Ferrari F12 vs Aventador vs Vanquish
The finest V12s from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin head to wildest Scotland for a 36-cylinder shoot-out. Stand back
Posted: 30 May 2014
It did. The next day, it rained. In fact, ‘rain' doesn't really do justice to the atmospheric conditions in which west Scotland specialises, somehow packing more water into every droplet than rain manages in the rest of the world. In these situations, it is only polite to grab the keys to the Aventador, as it boasts 4WD, thus lowering the likelihood of ending up backwards and soggy in a loch from ‘near certain' to just ‘fairly probable'.
Though both range-topping V12s from flamboyant Italian companies, the F12 and Aventador are as different as fencing épée and five-foot claymore. For starters, just look at the Lambo. It's from Page One of the How to Draw a Supercar rulebook, all slashes and slats and furiously slanted screen. On the trip north, the Ferrari barely got a glance (you Luddites), while vans would veer across two lanes for a closer look at the Aventador.
You enter the Ferrari as you enter, well, a car, but getting into the Aventador - at least with roof panels in place, as they must be when the ambient conditions are 80 per cent liquid - involves a sort of deconstructed Fosbury Flop, flipping up the scissor door before rolling across the foot-wide carbon sill and down into a seat apparently located some inches below the tarmac.
The Aventador also, you discover within approximately three metres of setting off, rides one hell of a lot harder than the Ferrari. It's so utterly unforgiving over bumps that you wonder whether the Lambo suspension team simply ditched the notion of springs and dampers in favour of a couple of sturdy girders and four-inch bolts, the Aventador bouncing and thumping and snorting out every crack and camber in the tarmac. It is, I discovered as we swung north from Crianlarich - gunmetal clouds clinging to Britain's loftiest hills - a car that demands every inch of your concentration to keep it on the straightahead.