Vijay Pattni01 March 2011

New Lamborghini Aventador revealed

£202,000 LP700-4 announced at Geneva motor show. You want one

Lamborghini V12 supercar

It's big, it's loud and it's very orange: the successor to the Lamborghini Murcielago has finally broken cover at the Geneva motor show, and it is thus... behold, the Aventador.

First, the name. It continues the firm's long association with famous cheeseburger meats, and Aventador was the name of a ‘particularly courageous' bull that fought a tightly-clothed humanoid in 1993 at the Saragossa Arena, earning the ‘Trofeo de la Pena La Madronera'.

See more pics of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

As you know, the Aventador sports an all-new 6.5-litre V12 engine weighing in at just 235kg which produces 700bhp, 509lb ft and the ability to transport the carbon-fibre bodied, scissor-doored supercar from 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 217mph. Since you're asking, the whole thing weighs 1,575kg - lean, for a two-door instrument of shouty oversteer.

The Aventador gets Lambo's new ISR transmission, claimed to be faster and ‘more emotional' than a dual-clutch system. We hope ‘emotional' doesn't refer to randomly breaking out into Opera or weeping hysterically at traffic lights. Those 700 horses trumpet through the box to all four wheels with an electronically controlled Haldex coupling distributing forces front and rear.

It comes with three driving modes adjusting engine, transmission, diff, steering and dynamic control, and they are ‘Strada' (road), Sport and ‘Corsa' (track). The pushrod suspension - inspired by F1 - is married to aluminium double wishbones and carbon-fibre ceramic brakes, keeping everything light and fighty.

The innards get swathed in ‘premium' materials and a TFT LCD screen akin to a ‘modern airplane', while you can choose from 13 exterior paint colours. If you need to be told, in a Lambo, the brighter the better...

Prices start at £201,900 with first deliveries beginning later this year.

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