The 2014 Lamborghini Aventador generates some impressive numbers. With a 6.5-liter V12 engine making 690 horsepower, it reaches 60 mph in less than 3 seconds on its way to a 217 mph top speed. Let's not forget about the $400,000 price of admission either. Figures like these firmly plant the Aventador in the supercar stratosphere, right where it belongs.
This year, to celebrate Lamborghini's 50-year anniversary, a limited-edition Aventador LP720-4 50 Anniversario is available to 100 lucky (and wealthy) clients. It ups horsepower marginally and comes with significant aerodynamic upgrades, but performance is estimated to be identical to the standard Aventador. For the $500,000 plus you'd shell out for the Anniversario, you're basically getting a more collectible version. And bragging rights.
Regardless of which Aventador you might be considering, you're sure to turn plenty of heads. Whether it's moving or not, it's a futuristic stunner. Unfortunately, the drawbacks also span the lineup. Most prominently, the stiff ride quality may redefine what harsh means to some drivers. Lack of visibility is also something for potential owners to take into account, as is the related difficulty associated with maneuvering the ultra-wide Aventador on tight roads or in parking lots. There's also the deplorable fuel economy, although we're guessing you're not terribly concerned about that.
At this level of price and performance, there's little that competes with the 2014 Lamborghini Aventador. The Ferrari F12 is sure to deliver the same wallop of acceleration and exclusivity, though it's not as outrageously styled as the Lamborghini. To outdo it, you'd have to shell out more than a cool million for a Bugatti Veyron or McLaren P1. To be honest, unless you live on the Eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula, any of these cars make a very strong statement. We should all be so lucky.
The 2014 Lamborghini Aventador is a two-passenger exotic supercar available as either a coupe or roadster.
Standard coupe features include 19-inch front wheels, 20-inch rear wheels, high-performance tires, carbon-ceramic brakes, a deployable rear spoiler, an adjustable-height suspension, hill-start assist, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, heated and power-folding mirrors, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a tilt steering wheel, an LCD gauge cluster, the Lamborghini version of Audi's Multi Media Interface, a navigation system, real-time traffic, Bluetooth, an iPod interface and a sound system.
The Roadster adds a power rear window, a wind deflector and an engine cover with sectioned hexagonal glass plates.
Optional equipment includes numerous carbon-fiber body parts and interior trim, a transparent engine cover, a carbon-fiber engine cover, the Parking Assist package (front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera), heated power seats, a multifunction steering wheel (in smooth leather, perforated leather or suede), simulated suede upholstery and an upgraded sound system. There is also an extensive customization program available.
The Aventador LP720-4 50 Anniversario is limited to only 100 examples worldwide and is available as either a coupe or roadster. Distinguishing itself from the "normal" Aventadors, the Anniversario sports numerous body modifications to increase aerodynamic efficiency, and a slightly more powerful engine tuning. A bright yellow and black paint scheme is standard, but customers can choose other colors. Optionally, a black and yellow interior with exclusive diamond-stitched upholstery can be selected.