2013 Lamborghini Aventador

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2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster Front Three Quarter Motion 3
Let's play a game of pretend. Let's pretend that the dude who's able to drop a half-mill-something for the top-of-the-range, screw-sanity Lamborghini Aventador Roadster actually cares about how it drives -- about throttle tip-in, the ministrations of the differential, how strenuously the back end wiggles under brain-pan-smushing decelerations. Let's pretend that he won't drop $445,300 (and maybe $70K in options) and head straight for South Beach to see how many halter-top-wearing hotties he can cram into the leather passenger seat before Miami's vice squad takes notice.
Lamborghini launched the topless version of the Aventador in -- claro que si! -- South Beach. Italians have never been afraid to embrace cliche, especially when it's working for them, and under the vast umbrella of the VW Group, Lamborghini is doing quite well indeed, thank you. The headed-for-pasture Gallardo was its bestselling model ever, and more than 1200 examples of the Aventador can be found bedazzling locals from Boston to Beijing.
Fortunately, before crabbing along in auto mode on bumper-to-booty-packed Ocean Drive, we opened up the Aventador's 691 hp at Homestead-Miami Speedway. And? Well, in the grand tradition of monster Lambo flagships, the Roadster is kind of a hot mess. And in the continuing tradition of said monster flagships, we're kind of all right with that.
The Roadster sees a few changed mechanics from the original coupe, including cylinder deactivation and an auto stop/start system on the 6.5-liter V-12. (Oh, the gas savings! Eh...) Those changes are being ported over to the coupe as well, so the internals are the exact same.
The top of the carbon-fiber monocoque tub was guillotined away, and extra reinforcements were added to the sills to compensate for the loss of stiffness. The result is an additional 110 pounds.
Unfortunately, the springs and dampers have also been tweaked to give a softer ride on both models -- a result, Lambo execs say, of customer input. (Read: complaints from butt-sore spouses.) This makes the ride more palatable on questionable asphalt and/or Ocean Drive, but on sweepers with heavy cornering loads, the suspension goes squishy, even when riding on optional Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. The Roadster's wheels, by the way, are 20 inches up front, 21 rear, so as to look even more awesome around South Beach.
As expected, the car is steroidal and maniacal, excellent qualities when your hands are totally open on the steering wheel, your gas foot sucked to the floor and the right paddle triggered at every redline. Top down, it's your own personal wind tunnel, flipping eyelids inside out. Sixty-two mph comes in three seconds, top speed is 217 mph, even with the top off.
Nuance just ain't its thing. That massive mid-mounted engine has enough torque to topple oak trees (509 lb-ft at 5500 rpm), but using it in any measured way is a curious business. In Sport and Corsa modes, the gas pedal has two essential characters: off and blunderbuss blast. There is very little in between. It's impervious to moderation. Try easing into the throttle, and you'll be met with a short, lumpy pause -- hello? -- before a concussive slap of power causes the entire frame to unsettle. Lamborghini execs aren't unaware, and the software may see future tweaks. Add this to the tendency for this big, wide car to understeer, and big, slow corners become a lesson in Taoist patience. Or you can get a little sneaky.
Sport mode oddly allows more slip than Corsa, channeling 90 percent of torque bias to the rear wheels, versus only 80 in track mode. We found that the fastest way to conquer slow corners was to stick to Sport, get all braking done extra early -- and the brakes are phenomenal -- then come completely off both pedals as you round a big turn. At the apex, goose the gas to induce that sledgehammer torque, setting up just enough slip to get the nose pointed the right way early. Then, slam it.
Along the way, there will be lurches, bucking, and very wonderful exclamations from the twelve-cylinder perched behind your noggin. The entire operation isn't always pretty, but it is guaranteed hoot-worthy. After all, if you were looking for al fresco delights married to ideal dynamics, you'd be rereading the review of the McLaren MP4-12C Spider, which is like a too-perfect dinner guest compared with the Lambo's lampshade-on-the-head buffoonery.
Besides, the Aventador's primary purpose, the place where it lives, is to entertain. And that it does. Start with the design. It is unquestionably an Aventador -- wider than a barn, shorter than a Hobbit, edges sharp enough to give paper cuts. Scissors doors, but of course. The reality-defying, Barbie-esque proportions are compounded when the roof is off. The car is simply bad-ass in real life.
The rear engine hood has been reworked. Stacked glass plates cover the engine, with a spine running down the center. It is a show stopper. But retaining the peek-a-boo view to the engine meant that the top could not be an automatic. Instead of a folding hard top or canvas covering, we get two carbon-fiber pieces (each weighing 13.2 pounds) which snap into place. In other words, it is human operated, just like a Camaro T-top of yore.
Snapping the roof on or off isn't an easy-peasy process. But it's child's play compared with storing the two pieces in the front trunk, where they're ensconced in an overly elaborate shelving system. Think of a real-life game of Tetris, with you blind folded and a sizable crowd gathered to watch.
We see a lot of future divorces beginning here. "You bought a half million dollar car and you can't even figure out how to get the roof back on?"
No worries there. The newly single owner can simply return to South Beach in his shiny Aventador and begin the wooing process anew. The Roadster is made for that.
2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster
Price: $445,300/$482,820 (base/as tested)
6.5-liter DOHC 48-valve V-12
Horsepower: 691 hp @ 8250 rp
Torque: 509 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed auto-clutch manual
Drive: All-wheel
L x W x H:
188.2 x 79.9 x 44.7 in
Headroom: 36.6 in (top up)
Legroom: 36.8 in
Curb Weight: 4180 lb (est.)
Fuel economy: 11/18 mpg (city/highway, est.)
2013 Lamborghini Aventador
2013 Lamborghini Aventador

New For 2013

The Aventador gains automatic stop/start and cylinder deactivation to increase fuel economy while cruising. Lamborghini has also tweaked the standard suspension. A new 20- or 21-inch Dione wheel is optional, as are more pieces of carbon fiber trim on various interior and exterior surfaces.


The Lamborghini Aventador replaced the Murciélago, and those were some pretty big shoes to fill. As one of the world’s preeminent supercars, the Murciélago was devastatingly quick and, despite its demure-for-Lambo looks, loud and brash. The Aventador takes a big step forward, technologically speaking. Its seven-speed transmission uses only one clutch but is lighter than comparable dual-clutch setups, and it snaps off gearshifts like a machine gun. Power comes from a 6.5-liter V-12, which manages to be cleaner and more efficient than the old engine while amping up the power to a mind-blowing 691 horses. The Aventador uses carbon-fiber construction throughout its body (the passenger cell is one solid tub of carbon fiber), which keeps weight down despite the car’s hulking size. With styling reminiscent of the Sesto Elemento concept car, the Aventador draws visual comparisons to a jet fighter, but it could draw performance comparisons, too. The Aventador can go from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds and tops out at 217 mph, putting it in a very elite club of 200-plus-mph supercars. The Aventador is the ultimate metamorphosis of the Italian sports car. For those with the money to spend, having an Aventador in the garage is a one-way ticket to a world of speed and striking looks.


ABS; front, side, and knee air bags; and traction and stability control are standard.

You'll like:

  • A brash visual statement
  • Inevitable comparisons to the Batmobile

You won't like:

  • Ultraexpensive
  • Transmission can be harsh
  • A cop magnet

Key Competitors For The 2013 Lamborghini Aventador

  • Ferrari 458 Italia
  • Lexus LFA
  • McLaren MP4-12C
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster Rear View Door Open
For some, the ultimate road trip car might be a Chevrolet Suburban or a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But when the roads are curvy and mountainous, and cost is no object, why not go big? That's exactly what Motor Trend's Arthur St. Antoine decided when he took the 2013 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster to Montana to enjoy some of the state's epic natural beauty, as well as stretch the legs of Lamborghini's ultimate raging bull.
2000th Lamborghini Aventador LP700 4
If you think the Lamborghini Avendator is quick off the line, you would be correct. But not only can it make the dash from 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds, the company has also just had the 2000th copy of the supercar dash off the production line.
2015 Lamborghini Aventador SV Prototype Left View
We’ve heard a more potent version of the Lamborghini Aventador is on the way, and may have our first look at the car today. A yellow Aventador that could be a mule for the 2015 Aventador SuperVeloce was spied testing at the Nurburgring.
Lamborghini Aventador LP720 4 50 Anniversario Front Three Quarter
There's no doubting the Lamborghini Aventador is a potent addition to the bull brand's stable. Now, Lambo plans to launch an even more extreme version, the limited-edition LP720-4 50 Anniversario, at the Shanghai Motor Show this week. These leaked photos from German buff book Autobild give us our first look at the upcoming special model.
2013 Lamborghini Aventador Front Three Quarter Dubai Police
We've long known that Dubai is one of the most lavishly appointed places on earth, with its seven-star hotels and miles of tarmac filled with supercars. With well-to-do citizens racing up and down streets in high-priced sports cars, the question is: how do you catch them? Dubai Police's answer: with more supercars.

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2013 Lamborghini Aventador Specifications

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6.5L V12Engine
Fuel economy City:
11 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
17 MPG
700 hp @ 8250rpm
509 ft lb of torque @ 5500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
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IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
IIHS Front Small Overlap
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