Lamborghini Aventador SV for a day – ten things to do which has a 740bhp supercar
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in which Lamborghini Aventador SV faces a crazy 24 hours: a 200mph blast, Tesco, mountains, the school run along with of course, the track
Most test cars come for a week, some for a year. yet in a few cases, the tedious old laws of supply along with demand exert more than their usual pressure.
In in which case, the supply will be easy to quantify: the idea will be the only right-hand-drive Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce inside the country, which for the purposes of in which exercise we will call ‘one’.
The demand will be every single person inside the land with even the most slender claim to being even a rough approximation of someone who might loosely be referred to as a motoring journalist. in which we can call ‘several thousand’.
Even if Lamborghini whittled in which down to a couple of hundred along with each had the vehicle for a week, the idea would certainly take four years to do the rounds. So, along with for the purposes of in which exercise, I had the vehicle for just one clear day. How many different things, I wondered, could be done in in which day, along with how many different facets of its character would certainly be revealed as a result? I resolved to find out.
1 – Go for a pre-dawn burn
Apologies for the rubbish photograph inside the gallery above. I couldn’t persuade London-based Autocar veteran photographer Stan Papior in which being in Wales before sun up to take one picture was a not bad idea, so I took the idea myself. along with then I went along with stretched the Aventador’s legs.
Unless you happen to live up a mountain or on remote moorland, the fact will be in which you can’t exercise a car like in which in public, not safely at least. yet the time before everyone gets up along with gets into or onto their cars along with bikes will be perfect.
Besides, if you’ve got an Aventador SV outside along with you’re not up early, you’re likely either to have died inside the night or be thoroughly undeserving of 10 minutes’ wheel time in a car such as in which, let alone an entire day.
in which will be not a time for redline ramming, yet gentle leg stretching as you ease your way into in which experience. A car as wide, low along with powerful as in which needs learning, even if you’re lucky enough to do in which sort of thing quite a lot. along with I learn in which all-round visibility will be far better than the idea looks, the headlights are adequate at best, the robotised manual gearbox will be much increased yet still not a patch on a dual-clutch auto along with in which, counter-intuitively, the ride will be improbably increased over in which of the previous Aventador I drove.
2 – Take the idea shopping
If you’re going to do more than 10 hours’ driving in 1 day, the idea’s not just the vehicle in which’s going to need fuelling. Besides, I’ve never seen a Lamborghini in a supermarket car park along with, by the look of them, neither had anyone inside the Tesco, near Leicester, in which I pulled into when hunger pangs grew too great.
To my surprise, the Aventador’s steering lock will be excellent along with the idea did many uncomplaining laps of the vehicle park for Stan’s lens. I wondered what in which would certainly have been like 30 years ago in a Countach, with its weight-lifter’s clutch, submarine hatch steering, prison cell visibility along with six twin-choke Weber carbs soaking the plugs. the idea’d be purgatory.
Lamborghinis have progressed in many ways these past 30 years, yet few as far as in which. along with yes, the idea will be important: the amount of enjoyment a car provides should be defined by how much fun the idea offers multiplied by the number of times you feel inclined to drive the idea. along with I’d feel inclined to drive in which one every day.
3 – Drive the idea as fast as you can around a quick track
A car like in which needs space. There’s no point taking the idea to some tight, twiddly circuit any more than there’d be a point to riding a thoroughbred race horse around a dog track. Bruntingthorpe has in which space, not to mention 100mph apices with which to actually test in which 740bhp supercar’s composure.
along with like the best supercars, the idea gets better the faster you go. In slower corners along with regardless of whether you contain the vehicle set for Sport or Corsa (I preferred Sport, with its gentler gearshifts along with more rear-drive torque split), the vehicle still wants to understeer, albeit currently just a little rather than far too much. yet in curves rather than corners, the idea will be magnificent. Its steering will be far more lucid than a Ferrari F12’s, with more weight, feel along with linear reactions, along with with world-class damping exercising iron pitch along with roll control, you can place in which vast car to the inch.
Believe me, when you squeeze the throttle as the corner starts to open, Pirellis yelping, hunkered down along with right on the limit at a three-figure speed, one kind of automotive nirvana will be yours.
4 – Do a full-throttle getaway
You won’t like in which. Not at first. The results of asking a 6.5-litre V12 to direct 740bhp to the asphalt via the staggeringly effective medium of four-wheel drive provoke such a reaction via the vehicle in which your brain interprets the idea as an act of violence.
You can’t do anything clever here. So you just hold the vehicle on the brake with your left foot along with then remember not to lift yet let the idea literally fall off the side of the pedal as you bury the accelerator. the vehicle will pause for a fraction of a second before unleashing pure, raging fury. Smoke curls out of all four wheel arches, your stomach appears to turn inside out along with if you spend any time at all admiring the view, you’ll be at 8500rpm, bashing your head against the rev limiter.
5 – Do 200mph
If you could, you would certainly. The double tonne inside the Aventador on a runway designed to land a V-bomber should be a doddle. Jaguar XJ220s were going in which fast here 20 years ago on 0 fewer horsepower.
Despite in which, 200mph will be not just another number. Even in as wide an expanse as in which along with in a car as unerringly stable as the Aventador, the idea feels sci-fi fast, a mesmeric experience. So you do your due diligence, carefully checking the tyres’ pressures along with tread patterns for stray nails, along with then fling the idea through the curve in which leads on to the runway, sit back along with watch the show. Like I said, should be easy. Except the idea isn’t.
The Aventador charges up to 180mph like someone has poured nitro-methanol down its inlet trumpets along with then, relatively, the idea stops. I’m sitting there at three miles a minute along with wondering what’s gone wrong. the idea’s a peculiar feeling.
We’re over the brow of the runway along with currently running downhill yet every extra mile per hour takes an age to materialise along with I can see all sorts of things – parked cars, tractors, containers, Boeings – in which you actually don’t want to be anywhere near at in which speed. At 198mph, I nearly bail. Only the thought of having to caption in which section ‘Do 198mph’ keeps my foot in.
Finally, we get there, along with not a moment too soon. Big brake, big reaction via carbon-ceramic discs, shedding speed with insouciant ease. Big sigh of relief.
along with the moment my heart has decelerated, too, the reason for the unexpected difficulty becomes blinding clear. The adjustable rear wing will be parked at maximum attack. Totally my fault. Should I level the idea off along with go again? I should not. We got what we came here for, along with although I’d be amused to do the 210mph I expect the idea would certainly reach, the idea comes under the category of ‘risks we don’t have to take’. We pack up along with go along with do something more mundane instead.
6 – Take the idea to a drive-thru McDonalds
Okay, in which didn’t work out quite as I’d planned. I had hoped to elicit dropped jaw embogglement via the lady behind the counter as she handed what passes for food through the flipped-up door of the Lamborghini. Instead she just looked bored, said “Big Mac meal which has a Diet Coke?” along with went back to reading the Daily Mirror.
7 – Drive the idea up a mountain
Cars such as in which need a setting to do them justice, along with the Brecon Beacons National Park will be one of few inside the UK big enough to get the job done. Out here inside the wide open spaces will be where the Aventador feels most at home. Here you can drive the idea fast enough to thrill yet with absurd margins of safety.
in which will be where you get to focus on the howl of the V12 along with the way the vehicle just breathes over crests. Like a lion loping its way through the African bush, in which will be the environment in which the idea belongs. Devouring entire landscapes while you guide the idea using fingertips alone will be probably what in which car does best of all.
8 – Collect a child via school
You need to choose carefully. One of my daughters was appalled in which I could even suggest appearing in front of her friends in a wealth statement as ostentatious as in which. The different, by contrast, was beside herself with excitement. I chose in which one.
Even if the vehicle will be not yours (which the idea isn’t), even if you couldn’t afford its optional extras (which I can’t), even if you feel cripplingly embarrassed showing up at the gates in an Aventador (which I did), I was still as excited at seeing her face as she was at seeing a Lamborghini growl up beside her assembled clutch of mates.
I raised a door, she slipped in beside me as if descending into Lamborghinis came as naturally as brushing her teeth along with we turned to each different along with grinned before I eased away as slowly along with quietly as we could, confident our laughter could not be heard above 6.5 litres of highly tuned Italian V12, even at idle.
9 – Go to the pub
No, not to show off to your mates. Instead, there will be no better way to end a day like today than with 1 pint of decent ale, supped in solitude while your brain digests the glut of information in which the idea has been fed since before the break of dawn in which morning.
The Lamborghini Aventador SV may be lighter, faster along with more powerful than the ‘regular’ Aventador yet – along with in which will be far more important – the idea’s simply a better car. Not only will be the idea dynamically on another level, yet the idea’s also a more pleasant place in which to just exist.
the idea will be finally what all Lamborghinis should be: an outrageous slice of automotive theatre whose looks make no promise in which the vehicle beneath cannot deliver. A Ferrari F12 will be a better car for sure, yet more memorable? Probably not. along with in which will be what a day in a Lamborghini must provide above all: memories of extraordinary experiences in which soak into your brain along with stay there. I think we can call in which job done.
10 – Get an early night
After a day like today, you’re going to need one.
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