ZINVO's Favorite Cars: Lamborghini Aventador SV
Hold your horses because, in this edition of our fave cars series, we go for a spin in the incredible Lamborghini Aventador SV. And we brought along two of our favorite ZINVO men's watches too: the Blade Silver and the Blade Venom.
Lamborghini’s raging bull logo is an excellent representation of the supercar manufacturer. They just keep producing vehicles that go head first into pushing the limits of design and performance. It wasn’t enough that Lamborghini released the Aventador, so they decided to release the Aventador SV.
Just like most Lamborghini model names, the Aventador is named after a champion bull. SV also stands for Super Veloce or "Super Fast" in Italian. But what’s so different about the SV compared to the original Aventador? For one, they improved the naturally aspirated V12. Furthermore, they also made the car lighter. And finally, they added the magnetorheological push-rod suspension (magnetic shocks) and the Lamborghini Dynamic Steering System. Basically, Lamborghini added 50 horsepower and dropped around 100 lb of weight for the SV version. Faster and lighter—a desirable combo indeed.
On the exterior, they added a fixed carbon fiber rear spoiler to increase downforce and added fixed carbon fiber air intakes, which increases oxygen to the engine. Yet another change is a new exhaust system, which has freed up the internals of the engine making it sound much louder—even at lower RPMs. What do all these changes add up to? Well, another $100K tagged on to the cost, making the final base price of around $500,000!
Lamborghini knows how to make engines. The Aventador SV has a naturally aspirated 6.5L DOHC 48-Valve V-12, capable of 740 horsepower, and 509 lb-ft of torque @8500 RPM. This rear-mounted engine powers all four wheels in conjunction with a 7-speed auto-clutch manual transmission bringing this 4,000 lb supercar to 0-60MPH in 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 220 MPH!
There's no need for traditional stability control systems since the magnetic shocks and dynamic steering makes it naturally stable. It’s a fantastic drive around the course and the car hugs the roads while bursting into extreme speeds on the straightaways. It is rumored to be faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder on the Nurburgring Race Track, but that is an unofficial claim as of now.
One of the coolest looking Lamborghinis since the Countach, the Aventador SV’s lines are just as sharp but are more aggressive due to modern aerodynamics designs aided by computers. The Aventador is also extremely low, but there is a front axle lifting system in order to clear obstacles without scratching the bottom of the vehicle. Carbon ceramic brakes come standard on the Aventador SV and do a great job stopping the car even at great speeds.
The sports seats on the Aventador are made with great Italian leather and cradle the driver and passenger. However, the seats move as one unit forwards and backward only. Remember, this is a race car and not a luxury car.
The gauge cluster is one solid LCD screen reminiscent of a modern fighter jet. Also showing an influence from the aerospace industry is the start button located in the middle of the center console cluster. A big red lever needs to be lifted before pressing the “start engine” button—just like the buttons found for launching missiles. The gauge cluster also features a “G-Meter,” which measures the G-Forces exerted on the car from every direction, again, another influence from fighter jets.
Unlike fighter jets, the Aventador SV offers three driving modes: Strada (road), Sport and Corsa (race course), and they are all finely tuned for their purpose. Don’t be fooled though, driving the Aventador SV in any mode will raise your adrenaline levels and most likely get you a speeding ticket.
Lamborghini continually creates vehicles that live up to their brand identity. Rarely do they make a supercar not worthy of awe, and the Aventador SV is a testament to their dedication to making people’s jaws drop.