Lamborghini just announced they’ll be adding an “S” model to their iconic Aventador line and I must say it looks fantastic. This isn’t a regular Aventador with a makeover either. From what I can tell it’s got quite a few new goodies that should very quickly distinguish itself once people start taking it out for a test drive. As a longtime Lamborghini enthusiast that had numerous Countache posters on my walls, I get really excited when Lamborghini brings out something new that has the potential to be special like this one does.
What we know so far is that the new Aventador S will have the same 6.5L V12 that’s become so popular and they must’ve figured, if it’s not broke why fix it. Although it did receive an increase of 40hp bringing the total up to 740hp, which remember that’s from a naturally aspirated engine so there’s no need to worry about pesky turbos or superchargers.
As much as we love additional horsepower, the big thing that caught our attention about this new Aventador S is the new Lamborghini Active Vehicle Dynamics system (LDVA). The key feature there is the new Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) and Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steering (LRS). That’s right, the new Aventador S will have four wheel steering! It’s also getting what they’re calling “Magneto-rheological suspension” and active rear aerodynamics which combined with the standard all-wheel drive system is designed to provide the “most personal driving experience ever” according to the Lamborghini website.
There are only a few cars out there that utilize a rear wheel steering system and even less in the supercar genre. Porsche has used this technology on a few different models and also the Ferrari F12 TDF, so it’s not completely uncommon. The LRS system is supposed to drastically increase the car’s nimbleness and provide unrivaled cornering performance at low speeds, but also significantly increase stability and control of the car at high speeds. All of which work in unison with the new active suspension system to provide the perfect response no matter what the conditions.
The overall look of this new model may not seem all that different. But when you look at them side by side you can start to notice the changes, especially in the front. The new design is supposed to increase the downforce up front by 130% which should virtually eliminate any understeer that normally comes with an all- wheel drive car. Plus, the overall aerodynamic efficiency has drastically increased thanks to new side vents that are supposed to reduce turbulence.
Lamborghini hasn’t released any performance specs as far as 0-60 times or anything like that yet, but it’s safe to assume it’ll be faster than the stock Aventador. We’re actually quite curious to see how it’ll stack up against the Aventador SV that’s supposed to be the top of the line with 750hp. If this new dynamic driving system turns out to be as good as they’re making it out to be, the new S model will probably be faster around a track. Pricing is said to be just over $420,000, so it’s not exactly cheap, but it’s not a multi-million dollar hypercar either, even though it’s supposed to drive and perform like one. The good news is customer cars are scheduled to start being delivered in spring of next year so it won’t be long before we see them in action.