Six years after Lamborghini launched the Aventador at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Italian carmaker has updated its mid-engined supercar with a new aerodynamic design, redeveloped suspension, increased power, and improved driving dynamics.
According to the Italian carmaker, the ‘S’ is the suffix used for enhanced Lamborghini models, and the Lamborghini Aventador S is exactly that as it “defines a new benchmark for the V12 Lamborghini.”
While its silhouette clearly identifies it as an Aventador, it has new design elements--particularly on the front and rear--that not only enhances the car’s look but also serves a purpose.
The front end, for example, looks more aggressive, with a longer front splitter that redirects airflow for better aerodynamic efficiency, improved engine cooling and increased cooling to the radiators. Two air ducts in the side of the front bumper, meanwhile, reduces aerodynamic interference from the front tires and optimizes wake flow to the rear radiator. As for the rear, it’s dominated by a black diffuser--that can be rendered in carbon fiber on request--with vertical fins that amplify the airflow effects and reduce drag through pressure recovery and generate downforce. Serving as an accent here are the three single exhaust outlets that exit through the rear bumper. Lastly, the active rear wing is movable in three positions, depending on the speed and drive select mode to improve the car’s overall balance while vortex generators in the front and rear of the chassis’ underside maximizes air flow as well as assists in brake cooling.
With all these changes, Lamborghini claims that the front downforce of the Aventador S has improved by over 130% when compared to the previous Aventador while road-holding ability with the rear wing at high downforce mode is better by 50% and in low-drag mode by a staggering 400% compared to the previous model.
A first for the Aventador S--and in Lamborghini production cars, for that matter--is the new four-wheel steering system that improves agility at low and medium speeds and stability at high speeds. In front, the Lamborghini Dynamic Steering gives the car a more natural and responsive feel with a sharper turn-in, and integrated with it is the active Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering that utilizes two separate actuators that react in five milliseconds to driver’s steering movements. At low speeds, the rear wheels supposedly face in opposite direction to the steering angle which, in turn, reduces the wheelbase and thereby reduces its turning radius, ensures higher performance on curves, and makes it easier to maneuver the car. At higher speeds though, both the front and rear wheels have the same steering angle which extends the wheelbase and improves the car’s stability and responsiveness.
Drivers of the Aventador S can also choose from four different driving modes: STRADA for maximum comfort, perfect for those who want to use the car everyday; SPORT for a sporty feel that resembles that of a rear-wheel-drive car, with up to 90% of its torque output going to the rear wheels "for maximum sportiness and driving fun" on curved roads; CORSA for track days with the car; and EGO which provides for additional and individual profiles for traction, steering, and suspension settings as configured by the driver “within the STRADA, SPORT, and CORSA settings.”
The same 6.5-liter V12 engine propels the updated Aventador S although its power has now been bumped up to 740hp and 690Nm of torque, up by 40hp and 1Nm over the Aventador. According to Lamborghini, this was made possible by optimizing both the Variable Valve Timing and Variable Intake System to enhance the torque curve.
Though no price has been set yet for the Lamborghini Aventador S locally, the car has a suggested retail price of $421,350 (P21.02 million) in the United States, with the first owners taking delivery of the car in the second quarter of 2017.