28 Feb
Finally, the Murcielago's replacement sees the light of day

As the Geneva Motor Show approaches, the unveilings for much-anticipated supercars only increase. After seemingly endless years of speculation, leaked teaser shots and white noise-level hype, Lamborghini has finally unveiled images and stats to the successor of its vaunted Murciélago ultra supercar: the Aventador LP700-4. The Aventador is an entirely fresh sheet design for Lamborghini — a 691 horsepower replacement for its previous V12 monster the Murciélago; although completely new, the engine does inherit a lot from its predecessor. But visually and internally the car is quite an upgrade: other than a razor-like aesthetic scalping — which renders the Aventador with the precise angular slices of the Reventon — the Aventador also drops much needed weight by switching the steel frame of the Murciélago with a monocoque carbon fiber frame. That sheds several hundred pounds — notching a final dry weight of 3472 pounds. The Aventador LP700-4 comes standard with satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and iPod port, with options like three matte colors (black, white, and brown) to choose from (along with the usual allotment of shiny paint sheens), as well as an optional transparent engine cover, parking distance sensors and a rear-mounted camera. As usual for all of Sant’Agata’s children (with the exception of the very limited edition Balboni), the Aventador will only be available as AWD and, for the first time for a Lambo, will not be available in manual — only a single-clutch, seven-speed paddle-shifted automated manual dubbed ISR (Independent Shifting Rod). Huge brakes bring the Aventador to a quick halt (15.7″ six-piston caliper brakes in front, and 15.0″ four-piston calipers in the rear), which will come in handy when trying to corale all that power. The 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 is slated to hit showrooms in August of this year with a pricetag of $379,700.

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