When the Lamborghini Aventador was released to the world in 2011, it felt state-of-the-art, with its carbon fiber chassis, new V12 engine and, of course, millionaire looks. But since then it has been pushed into the corner by a tide of rivals from far and wide, and in the process feels like some kind of dinosaur less than a decade later.
Lamborghini’s reaction to this gentle collapse of its range-topping V12 was to throw some chassis tech in 2017, and double down on its iconic package, while accentuating its increasingly rare combination of powertrain and design.
The Lamborghini Aventador S also has the unusual position of being the “entry” version of its V12 supercar, but while the new SVJ might steal the show with its wings and race-derived lightness, the Aventador S has its own set of slightly more manageable attributes that have their own appeal.
As expected, the Lamborghini Aventador S offers amazing performance. If you use launch control – appropriately called Thrust mode – it will hit 0-100km/h in just 2.9 seconds and, in the right environment, will continue to accelerate to 350km/h. If this isn’t tough or daring enough for you, you can always opt for the Aventador SVJ, which is Lamborghini’s most powerful and technological car to date.
Wide tyres, a rigid composite chassis and advanced suspension provide plenty of grip, while four-wheel drive ensures the 730bhp can be applied to the tarmac.
The heavy-duty steering offers decent feel and turning is very positive, with no noticeable body roll. In fact, the biggest problem with the Lamborghini Aventador S is that its performance and handling limits are so high that you can’t get close to them on the road
The Aventador S brings with it some other significant changes. The first of these is four-wheel steering, which makes turns much tighter, aids high-speed stability and significantly improves the Aventador’s overall driving experience. Revamped suspension and a new customizable “Ego” drive model are also present on the S.
But while the Aventador has received a number of upgrades with the S, the single-clutch robotic automatic gearbox is still frustrating.
The Aventador S Roadster is not very equipped with the usual features of series production cars. It has stop/start technology and heated rearview mirrors, along with a TFT digital display for the driver and dual-zone climate control, but not much else.
Also available as an option is a telemetry system with lap timer, and heated seats for added comfort. A rear view camera is also standard, along with parking sensors and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The Aventador S Roadster features an MMI unit with Audi sound and a seven-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay is standard, as is Bluetooth connectivity and an auxiliary input, with a USB port available for charging. The system features a pair of door-mounted woofers and two dash-mounted tweeters
Technically, the S’s big news is its new electronic four-wheel steering system, but there are also plenty of subtle design changes, including a delightful new treatment around the rear wheel arches that’s a cheeky nod to the Countach.
In its new outfit, the Aventador S also flows much cleaner through the air. Thanks in part to a new active electronic rear wing, Lamborghini claims the S develops 130% more downforce than before, and is 50% more aerodynamically efficient overall.
And the development of the car has not stopped there. The electronic dampers and suspension have been extensively redesigned to respond in accordance with the new 4WS system. A new bespoke Pirelli tire has been developed as the dynamics of a rear steered car completely alter the demands on the rubber. And the dynamic driving program has been rewritten to include a fourth setting called Ego