Lamborghini doesn’t mess around with its flagships. It takes its time. The Miura. The Countach. The Diablo. The Murcielago. They span half a century. Each are named after bulls who fought valiantly in the arena throughout history and each mark a significant chapter of Lamborghini history. It is rare for Lamborghini to add flagships to its fleet, and that’s why gear heads around the world sat on the edge of their seats during the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Super car history was made with the announcement of Lamborghini’s new work horse: the Aventador.
Named after a bull who fought in Saragossa, Spain in 1993, the new addition boasts a 6.5L V12 engine and a 7-speed flappy paddle gear box. Designed by Filippo Perini in Italy, the Aventaor was supposed to put handling above top speed on its list of priorities. The perfect example of having your cake and eating it to, accelerating from naught to 60 in 2.9 seconds, the car tops out at 217 mph, making it faster than its big brother, the Murcielago.
While the speed and handling of the car are impressive, what really packs a punch is the body. Referred to as many as “The Bat Mobile”, the Aventador was designed after the F-18 fighter plane. Its mean front end and back end that screams “catch me if you can” make this one of the most ascetically pleasing and ridiculous cars Lamborghini has ever produced, and the consumer seems to agree. Not long after the unveiling Lamborghini announced that it has already sold 12 months worth of production vehicles, a feat any car company would boast. It’s safe to say that the Aventador has earned its spot on Lamborghini’s list of flagship cars.