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Lamborghini Aventador

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Summary


Described by Evo as the “ultimate bedroom wall supercar”, the Lamborghini Aventador is a mid-engined coupé and targa-top roadster which is set to be the last naturally-aspirated (not turbocharged) V12 sports car that Lamborghini ever makes.

Replacing the Lamborghini Murciélago in 2011, the Aventador has now been on sale for over a decade, and has proved to be one of the Italian brand’s most successful sports cars to date. As Carwow puts it, “the Lamborghini Aventador is one of the most outrageous cars on sale, both in terms of how it looks and how it drives.”

The Aventador range has evolved several times during its tenure to keep up with the ever-changing supercar market, all iterations being available as both a coupé and a convertible. The original Aventador LP700-4 evolved into the Aventador S and eventually the LP780-4 Ultimae, while there have been even more extreme models like the SV and SVJ.

Along the way, there have also been many limited editions and one-off specials, while Lamborghinis has also used the Aventador platform as a starting point for several other exclusive models in recent years (the Veneno, Centenario, Sián, Essenza and Countach).

Despite its exterior design making an immediate impression, the original Aventador model had a mixed reception when it launched in 2011. “Most criticism focused on the chassis – the ride quality was poor, and it wasn’t as agile as it could have been”, Parkers explains. However, Lamborghini has listened to its critics over the years, and many journalists remark that the Aventador S in particular was a significant improvement – an improvement that has gradually raised the supercar’s review scores.

Lamborghini has also been fine-tuning the Aventador’s V12 engine over the years – Auto Express calls the latest powertrain tweaks “hugely impressive modifications that add an extra layer of drama”. That said, many reviewers comment that the Aventador continues to be behind the curve when compared to the pace and technology of newer supercars, and that, ten years on, the gearbox still lacks refinement.

“You can gripe about the clunky gearbox and the fact that junior supercars are faster from the lights”, Car concludes, “but there’s not much in the car world with as much personality as the Aventador.” Top Gear wholeheartedly agrees – “It’s supercar 101: looks, noise, power, drama. Don’t overthink it, just do it. Pure pageantry.”

As of March 2022, the Lamborghini Aventador holds an Expert Rating of 76%, based on 17 published reviews from UK motoring outlets. This is a few points off the Lamborghini Huracán, which is the highest-scoring Lamborghini model in our Expert Rating Index.

Aventador highlights

  • Powerful V12 engine
  • Durable carbonfibre construction
  • Handling gets better with each new iteration
  • Alluring exterior looks

Aventador lowlights

  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Clunky gearbox
  • Heavy and hard to park
  • Understeer often in the rain

Key specifications


Body style: Coupé and roadster
Engines: petrol
Price: From £342,000 on-road

Launched: Summer 2011
Last updated: Summer 2021
End of production due: Spring 2022


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Evo

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Honest John

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Motoring Research

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

As of March 2022, the Lamborghini Aventador has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. Due to its price and exclusivity, the Aventador is unlikely to be tested in the future, particularly as it is near the end of its lifespan.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of March 2022, the Lamborghini Aventador has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. Again, we’re not expecting it to ever happen so you’ll just have to guess at how eco-friendly a 6.5-litre petrol V12 supercar really is.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Lamborghini Aventador has received

2017

  • Top Gear Awards – Supercar of the Year (Aventador S)

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Lamborghini AventadorAvailable in coupé and drop-top form, the Lamborghini Aventador is a mid-engined sports car highlighted for its "outrageous" looks and pace.