Marcus De Guzman / Lamborghini | December 20, 2016 11:46
2017 Lamborghini Aventador S gets tuned V12, four-wheel steering
Lamborghini's flagship supercar gets a major upgrade for 2017. Called the Aventador S, the House of the Raging Bull described their latest creation of having better aerodynamics, improved handling courtesy of a retuned suspension and increased power output.
“This is the next generation Aventador as well as the expression of new technological and performance milestones in super sports car development. The Aventador S is visionary design, cutting-edge technology and driving dynamics in pure harmony, and elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level,” said, Stefano Domenicali, chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.
While the overall design of the Aventador S appears to be the same, the automaker was able to incorporate subtle improvements, as well as integrating key designs from previous icons such as the Countach. The front fascia gets a more aggressive finish thanks to a new longer front splitter which also delivers better airflow and increased cooling to the radiators.
Around the back, the Aventador S is fitted with a new black diffuser that can be specified in carbon fiber. It gets vertical fins that according to Lamborghini, reduces drag while at the same time generates more downforce. It is topped off by three single exhaust outlets that exit through the rear bumper and by an active rear wing. With the exterior upgrades in place, Lamborghini claimed the Aventador S is 130-percent more aerodynamic than the standard coupe.
At the heart of the Aventador is a tweaked 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12. Designated as the LP740-4, Lamborghini's latest bull packs 740 PS. While pulling power remains the same at 690 Nm, the extra 40 PS was made possible after the automaker fiddled with the variable valve timing (VVT) system and variable intake system (VIS). 0 – 100 km/h comes in at a swift 2.9 seconds while top speed is rated 350 km/h. Chanelling power to all four wheels comes courtesy of the 7-speed ISR transmission. Other than the upgraded engine, the Aventador S also benefits from a new exhaust system that is 20-percent lighter than its predecessor.
The Aventador S is also Lamborghini's first model to have four-wheel steering. It is aimed to deliver better handling and improved stability at high speeds. Meanwhile, the magneto-rheological suspension and pushrod system had to fine-tuned as well for the four-wheel steering system. Other upgrades installed on the new Aventador S are: bespoke Pirelli P Zero tires and carbon ceramic brakes.
Inside, the Aventador S gets a new digital instrument panel, mulitple layout modes for Strada, Sport, Corsa and Ego, Apple CarPlay as standard and a telemetry system which can be had as an optional extra.
First customer deliveries of the Lamborghini Aventador S will begin in Q1 of 2017.