Just in case you’re not up to speed on Lamborghini’s current lineup, here’s the two minute drill: there’s the Gallardo, available in six different variants, and then there’s the Aventador. Named for a fighting bull known for its strength and resilience, the Aventador replaces the Murcielago atop the Lamborghini product line.
Powered by a 6.5-liter V-12 sending 700 horsepower to all four wheels, the Aventador is capable of running from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 217 miles per hour. It’s chock full of F1 technology, including a carbon fiber composite monocoque, pushrod suspension and a paddle-shift gearbox that can execute gear changes in 50 milliseconds.
Unlike earlier Lambo V-12s, the Aventador can out-handle a surprising number of cars on a tight race track. On the Top Gear test track, the Aventador turned in the third quickest lap time of 1:16.5, which means that only the new McLaren MP4-12C and the Ariel Atom V8 500 are faster.
If you’ve got $393,695 to spend, you can put an Aventador in your garage sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012 (production is sold out until then). If that’s a bit steep for your tastes, you can enjoy the guided tour and drive provided by Jay Leno in the video below – it’s free, and it doesn’t even have a gas-guzzler tax.
Source: Jay Leno’s Garage