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  Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Introduced in:2011
Introduced at:2011 Geneva Motor Show
Internal name:LB834
Predecessor:Lamborghini Murciélago LP640
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 29, 2011
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Click here to download printer friendly versionHaving served as Lamborghini's flagship model for nearly a decade, the 'Murciélago' was relieved in 2011 by the new 'Aventador LP700-4'. Launched in Frankfurt in September of 2001, the Murciélago was the first model developed under VAG ownership. It nevertheless was very much an evolution of the earlier Diablo and even the Countach, with the exception of the fresh design. Quite in contrast, the Aventador features a completely new mechanical package clothed in a familiar body.

In good Lamborghini tradition, the Aventador type name was once again derived from a fighting bull. In this case a particularly courageous specimen from the stables of one of Don Celestino Cuadri Vides' sons. For an October 1993 fight in Saragozza, Spain, this fighting bull earned the "Trofeo de la Pena La Madronera". The second part of the name is Lamborghini nomenclature for the location and output of the engine, and the number of driven wheels; 'Longitudinale Postiore' (longitudinally rear) 700 hp and four-wheel drive.

What really sets the Aventador apart from its V12-engined predecessors is the carbon-fibre monocoque. Used for the for the first time on a Lamborghini road car, it was developed with the help of Boeing Aerospace. While most major manufacturers use third part specialists, the Aventador's 'tub' is constructed in-house at Lamborghini's Sant' Agata factory. Bolted on both ends of the carbon-fibre centre section are aluminium subframes that support the front and rear suspension. The bare tub weighs just 147.5 kg, while the complete chassis tips the scales at a touch over 229 kg.

Also brand new is the V12 engine known internally as the 'L539'. Despite having a virtually identical displacement as the 6.5 litre V12 used in the Murciélago, the new engine is around 20 kg lighter, weighing just 235 kg. The all-alloy unit has a considerably shorter stroke with an eye on improving low-end torque. Fitted with a conventional fuel injection system and dry-sump lubrication, the L539 produces 700 hp at 8,250 rpm, while the extremely flat torque curve peaks at 690 Nm and 5,500 rpm.

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