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
Which requires ignoring the aural insanity of the 6.5-litre V12 just behind your head, all fire and brimstone and testosterone-fuelled bluster to the F12's clinical, space-age precision. I'm not sure it's a beautiful noise as such. It's too functional for that - drop the dinky screen behind the headrests, and you can hear the whoosh of fuel pumps, the gurgle of liquid and graunch of significant chunks of metal - but it sounds like nothing else on Earth, a vast coal-fired power station jammed into a suitcase.
Previously, we've only driven Aventadors with the steering wheel on the left. This one had it in the right place, which proved a problem. If you ever had the misfortune to drive a RHD Citroen Saxo from the mid-Nineties, you'll remember the joy of its offset pedals, canted way to the left of the footwell, away from the wheelarch. In one of the few similarities between a budget French hatchback and £300,000 Lamborghini supercar, the Aventador's just the same. Worse, possibly. There's nothing where you'd expect the accelerator to be, and an accelerator where you'd expect the brake to be. More than once, I stabbed the throttle when trying to slow down, which is mildly unsettling in a 50bhp Saxo and entirely sphincter-rupturing in a 691bhp Lambo. Left-foot braking proved much safer.