Speed Week: Forza Italia
Twenty cylinders, £405,000 and 1,145bhp all wrapped up in two beautiful packages
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
12.10pm And today just keeps getting better. Up into the cool, woody Apennines - the twisted spine of Italy separating the plains of Modena from the jagged west coast - and onto the sort of buckled road a travel guide would euphemistically describe as "challenging". Mad camber, tightening hairpins, smashed tarmac - this one's got the lot. It should be, in a V12 hypercar, a recipe for Mafia-spec intimidation. But the big Lambo is simply stunning up here. No surprise it's preposterously fast, but it's the composure that really shocks, the huge footprint seemingly shrinking about you as it darts into the sharp switchbacks. It's so composed, in fact, that the Aventador makes its near-700bhp seem a reasonable, accessible amount of power.