How is the 2017 £225,955 Aventador S different from that breathtaking Italian statement of speed and styling that stunned the world at its unveiling in 2011? It couldn’t really get any more extrovert, but it could get more powerful, more dynamic, more agile and more aerodynamic, and that’s exactly what Lamborghini has done. Along with giving it the rear wheelarches of the Countach!
The Aventador S is much more mid-life refresh than new car but inside that carbon-fibre monocoque are some significant technical updates, including the headline addition of four-wheel steering and 40 more horses from the 6.5-litre V12 – still a turbo-free zone, praise be.
But first that body. Lambo design boss Mitja Borkert says the look is subtly cleaner, less fussy and with cues from the Aventador’s ancestor in the mid-engined V12 family, the Countach – not just that distinctive rear wheelarch shape but also the air intakes. There’s a new black diffuser along with “spaceship inspired” central exhaust pod, while up front the nose and splitter are all new.
They look it too, especially head on, but what you can’t see are the aero improvements which are said to be considerable, both in increasing downforce and improving engine and brake cooling. Front downforce is said to have increased by 130 per cent over the S’s predecessor. The active rear wing does a better job as well, with a 50 percent boost in its high downforce position and 400 per cent more pressure in the low drag setting. Which should make for a less white knuckle ride at the car’s 217mph top speed…