The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe, first introduced to the world in 2011, is a mid-engine, AWD sports coupe with a 700 hp 6.5 liter L539 V12 engine and 7-speed “robotized” ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) semi-automatic, single-clutch transmission. It is capable of a top speed of 216 mph and, priced around $395,000.00, it’s a pricey car, but when one considers the marriage of materials with modern electronics, one can understand why the LP 700-4 is worth the expense.
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The monocoque, chassis, and body are all carbon fiber, as are the front spoiler, air intakes, engine cover panel and powertrain cladding. Brakes are carbon ceramic and the wheels are made of forged alloy. Lamborghini managed to keep the weight of the LP 700-4 at 4630 lbs, 200 lbs lighter than its predecessor.
Another factor in the Aventador’s price is the technology it carries. Inspired by modern aeronautics, the dashboard looks more like a cockpit with controls and an LCD screen placed in the center and within easy reach of the driver. On-board systems include ABS, electronic brake distribution, anti-slip control, speed-dependent servo-tronic steering, hill start assist and ESP stability control, but that’s not all! A supercapacitor-based start-stop system shuts down the engine at long idles like traffic lights to conserve fuel and restarts it 119 milliseconds after touching the gas when the light turns green. Another system changes the engine into a straight six by shutting down half of the cylinders at speeds under 84 mph.
Finally, the Aventador F 700-4 is mind-numbingly beautiful with lines that evoke, according to Lamborghini, a “tensed muscle” like a bull, ready to charge. It’s no wonder Lamborghini can command such an impressive price and judging from the reviews, it’s well worth every penny.