Sant’Agata Bolognese’s flagship raging bull has received an interesting addition to the roster – the new Aventador S arriving with an extra 70 hp and rear-wheel steering.
The new S is sitting smack in the middle of the offering between the regular Aventador and the flagship grade SV model, packing its own aerodynamic body inspired by the latter. It comes with a more aggressive (if you can say that when dealing with a Lambo) front fascia with modified splitter and bumper with two new side air ducts to assist with downforce duties. The rear end is even more clearly inspired by the SV via the diffuser with vertical fins that lowers drag as well as enhances airflow and increases the supercar’s downforce generation. The middle of the bumper is occupied by three single exhaust tips that signal the newly developed exhaust system which has lost more than 20 percent the weight of the current one. The active rear wing comes with three automatic positions depending on the vehicle’s velocity and selected drive mode.
Because of the extensive aerodynamic modifications, the Aventador S comes with at least 130 percent additional downforce at the front axle compared to the outgoing pre-refresh model. At the back the improvements sit at 50 percent of downforce with the wing in the optimum position, while the low-drag mode has seen an incredible, 400 percent hike. The Aventador S is now dubbed the “LP 740-4,” so the naturally-aspirated V12 6.5-liter engine has been tweaked to boost another 40 horsepower (30 kilowatts) for a total of 740 hp (544 kW) sent to all wheels using a seven-speed ISR gearbox. Torque has remained unchanged, at 509 pound-feet (690 Newton-meters) – with the extra ponies coming from variable valve timing and the variable intake system, with revs also hiked to 8,500 rpm. The sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) will last just 2.9 seconds and the Aventador S tops out at 217 mph (350 kph).
The refreshed model is also Lambo’s first ever production series car fitted with four-wheel steering, which is said to increase the lateral control – but the engineers have also toyed around with the pushrod and magneto-rheological suspension in order to accommodate the new four-wheel steering system. There are also new custom Pirelli P Zero tires that are said to increase handling and traction, as well as braking efficiency. Carbon ceramic brakes are standard and inside the cockpit there’s a new digital instrument cluster with different layouts depending on the selected driving mode: Strada, Sport, Corsa, and the user-configurable Ego. The Aventador S also gets a standard Apple CarPlay compatibility and an optional telemetry system, with sales starting spring 2017 at $421,350 in United States, €281,555 in Europe, and £225,955 in U.K.