First drive:

Lamborghini Aventador S By Jack Evans, Press Association Motoring Writer

What’s New?

The original Aventador was launched in 2011, and so it’s high time that it received some attention to bring it up to date - which brings us to this, the Aventador S. The original car was one of the most successful models ever made by the Italian supercar maker, so the new 730bhp Aventador S has a huge amount of weight upon its shoulders.

However, it’s now armed with four- wheel steering, as well as uprated software, which should make it even sharper to drive than the previous generation. It also gains ‘Ego’ mode, which gives the ability to split the separate driving modes to suit the individual and makes it easier to set up the car just as you’d like it.

Looks And Image

Here’s where a Lamborghini really needs to succeed, and thankfully the Aventador S doesn’t disappoint. Its new look, upgraded for 2017, looks impressive

in the flesh. It’s close to the original - there’s no doubt about that - but it’s the subtle differences that really make it stand out.

The front end, for instance, now has additional inlets, or ‘teeth’, as Lamborghini calls them. At the side, the air intakes have been cleaned up and the overall impression is of a simpler, more purposeful vehicle. The iconic scissor doors remain, which means that wherever you pull up, you’re sure to make an entrance.

Space And Practicality

As a two-seater, £270,000 supercar, the Aventador doesn’t offer too much in terms of practicality. You do, however, get a small boot in the front of the car, which is just about large enough for a soft weekend bag. If you’re looking to transport a lot of items, you may have to look elsewhere. There’s a bit of space behind the seats, but this is suited to only two jackets or a small bag. The golf clubs will have to stay at home, unfortunately.

Behind The Wheel

Rejoice, as the Aventador S retains that original car’s iconic 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12. It puts out a staggering


730bhp - 40bhp more than before - as well as 690Nm of torque. This is sent to the road through all four wheels via a single- clutch automatic gearbox. It’ll reach 60mph in just 2.7 seconds, and continue ferociously accelerating until it hits a top speed of 217mph.

The biggest change comes in the form of four-wheel steering, which aims to improve handling and stability at high speed, as well as making the car easier to drive at lower speeds. It has the ability to virtually shorten the wheelbase by 500mm for low speed movements, or increase it by 700mm for better stability.

The first Aventador was somewhat of a brute, with very little finesse in terms of handling or dynamics. The same cannot be said for the S, which now demonstrates a delicacy to its handling. In truth, our testing conditions weren’t perfect - the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia being used had been sodden by unseasonably wet Spanish weather, but it still allowed the Aventador S to showcase just how far it had come.

Now able to send up to 90% of its drive to the rear wheels, the Aventador S feels far more adjustable than before. Go too hard into a corner and it will naturally push into understeer, but plant the

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