The V12’s been downsized and turbocharged… only joking.
No, the Aventador sticks with the glorious 6.5-litre V12 engine, naturally aspirated and a fantastic riposte to everyone who says they had no choice but to give us smaller blown units.
The noise is heaven, all raucous yelps at high revs and theatrical thunderclaps on down shifts, the instant response flings you forward at seemingly any revs, and the power builds ferociously all the way to 730bhp at 8400rpm, and now screams 200rpm higher at 8500rpm.
Technologically off-the-pace, maybe, but its soul, emotion and passion more than compensates.
The differences in feel between old and new engine specs is less obvious than the chassis, but there’s 39bhp extra, if no additional torque at 509lb ft.
Despite its 730bhp being just 10bhp shy of the hardcore Aventador SV, the philosophy is different: the SV’s 100kg weight loss gives it permission to focus more on power, where Lamborghini’s engineers have also targeted driveable torque for the S.
So the new airbox can be virtually split into smaller or larger sections by the use of four separate drive-by-wire throttles – all throttles deployed for full power, fewer throttles to increase low-speed torque.
Trust me, you won’t want a turbo. 😀
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