, Replacement for the aging Murcielago, Lambo's latest supercar is constructed around an ultralight (325 pounds) carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) monocoque tub and clad in composite body panels. The mid-engine Aventador is powered by a new, and equally lightweight 6.5-liter V12 that makes 690 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque that's paired with a new seven-speed single-clutch automated-manual transaxle that uses a new ISR (Independent Shifting Rod) design that's capable of changing cogs 40-percent faster than the e-gear design used in the Gallardo. Motive force gets fed to all four corners via a new Haldex all-wheel drive system. Weighting less than 3,500 pounds, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 will streak to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 217 mph.

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A new Formula One-style pushrod suspension also is in the mix, a feature that combined with three driver-selectable dynamic program modes, a new super-precise steering setup and carbon-ceramic brakes should further elevate the at-the-limit driving characteristics of Lamborghini's new road rager. Pricing for the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 is expected to start around $325,000.