Lamborghini's supercar heritage lives in the Aventador. This two-seat mid-engine masterpiece is one of the world's most recognized vehicles. Between its razor-sharp styling and screaming V-12 engine, the Aventador earns its iconic status. The Aventador made its debut in 2011 and is now offered in S or track-focused SVJ specification, with coupe or roadster body styles available.
The Aventador isn't the best-driving supercar out there. Sure, it's incredibly quick, but it's just not particularly sorted on a twisty road. We've found its rear-steering system wonks up the handling. And although stopping distances from 60 to 0 mph are impressive, we've found the car squirms around under real high-speed braking. Hefty weight and lane-busting width add to the driving difficulty. Put a buck in your chiropractic budget every time the automated manual transmission shifts.
Does any of that particularly matter? Nah. Even after all these years, the Aventador provides an unparalleled, over-the-top supercar experience. It looks insane, it sounds otherworldly, and its doors swing upward to the sky. For a decade now, the Aventador has been a superlative supercar, earning the affection of enthusiasts the world over. It's not the latest, greatest, or best-driving supercar on sale in 2021, but the Aventador remains an automotive gem.
Lamborghini was the first manufacturer to make a mid-engine V-12 road car, a tradition that lives on in the Aventador. In 2021 Aventador S specification, the 6.5-liter V-12 spins out 730 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. That's sent to an AWD system through a seven-speed automated manual transmission with paddle shifters. With launch control engaged, the Aventador S should sprint to 60 mph in about 2.7 seconds. This engine also makes the Aventador S one of the least fuel-efficient cars on sale, sucking down premium gas at a rate of 8/15 mpg city/highway.
Lamborghini uses the letter J—code for Jota—to designate the most track-focused version of a vehicle. That remains true with the Aventador SVJ—the Superveloce Jota. In its transformation to SVJ spec, the Aventador gains a 760-hp, 531-lb-ft tune of the iconic 6.5-liter V-12 engine. In its pursuit of lap times, the SVJ also gains rear-wheel steering and advanced active aerodynamics. The Aventador SVJ accelerates to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and through the quarter mile in 10.3 seconds at 136.4 mph. Around the skidpad it grips to 1.10 g. Huge carbon-ceramic brakes enable a 94-foot stop from 60 mph. Top speed is claimed by Lamborghini to be above 217 mph. To be sure, the Aventador SVJ is a supercar in every sense of the term.
How are you supposed to stand out when everyone in your neighborhood has an Aventador SVJ? The Xago edition could be an answer. It's essentially an SVJ Roadster, but bedecked in a hexagon-heavy livery that looks wildly unique. Only 10 copies of the Aventador Xago will be built, with just five coming to the United States. Customers will be able to choose their own special color scheme, helpful to avoid any mix-ups with the Aventador next door.
If you have to ask, you probably can't afford it, but we'll tell you anyway. The Aventador S starts at over $421,000. For an open-air experience, the Aventador S Roadster is offered at about $460,000. If you're willing to pay top dollar to shave tenths off your lap times, the Aventador SVJ starts at more than $521,000. Then there's the Aventador SVJ Roadster, which can be yours starting at about $577,000. Of course, with any of these models the options list is extensive, and those can add up quite a bit—we drove an Aventador equipped to over $643,000, wearing a color as eye-popping as its price tag.
In 2021 the Aventador still looks and drives awesomely, but it's starting to seem a bit familiar—it was introduced back in 2011, after all. The automotive world has come a long way in that decade, with electrification a key theme in unlocking next-level performance. Will the Aventador's successor adopt hybrid power? Quite likely. Lamborghini indicated such with the Sian, a limited-production supercar that augments its V-12 with a supercapacitor. However, the Aventador's replacement will use a more conventional hybrid setup. It won't exactly be a Prius competitor—the brand's research and development boss has promised it'll still pack a V-12 engine, like a proper Lambo should. Whatever engine it has, the car should look insane, with cues borrowed from the Sian, Terzo Millennio concept, and SCV12 track car.