May we humbly present to you the brand new Lamborghini Aventador S. It is here, it is yellow, and it is fast. We are informed it represents a new benchmark for the Aventador, and thus we must take you through its myriad updates.
First up, and most importantly, is more power. That 6.5-litre V12 now kicks out 730bhp – up from the ‘regular’ Aventador’s 691bhp, but a fraction down on the madcap Aventador SV’s 740bhp – thanks to optimised valve timing.
The redline has been shifted up to 8,500rpm for good measure, and whereso delivered to all four wheels through that seven-speed gearbox, will kick the Lambo from 0-62mph in 2.9s and onto a top speed of 217mph. The exhaust is also 20 per cent lighter than before, which of course, means all sorts of good things related to noise.
Oh yes, all four wheels. The next most important update to this Lambo is the four-wheel-steering system we first saw on the banzai Centenario; the first time it’s been put on a production Lambo. The front axle gets Lambo’s dynamic steering setup, but at the rear there are two separate actuators with five-millisecond-quick adjustments, responding to the driver’s steering input.
At low speeds, the front wheels face in the opposite direction to the rears, to virtually reduce the wheelbase, while at high speeds, all wheels have the same angle for better stability. When we tested it on a prototype SV with this RWS system – on a track, naturally – we said at the time that it “makes a huge difference to the car’s stability, predictability and so your confidence, commitment and speed grow.” Good.
This S also gets updated suspension with revised kinematics for that four-wheel-steer tech, new geometry, a new ‘real-time’ variable damping system and new rear springs. The ESC has also been recalibrated to be faster, and is said to provide “improved adhesion detection” to help maximise grip in a variety of conditions. Fear not, though: the permanent four-wheel-drive setup has been retuned to cope with the rear-wheel-steer (do keep up), while still allowing “oversteer behaviour and a sporty, safe drive”.