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2018 Lamborghini Aventador: Overview

What’s New for 2018?

The 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S replaces the base model this year, touting 740 horsepower, improved aerodynamics, a new exhaust, recalibrated driving modes and rear-wheel steering.

What We Like

Head-turning styling that will get you noticed anywhere; powerful V12 outmuscles most supercar rivals; cool interior with a lot of exciting touches

What We Don’t

Pricing is astronomical, even for a Lamborghini; huge size makes it hard to drive; needs a dual-clutch automatic; subpar fuel economy and visibility

Overview

On sale since the 2012 model year, Lamborghini’s impressive Aventador supercar is the successor to the brand’s popular Murcielago and the latest in a line of iconic V12-powered midengine Lambos, including the Diablo, the Countach and the Miura. The 2018 Aventador S is a step above the brand’s entry-level Huracan, which still uses a V10.

So what gives the Aventador flagship status over the Huracan? For one thing, the price tag: The Aventador S starts around $420,000, and that’s before options. If you opt for the Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster, expect to pay in excess of $450,000. That makes the Aventador S more than $200,000 more expensive than the already-pricey Huracan.

But it’s not just price that distinguishes the Aventador S from the Huracan, it’s also brawn. While the Huracan’s V10 engine delivers 600 horsepower, the Aventador S employs a raucous 740-hp V12. The result is 11 miles per gallon in the city — and also a 0-to-62 mile-per-hour time of around 2.9 seconds and a top speed of around 220 miles per hour. In other words, in addition to being one of the most expensive cars around, the Aventador S is also one of the fastest and most powerful.

Despite its many benefits, however, we have a few complaints about the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S. One is its size: At more than 4,000 pounds, it’s heavier than many SUVs — even large ones. And at 79.7 inches wide, it’s just two inches narrower than a full-size Range Rover. Furthermore, the daring design (which means you’ll never be able to go somewhere and just blend in) results in some visibility problems.

Still, we think it’ll be easy to overlook these issues when you put your foot down and listen to the mighty V12’s roar.

With the advent of this newest, more powerful Aventador S, the fate of the LP 750-4 Superveloce version is in limbo.

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