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The Biggest, Baddest Bull to Leave Sant’Agata: The 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

Paul Meyers

The time has finally come. After three years of rumors and spy photography, a replacement for Lamborghini’s Murciélago was finally unveiled in March. The magnetism of a new V-12-powered Lamborghini—especially one with 700 hp—is undeniable, further validated by the fact that the Aventador LP700-4 sold out for its first year of production before the Geneva Auto Show was over. In short, this new big, bad bull was worth the wait for Lamborghini faithful.

As if its aggressively styled body panels weren’t enough to intimidate anything in its path, the Aventador hits 60 mph in under 3 seconds and carries on to a top speed of 218 mph. Apart from the ultra-powerful 6.5-liter V-12 engine, these impressive performance figures are a direct result of Lamborghini’s dedication to carbon fiber research—partnering with Boeing and Callaway—for lightweight engineering. Beneath the sharply styled exterior, the Aventador’s body is mostly made up of carbon fiber, which is a supercar standard for most exotics on the road today.

And while Lamborghini kept its traditional scissor-style doors for the Aventador, one step inside the cabin shows an impressive update to the interior. The likeness of the center console and dash display to an Audi is undeniable—especially considering the German automaker is Lamborghini’s parent company—but the Aventador somehow manages to retain most of its Italian flair throughout. And unlike the Lamborghini Gallardo, there is absolutely nothing in the Audi model line that comes close to competing with the $400,000 Aventador. That space is reserved for Ferrari. (www.lamborghini.com)

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