This began as a mistake, I was not scheduled to drive the half a million dollar ($441,600 MSRP plus options) 2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster Convertible. It was the $237,250+ new Lamborghini Huracan which I was supposed to get my hands on. But hey, when someone hands you the keys to a 700 HP Aventador, who’s gonna say no?
Driving Art If there was a car to put on display in your living room, the Aventador delivers from every vantage point. The low-slung shark-nosed exotic supercar is every bit a museum piece with its precisely chiseled body. Curves are for everyone else. The Lamborghini Aventador stands out in a crowd, even when the scissor doors aren’t open waving a sprite “hello.” Lamborghini designers took care to engineer very angle for optimum aerodynamics which translates to a jaw-dropping visual.
Whoa Baby Buckle in because this one will put you firmly in your seat the moment your foot depresses the gas pedal. While the controls are all easily at hand, this isn’t a car to just hop in and drive. Understanding is required, thinking in mandatory and driver attention is imperative. Both hands on the wheel for this one. As our test drive departed from The Quail onto Carmel Valley road, the world stopped. Pedestrian cars pulled over, onlookers stood at attention to wave and photographers, including film crews, held prime spots on outside corners to capture the gaggle of candy-colored Lamborghini’s (Huracans and Aventadors) which took to the road en masse.
Do not think for a moment this was a wimpy low-speed version of follow the leader. The five Aventatdors took up the rear, everyone in their own car. Lambo instructors acted as control cars to position us for optimum driving opportunities to test the 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. Up and down the steep canyons full of banked curves, a hairpin turn or two, and short straights allowed us generous opportunities to test the cars.
- Acceleration is ample.
- Comfort is surprisingly abundant.
- Handling is proficient.
- Breaks are adept.
Added Bonus – Hair Benefits
As a girl with long hair it is worth noting, my hair did not fly around or end up a tangled mess after driving the convertible Aventador. Yes, it is important. Hair management is often a necessary part of driving in an open top.
Conclusion At the risk of repeating myself, this is not the car for the weary. You make a commitment to driving when you drive the Aventador. One has to get used to the potency and learn the driver input car output rhythm. In the convertible you can comfortably enjoy the noise as an audibly clue, but one has to condition their body to the timing to avoid giving oneself whiplash when speed is required. The Lamborghini Aventador is not a car for everybody (nor should it be). If you are a Porsche purist, this may not be for you. It drives nothing like a Ferrari either. If you want to be a serious participant in the driving experience, this may be the new object of your desire.
The Lamborghini Aventador is sculptural, powerful and provides an adrenaline rush starting the moment you strap yourself in – rocket ship license required.