Lieberman Drives the Final Lamborghini Aventador Model

I’m attempting to figure out just how lots of Aventadors I’ve pushed considering that Lamborghini released the Batmobile-searching freaksled back again in 2012. It truly is a 1st-environment trouble of the 1st buy, I’m conscious. At the bare least, I have been behind the wheel of a dozen of them, and that’s counting the nuts-trousers $2-million-in addition Centenario. I know I drove at least two of the authentic Aventador LP700-4s. Each had been quite negative to travel, complete with a transmission that appreciated to overheat in reverse. I drove the exact exact same 50th Anniversary Roadster all around the two Miami and Wildwood, New Jersey (do not check with). I goofed all over with two illustrations of the everything’s-been-set Aventador SVs, 1 of my all-time-favored autos. I think I drove an SV Roadster, as well. Some form of Roadster in that vein, anyway. I got to engage in with two examples of the midcycle Aventador S, which, like the Centenario, came packing all-wheel steering. I have used time with at the very least two (former) Nürburgring King SVJs, while probably there was a 3rd? And I just put 400 miles on the final Aventador, the LP780 4 Ultimae. Very well, previous until the Ultimae Roadster arrives. Anyhow, I consider I am at a baker’s dozen, and possibly 14 of them.

Am I bragging? Naturally! But I’m also attempting to set up that I am a little something of a matter matter pro when it arrives to Lambo’s snarling V-12 array-topper. If I had to summarize the Aventador in just a handful of words and phrases, I would say it was a charming previous struggle ax. The car or truck is chock-entire of automotive evolutionary dead finishes, goods the car or truck planet will under no circumstances see once more, like the car’s preposterous 7-speed ISR transmission. ISR stands for “independent shifting rods,” so as an alternative of owning two clutches like virtually every other tremendous/hypercar in existence, the ISR keeps odd gears on one particular shaft, even gears on the other, and then sizzling-swaps the rods again and forth every equipment change. Advantage? When you have the Aventador in Corsa (keep track of mode) and the engine is buzzing at all-around 8,500 rpm, the shifts—both up and down—are fast-hearth and intense, like another person receiving shivved on your favored jail present. The draw back? Most of the rest of the time the shifts are languid to the issue the vehicle feels drunk. Totally strange. Hateable a ten years ago, oddly endearing these times.

I do find it humorous how issues soften over time. Most likely I’m accomplishing the most softening, but I keep in mind staying certainly crestfallen when, throughout a photoshoot with the to start with Aventador I at any time drove, the transmission overheated (as I outlined) when backing up a slight incline. “Worst Lamborghini ever,” I am positive I considered to myself in my very best Simpsons Comedian E book Guy inner voice. Coincidentally, former MotorTrend photographer Michael Shaffer (the one who had me reversing the thing in the to start with put) took place to be in city whilst I had possession of the Ultimae. I enable him have a go, and in 100 toes he introduced, “I’d overlooked how bizarre this transmission is! The auto stops going forward between gears!” You will need to place it in at least Activity method, I defined, clicking the correct arrow when. Even so, that actually won’t aid matters significantly. Again in the day, other solitary-clutch automated handbook transmission autos existed (Lexus LFA, Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, Smart ForTwo), and I despised them all. And yet … possibly Lamborghini dramatically improved the ISR (it did not) or time softened the blows.

When you create for a living (hi, Mother!), you usually try to be authentic. Which is why it really is so agonizing and frustrating that my stupid good friend/colleague Kyle Fortune so correctly summarized the Ultimae driving experience: “All the points that made the Aventador a bit shit again when it was new make it appealing and pleasurable today.” Nailed it. The bastard continues, calling it “a carbon-tubbed enigma which is bettered by numerous, but as it bows out reminds us what is amazing if you essentially love driving.” The reality of the above strike me when my good friend Misha Mansoor (higher than) parked his McLaren 765LT Spider up coming to the matte grey raging bull. Equally cars make as well much ability (755 hp for the 765LT, 769 for the Ultimae), and each are produced up pretty much completely of carbon fiber. “Very same-identical,” as my child utilised to say before he could absolutely communicate. Still someway the Lamborghini manages to weigh 1,000 kilos much more than the McLaren. All-wheel push and 4 additional cylinders is section of it (but no turbos or intercoolers), but dang, that’s hefty. Don’t forget when I referred to as the matter a fight ax? Have you at any time swung a massive ax? A great deal of power, yes, but oh so significant. Also, as it turns out, fairly lovable.

Speaking of have-you-evers, have you ever noticed the remake of Battlestar Galactica? If you haven’t, the evil Cylons productively attack humanity mainly since the modern-day warships are so networked jointly that a one, uncomplicated personal computer virus can disable the complete Earth fleet and its accompanying defenses. Nevertheless, an outdated warhorse like the Galactica functions pcs that won’t be able to all chat to just about every other, so the virus would not function. The Cylons are compelled to consider to demolish it the old-fashioned way, with lasers and nukes. The clearly show goes on like that for five seasons. My level is twofold. 1, just for the reason that something’s new does not quickly make it improved. And two, sometimes automobiles that aren’t observed as cutting-edge still serve a superior, even excellent, intent. Sometimes they are, in truth, totally superb. The Aventador Greatest is just one this kind of motor vehicle. I indicate supercar. Or is that hypercar? The traces are blurred.

What’s the Aventador Ultimae like to drive? Completely friggin’ magnificent. There is certainly a theater to a V-12 Lamborghini that’s fundamentally absent from the relaxation of the automotive place. Yeah, Ferrari will make the 812 Superfast with its fantabulous V-12 and almost best twin-clutch transmission. But the doors open up like the doorways on your Honda, reported V-12 is not found at the rear of your head, and the Ferrari isn’t going to glance like it was pulled straight from the centre of a 14-yr-old’s mind. Then you can find the physicality of the car. It is really about 80 inches wide, which can make it broader than a complete-dimensions American pickup truck. That’s nuts! The Ultimae snarls, snaps, crackles, and pops as before long as you’re earlier mentioned 3,000 rpm. In spite of almost everything, and possibly since it’s an SVJ with the extravagant aero components plucked off, the remaining evolution of the Aventador is a brutal joy to push. I felt like I might been boxing a heavyweight all the way up the mountain immediately after one particular especially intense canyon blast. And I experienced, in the greatest feasible perception of the metaphor. I am sucking wind and smiling just imagining about it.

My rumor mill tells me the unique title for the Ultimae was to be the Aventador SJ, and that a person of the initially matters Stephan Winklemann did when he retook the whip at Lamborghini was to bin the SJ identify in favor of Ultimae. Which is Latin for “past.” That Winklemann’s a smart cookie. Many persons I showed the Ultimae to for the duration of my 5 days of stewardship commented that it can be fundamentally an, “SVJ Touring,” in reference to the truth that like a GT3 Touring, the Ultimae is just an SVJ with the wing ripped off. I suppose that is true, although actually, it truly is an oversimplification. There is a thing special about this previous hurrah, one thing truly worth wondering about—worth relishing and truly worth remembering. The Ultimae is the last, and it is likely out, not specifically on top rated, but undoubtedly on a significant notice. Logically, certain, you can poke a large amount of holes in the Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae. But emotionally? If you do not like this great old monster, you might be lifeless inside of. Examine your pulse.