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Lamborghini Aventador

The Lamborghini Aventador is the top-of-the-line Lambo, and it's a monstrously large supercar. It's a two-seater with insane performance and design to match. Everything it does is done in hyper mode from the wild stares it earns from its wild exterior to its sub-three-second 0-60 time.

The V-12 engine in the Aventador is a 700-horsepower, 6.5-liter unit exclusive to the car. It marks the fourth engine built in-house at Lamborghini and only the second V-12--the first was the 3.5-liter engine in the Miura.

Performance is incredible: acceleration to 60 mph takes just 2.8 seconds, and top speed is 217 mph. That's blisteringly quick and well ahead of even most of the rest of the current supercar crowd on one or both accounts. A unique ISR (Independent Shifting Rod) transmission handles gear shifts. Lamborghini claims the Aventador is two generations ahead of the rest of the market on the basis of its technological advancements.

The body is the most radical element of the Aventador, with a jet-fighter-like design theme and extensive use of carbon fiber. In fact, the entire chassis is made of carbon fiber, one of the first carbon monocoque road cars. The suspension and subframes are nearly the only structural elements to use any metal at all. The suspension itself is race-inspired, too, with inboard pushrods transferring wheel loads to dampers mounted horizontally inside the body. Despite the weight-saving materials, the Aventador still weighs in at 3,472 pounds.

Scissor-style doors open onto the cockpit, which is snug, low-slung, and futuristic in its look. As you'd expect from Lamborghini, it's all wrapped and shrouded in exquisite materials, including a healthy dose of carbon fiber. For those looking to buy an Aventador, you'll have to get in line, as the first 12 months' worth of production is already sold out--though you would probably want to order one to your own custom specifications anyway, and Lamborghini is more than willing to go in nearly any direction you would wish in terms of paint colors, upholstery materials, and equipment specification.

Only 4,000 Aventadors will be built over its model run, all in coupe body style. A completely topless Aventador J one-off prototype was made and shown at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but that will remain the only such model built. The Aventador is priced from $379,700 in the U.S., a factor that adds to both its exclusivity and its desirability--if not to its attainability.

A trio of unique limited-run cars will be built using the Aventador's chassis and engine as a basis. Unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Veneno takes an even more extreme angle on style and performance--and no, we didn't think that was possible either.

For those who might be curious, the Aventador's name is, like other Lamborghini models, derived from a Spanish fighting bull.


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