Grope for the door handle and with a tug the big scissor door hinges up leaving you an egress over broad sills that will make men look ridiculous and rob women of their dignity. Once in there, the seats are comfortable and cosseting. The dashboard design, reminiscent of video war games, is looking a tiny bit dated these days, with its lurid graphics on the instrument binnacle and the matt-black military-style switches. There are now four main driving modes, Strada (Street), Sport, Corsa (track) and Ego, a new setting which allows you to customise the steering, throttle response, four-wheel steering and the magneto rheological adjustable damping response. The fact is, however, as soon as I put the car into anything but Strada, the twitching over- and understeer response on the flooded track and ultra slippery roads was scary and not absolutely predictable.
Part of the problem is that gearbox, which is unlike a twin-clutch or automatic unit in that it wavers before changing if you are light on the throttle and horribly brutal if you are on it like marmalade on toast. So brutal in fact that in Corsa mode, the gearchange actually causes the car to start sliding. Then there's that steering, which is ultra sharp, partly as a result of the rear steering system, which adds almost twice the lock of rival systems. At low speeds the wheels turn up to three degrees in opposite direction to the fronts and at high speeds, they turn up to 1.5 degrees in the same direction. This results in an effective wheelbase reduction of 500mm at low speeds and an increase of 700mm at high speeds, which should make the car feel more agile at low speeds, more stable at high speeds, but can also make the helm feel darty, which in this case it does.
Away from the track on admittedly slippery roads, the Aventador S felt more mannered and docile, but still very fast and not something you'd want to take liberties with. And this, of course, is partly what you pay for when you dig deep for a Lamborghini; a nearer-to-the-edge-of-the-cliff feel that other car makers draw back from – well that and the intoxicating noise. You'll pay about £260,040 for the Aventador S and that's exactly as it should be, a gorgeous, big, super fast car that sits you in its figure-hugging embrace and asks a lot of searching questions about your ability as a driver, which not many can honestly answer. Great isn't it!
Photography by Charlie Magee