Aventador S Coupe: Eight Seconds or Bust!
Born out of spite and a general malaise for Ferrari in 1963, the Lamborghini brand has always been synonymous with excitement, panache and wow factor!
The gorgeous Miura, extreme Countach, bodacious Diablo and menacing Murciélago are some of the important monikers that have defined this insatiable lineage of raging bulls from Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy throughout the company’s 54 years.
Remaining true to its V12 roots, the Aventador has been Lambo’s flagship super sports car since replacing the Murcié in 2011. Having surpassed 7,000 units built before its sixth birthday in fall 2017—chassis #7,000 being a 2017 Aventador S—it is undeniably the most popular V12-powered Lambo of all time. Its predecessor tapped out at only 4,099 units during a 10-year run.
Launching the Aventador S from a standstill really can take your breath away. With 740 horses and 507 torques under foot, that magnificent rear-mounted 60-degree V12 engine helps propel the 1,575-kilogram supercar to super-illegal speeds in just a few breaths—if you remember to breathe at all that is. Simply hearing it rev to its 8,500-rpm redline is enough to make adrenaline course through your veins, but gnashing through the Independent Shifting Rod (ISR) seven-speed dry dual-clutch automatic gearbox certifies things up to a 350 km/h Vmax.
The fourth-generation Haldex four-wheel drive system helps bite off zero-to-100 km/h in less than three seconds, the completely redesigned triple-outlet exhaust system barking loudly and proudly all the way. Toss in a four-wheel steering system that gets better the faster you drive, a trick “magneto-rheological” suspension with horizontally-opposed dampers, and a cutting-edge lightweight carbon fibre monocoque chassis with aluminum frames, and we’re talking true car porn. And I haven’t even mentioned the four drive modes yet.
With looks that can kill and performance bits to die for, owning an Aventador S is a sign that you’ve made it. But just because you’ve made it, doesn’t mean you know how to drive it. Money before brains is all-too-common in the supercar playbox. After all, it’s just money! Right?
Fact is, the majority of the driving public will never be able to afford a car like this, let alone drive one. So, what if I told you don’t need a Swiss bank account, or highly advanced driving skills to pilot a Lamborghini? I’m betting your interest has been peaked. Now to whet your appetite.
You see, driving a Lamborghini on a racetrack has been on my bucket list for years, and I’m finally able to checkmark it off vis-à-vis the Lamborghini Esperienza Toronto event hosted last fall by the automaker’s motorsport arm, Squadra Corse, at Ignition’s home track in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, a.k.a Mosport.
Part of the Italian supercar maker’s overall driver development efforts, Esperienza is the bottom rung of the proverbial ladder. These exclusive half-day events are designed for potential buyers, and highlight the performance, power and control of these fine Italian automobiles. Guests are encouraged to test the limits of the car and themselves on some of the world’s most prominent tracks under the guidance of professional Lamborghini instructors. For my visit, former FIA GT driver Paolo Biglieri led an experienced team of instructors, including IMSA sportscar and prototype driver Ashley Freiberg, to name a few.
Now, I’ve driven all kinds of high-end sports and supercars at CTMP and other exotic locales, but Lamborghinis have somehow eluded me in my near two decades as a motoring journalist. Sure, I’d puttered around a wet Hockenheimring paddock in a tuned Gallardo and Murciélago 10 or so years ago for a photoshoot, but that was it. (Talk about getting blue balls in the worst way.) So when I finally got my turn at the wheel, I’m just glad the slow ones were behind me because I was in full attack mode to take advantage of what little time I’d have.
Stay tuned for the full story on my Lamborghini Aventador S Coupe track test at CTMP in a future edition of Ignition Luxury & Performance.