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Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 in the super test: sculpture of extreme dynamism

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Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 in the super test
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E s is not like always and everywhere the great, noble promise that gives a relationship stability and substance. It's the small, lovable details that are the key to lasting success.

700 HP and top-class racing technology

That is not to say that the new one, again after a brave Spanish bull from the Spanish Corrida named Lamborghini by and large would not do justice to its mandate. But let's be honest: It should not be easy in everyday life to even begin to discover the sporting talents driven by 700 hp and made tangible by exceptionally high-quality racing technology. Love could cool down quickly, if there wasn't something else that can fuel the passion even in less exciting times.

Whether the investment - in this case almost 330,000 euros - as a worthwhile contribution to increasing the Quality of life can be booked depends on the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 depends on other factors than the possibility of working hand in hand with him to call up the state of maximum performance. After all, the one in this Lambo is only reached at 350 km /h.

Red flap and black button

And yet: There are so lovable formalities like these that make your heart open - and far on this side of any border area. To the bull called Lamborghini Aventador LP 700 -4 from St. Agata to life, the driver is initially required to open a small, red flap on the center tunnel.

Underneath there is something more than just a black button with red writing , with which - objectively speaking - the V12 engine can be started or stopped. The request to be clear about what you are doing and to keep a close eye on the consequences that could arise from it - Top Gun sends its regards. The analogy to weapon technology is not chosen by chance. Even in the cockpit of the LamborghiniAventador LP 700-4, serious consequences cannot be ruled out in the event of careless actions and processes.

Fortunately, however, the dramaturgy that follows at the push of a button is not quite as explosive and serious. The red fuse cover is only a metaphor - not an obstacle.

The V12 hogs the senses

Its very presence rather creates one stimulating, happy expectation, which a little later, when the lid is consciously opened and the button underneath is actually pressed, is followed by a grandiose overture. The six-and-a-half-liter V12, which is located lengthways behind the cockpit and was developed by Lamborghini itself, makes fun of completely captivating the senses of the crew and those who witness the process in the gravitational area of ​​the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.

But don't worry: the ceremony is not so bright and loud that you can hear and see. Nevertheless, it is chosen in such a way that nobody can look the other way and certainly nobody can listen.

The striking design of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 catches the eye

The view from this orange-colored one To want to avert wedge would be to want to act contrary to a basic need that does not obey one's own will. Because the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 embodies, as the Lamborghini designers in the Centro Stile put it, “a work of art of avant-garde design”. Or, as noted elsewhere, “a sculpture of extreme dynamism.” In other words: From the swept front to the extremely flat roof line at a height of 1,136 millimeters to the distinctive diffuser, there is a tense presence.

With its extreme The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 seems to have absorbed the logic of the form-follows-function principle with every atom with sharp lines drawn as if drawn with a knife and the surfaces formed in carbon fiber materials. “We got our inspiration from another sphere of speed and dynamics,” continues the Centro Stile. What is meant is modern aeronautics.

Surface-to-surface missile

Nevertheless, every conscious attempt must go beyond the Wanting to take off at 300 km /h, in view of the aerodynamic power, which is the opposite from the aviator's point of view, are regarded as hopeless. But while we're on high-flyers: In view of the thrust available, the term surface-to-surface missile is certainly not absurd. And a reference to the jet set is easy to establish, given the entrance fee that has to be paid to board this 700-hp projectile. The big Lamborghini twelve-cylinder will certainly be able to acquire the affection of the aforementioned clientele with links, even if their expertise is only sufficient in the rarest of casesis to recognize the true value of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.

The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 has practical traits

But let's stick with what is easy for now can be made accessible: The practical scissor doors, because they swing vertically upwards, allow even the awkward to enter the cockpit with appropriate grandeur. Despite the expansive vehicle width (2.26 meters including exterior mirrors), there are even narrow parking spaces because the doors take up next to no space when opening. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, of all things, an urban gap filler?

Well, wherever it appears and is parked, the good ranks around it are filled in no time. Social envy does not challenge the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4. In its optical and qualitative aloofness, it has left the classes in which these unpleasant emotions of the outside world flourish far behind.

Inspirations from aviation are unmistakable

The offer to try it out in the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700- 4 Taking a seat is regularly accepted with a mixture of awe, respect and great gratitude - “When do you ever sit in a Lamborghini?” Even people who understand a means of transport to be something completely different seem to recognize that it is is an automotive work of art. Your conclusion - “Like in an airplane cockpit” - is actually no accident. The passenger cell - a closed carbon fiber monocoque, by the way - is, like the outer silhouette, slightly swept towards the front in its basic shape. The inspirations from aviation are also evident with regard to the instruments: They are displayed on a liquid crystal flat screen. The large scale in the center shows either the speedometer scale or the tachometer. The other value is displayed digitally.

Better clarity than expected

The times when the driver's seat is forgotten and pedals at Lamborghini were offset because of the wheel arch protruding far into the footwell. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 has learned to adapt: ​​the relationship between the steering wheel and seat height and the pedals and seat are appropriate from an ergonomic point of view. Regardless of the extremely low seat height, there is even sufficient headroom.

Last but not least: the clarity in the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 - even towards the rear - is significantly better than it is in a low-flying aircraft Kalibers, who, according to its formal orientation and technical conception, has only one goal - to storm forward with power and vehemence. By the way: It can also go backwards.

Kraft imAbundance

In view of the abundance of power of the twelve-cylinder that is rumbling behind you, as a driver perfectly integrated into the system, you are well advised to cultivate a forward-looking driving style. Because the sprinting ability of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, which is blessed with all-wheel drive and an automated transmission, is legendary: three seconds to 100 km /h, 9.5 seconds to 200 km /h.

Even the gear spreads of the new, so-called ISR gearbox clearly show the powerhouse of the engine we are dealing with: the first gear extends to 95, the second to 152, the third to 205, the fourth to 254, the fifth to 313 km /h. Theoretically, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 would have a top speed of 383 km /h in sixth gear at top speed. But the forces are not enough for that: At 350 km /h, far beyond what can be done with a clear conscience on German autobahns, engine power and driving resistance are in balance.

Switching time is 50 milliseconds

The new twin-shaft transmission of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 is a special case in two respects. Subjectively, it is a mixture of a conventional, automated manual transmission and a dual-clutch transmission. In the ISR transmission (Independent Shifting Rod), the gear wheels are separate from one another in contrast to conventional designs, i.e. the shift sleeves are operated via mutually independent shift rods. While one shift rod is taking out one gear, the second can engage the next.

Because the movements closely overlap, the procedure is almost perceived as one process. Compared to the equally automated e.gear transmission of the Gallardo, which is already one of the fastest gear changers, the shift time of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 is again reduced by 140 percent - now 50 milliseconds.

Hard Shifting gears in the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

The great advantage of the ISR transmission, which works with synchronizer rings made of Kevlar and an operating pressure of 60 bar: It weighs only 79 kilograms. This makes it significantly lighter than a dual clutch transmission and also has advantages in terms of efficiency. Whether that is relevant in view of the huge engine and its consumption is another matter.

The gearbox, which can be operated by paddle shifters or - optionally - automatically works, works in the fastest of the three driving modes (Strada, Sport, Corsa ) clean the corridors in such a way that sensitive people with great empathy for technical issues grit their teeth.

The actuators push the pairs of gears into one another under such strong pressure that the heads of the occupants are pushed into one another as a result of the jerky frictional connection Power pushes backwards. Lamborghini says: The customer wants it that way. We say: The process is - even ifavoidable by releasing the accelerator at the same time - counterproductive in the current hardship, because a) nobody has yet been able to defeat an opponent with quick gear changes and b) the violent shift jerk can influence driving behavior. At the moment of the load change, at least in curves, a certain 'torque' around the vertical axis in the form of a clearly audible twitch cannot be denied.

The high-speed engine is smooth in comparison

The highly compressed V12, which has the sovereignty of a large-volume, short-stroke high-speed engine, gives a comparatively smooth picture in comparison. The power delivery of the 60-degree engine could not be more even and deceptive. Thanks to the ease with which it generates terrific propulsion from low speeds, you think you are hardly ever too fast. Neither with regard to the do's and don'ts in the public environment, nor with regard to the easily achievable excess speeds that can be achieved on closed courses such as the Nordschleife.

With a speedometer 320, 'real' 305 km /h, Arrows on the Döttinger Höhe in the direction of “Tiergarten” - let's be honest - a situation in which the previously agreed hymn of praise on the subject of performance reserves can easily get stuck in your throat. Nice to know that at least the health of the roaring V12 is never at stake, even under such conditions.

A total of eight oil pumps suck the lubricant from the lower bedplate, which is screwed to the crankcase. A high-pressure oil pump keeps the lubrication going, while an oil /water cooler and an oil /air cooler keep the thermals of this large combustion engine in the green area, even under the highest loads.

Considerable mass of 1,794 kilograms

This type of dry sump lubrication allows the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 to be installed 60 millimeters lower than the Murciélago, the twelve-cylinder At 235 kilograms, it weighs roughly the same as the chassis in which it is centrally integrated. The weight of the carbon fiber monocoque, including its front and rear aluminum mounting frames, is estimated by the factory at 229.5 kilograms.

Speaking of weights: In view of the individual items listed for chassis and engine, it is almost hard to believe that the total balance shows 1,794 kilograms. The good thing about it is: You don't really feel the substantial mass. Subjectively, thanks to the extremely relaxed handling of the weighty all-wheel drive vehicle and the agility on the chassis side, you might think you're confronted with a 1.4-tonne truck.

Everything has its price

When you look into the equipped with all technical and luxury featuresThe pulpit of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, the thermodynamically and aerodynamically necessary accessories around it and the aggregate collection that the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 needs to achieve its ambitious goals, one comes to the conclusion that the additional kilos but not entirely in vain.

The all-wheel drive with electronically controlled Haldex clutch, self-locking differential on the rear axle and an electronic differential lock controlled by the ESP at the front also contribute to this impression, as do the elaborate push rod suspensions where the The spring /damper elements are not attached to the wheel carrier, but rather on the inside of the body structure of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 and are moved via push rods and lever systems. Everything has its price.

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