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Lamborghini Aventador S Review: 3 Days Spent With A Land Shark

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Lamborghini Aventador S Review

There’s no getting around this. The Aventador S for all intents and purposes is a menacing beast of a car but in the best possible way you can imagine.
Our experience with this car was a long time coming (held up in customs coming back from New Zealand and had to re-schedule twice) so anticipation was at an all-time high by the time it came to picking it up from Lamborghini Brisbane. It was warranted though. This car is incredible.

First Impressions

“WOW. Holy semantics Batman – If Bruce Wayne drove a Lamborghini this would be it!?”

The sentiments continued to be echoed by the many people that stopped to chat with us over the next three days with reactions ranging from from “Ohhhhh…..” to “THAT IS ONE SEXY CAR?!?”.

The Aventador S we had been given was metallic black (nero pegaso) and as sleek as they come, but not so shiny that it dazzled in the sunlight like a disco ball. More a subtle hint of metallic that glistened when light caught the angles of the air intakes or the shark-like front splitter.

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The next thing you notice is how incredibly wide and low it sits on the road.

Prior to picking up the Aventador S we had done our research and were aware that it when lowered it hugs the ground at a snug 11.5cm (4.5in) ground clearance above the bitumen. Needless to say we made a mental note not to go flying over any speedbumps in a hurry (to our surprise it actually takes speedbumps like a champion. More on that later).

Driving through the city we encountered several instances where the road narrowed and the Aventador S dominated the entire lane but curiously, you’ll notice drivers in other cars make allowances and will either drive slightly behind or drive wide to ensure they are not within an inch of a damages lawsuit. Even food delivery drivers on their scooters were respectful and waited patiently at traffic lights rather than attempting to scoot up the side.

Leaving the city, Brenon drove the Aventador S and I followed behind in another car. Initially I hovered behind protectively like a mother hen to ensure no car came within scratching distance of our $1 million dollar responsibility but quickly I realised how easily the Aventador S manoeuvred through the city and it was fun to watch drivers peering out of their windows to catch a glimpse as it glided by in strada mode (the quiet setting if you’re not TRYING to attract attention. An oxymoron of a statement if I ever heard one).

Finally we made our way to Mount Nebo, excited for uninterrupted stretches of road and ready to see how it handled the inclines and sharp cornering through the mountains. Again, we weren’t disappointed.

As Brenon explains in the video below, the combination of the 4 wheel steering system and additional downforce (130% more than the previous Aventador) keeps the Aventador S glued to the road and there is no getting tired of the crackling that comes from the 6.5 litre naturally aspirated engine.

Over the next few days we continued to put the Aventador S through its paces and in the process, discovered other features like:

  • Driving modes: The 4 driving modes can be very easily switched between to enhance your driving experience depending on the scenario.

Lift kit: At first glance you can’t imagine driving over anything thicker than a pencil. The hidden secret to getting around town (without cracking the front nose on every kerb that dares raise its head) is the factory lift kit, which engages at the touch of a button and hydraulically raises the nose. This made navigating numerous speedhumps and kerbsides surprisingly manageable albeit at a snail-pace of 3km/ph.

  • Rear camera: This one is an optional extra but in all honesty it should be a standard choice for any owner as it makes parking and reversing such a wide car a breeze.
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Lamborghini Aventador S Driving Modes Explained

In addition to the regular driving modes Strada, Sport and Corso, Lamborghini have introduced a new driving mode especially for the Aventador S known as “Ego” mode.

Strada mode: Also known as “Street” mode, is the “quietest” one that allows you to drive home at night without waking up the entire neighbourhood. Has also been described as the comfort setting best used for daily driving. Exhaust baffles only open at high rpm (meaning you won’t get the crackles at low speeds) and the transmission shifts gears earlier and are automatic. “Cylinder deactivation” works in this mode by shutting down one bank of the engine at a time, effectively turning it into a V6 and alternates engine banks every 2 minutes to ensure even wear. Power is split 40:60 between front and rear wheels.

Sport mode: Don’t let the name fool you and make you think it’s only for the sports track. This mode is completely acceptable for street driving although be pre-warned it will chew through more fuel than the strada mode. In sport, the exhaust baffles open earlier so you’ll get more of the growl and crackles that turn heads at a lower rpm. Gears can be changed up manually using the paddle-shifts and will automatically down shift. Power is split 10:90 between front and rear wheels and the steering and suspension are tighter.

Corsa mode: aka “Track” mode. All gear changes are controlled by the driver via the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Gear shifts are 50 milliseconds. Traction controlled reduced. Power is split 20:80 between front and rear wheels.

Ego mode: This mode gives you the most control and allows the driver to select engine, steering and suspension settings separately depending on personal preferences. Essentially the Ego allows the driver to override general settings and pick exactly how you want things to run in your car. The irony of the name is not lost on us.

Lamborghini Aventador S Coupe Fast Facts

  • Vehicle type: Two-door/ two-passenger super sports car
  • Base price: $US424,845 (in Australia, upwards of $900,000+ by the time you factor in on-road costs and extras)
  • Max speed: 350 km/h (217 mph)
  • Acceleration: 0-100km/h 62 mph in 2.9 sec
  • Powertrain: 6.5-litre, V12 gasoline engine.
  • Transmission: Seven-speed automatic.
  • Horsepower: 740.
  • Torque: 503 pound-feet.

Highs

  • Visual appeal. Love the angular lines of this car and the “shark-like” design of the front splitter. Also this particular model had an optional extra transparent perspex engine bay cover which was a nice touch.
  • The stability and handling of the 4 Wheel driving.
  • Instant power when you put your foot on that accelerator.
  • The sound of the V12 engine in ANY mode.
  • That time someone pulled up alongside the car with a handwritten note “What do you do for a living??? Call me!” ….

Lows

  • Limited visibility. The front windscreen give you a feel of being in a fighter jet however the drawback is reduced windscreen real-estate. Same goes for the rear side windows and forget trying to see out the back windscreen. You know the family member you have that freaks out when merging into traffic EVERY SINGLE TIME? Let’s just say there’s a snowball’s chance in hell you are ever going to let them get in the drivers seat of this car.
  • Having to hand it back.

Watch What It’s Like To Drive

It’s all well and good to write down what the experience was like, but we like to take it one step further….watch for yourself what it was like to spend a couple of days driving the Aventador S!

Special thanks to Lamborghini Brisbane for making this video possible.

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The new Bugatti ‘Centodieci’ Sold out before its release

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Only 10 Bugatti Centodieci cars to be made and all are sold before today’s official release.

Bugatti Centodieci Front Left View
The New Bugatti Centodieci. Credit Bugatti

The newest Bugatti, the Centodieci, was officially revealed today, Aug 16th, at the Quail in Pebble Beach – Monterey Car Week 2019. Centodieci means 110 in Italian and the name has been selected for two reasons. Firstly the external styling of the Centodieci is inspired by, and pays hommage to, the early 1990’s Bugatti EB110 Super Sports car while the underlying chassis of the Centodieci is based on the Bugatti Chiron . The second reason for the name is that this year also marks the 110 year anniversary of Bugatti’s foundation and Bugatti wanted to produce a car that marked the milestone in history.

1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport front view
1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport front view for comparison.
Bugatti Centodieci flanked by the blue EB110 Super Sport and red Chiron
Bugatti Centodieci flanked by the blue EB110 Super Sport and red Chiron Credit: Bugatti

Driving Force

The Bugatti Centodieci is capped at 10 units worldwide with each starting at approximately EUR 8 million + VAT, however, at the cars launch Bugatti advised that all 10 cars are already sold out. The car’s Chiron underpinnings mean it has an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine that pumps out an impressive 1600 hp, allowing it to reach 60 mph (100 km/h) in approximately 2.4 seconds, 200 km/h in 6.1 seconds and to 300 km/h in 13.1 seconds continuing through to an electronically limited 380 km/h top speed. Careful planning and weight reduction enabled the Centodieci to achieve a sensational power to weight ratio of just 1.13 kilograms per horsepower.

Bugatti Centodieci rear view with tailights
Bugatti Centodieci rear view with tailights. Credit: Bugatti
1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport Rear
1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport rear for comparison.

Centodieci Design

There are many areas in which the new special edition Bugatti Centodieci echoes the former super sports car of the 1990s. Achim Anscheidt, Head Designer at Bugatti noted in regards to the styling “The challenge was not to allow oneself to be captivated too much by the design of the historic vehicle and work solely in retrospect, but instead to create a modern interpretation of the shape and technology of that time”. Even sportier and more extreme than the Bugatti Chiron and Divo hyper sports cars, yet elegant and timeless like the La Voiture Noire, it is a one of a kind Bugatti for the enthusiast.

Bugatti Centodieci Front Left View Outside
Bugatti Centodieci Front Left View. Credit: Bugatti

The flat, horseshoe shaped radiator at the front reveals its depth only from the side view, with the newly developed, deep seated front spoiler and the three section air intakes providing a perfect match. The front of the Centodieci drops very low. The iconic Bugatti horseshoe has been reduced accordingly, while the Bugatti logo Macaron sits on the hood, which is interrupted at the center by a black element. “This allowed us to rekindle memories of EB110,” says Achim Anscheidt. The optimised front section with the extended front splitter and the airflow through the hood further improve the car’s aerodynamics.

Bugatti Centodieci Front View
Bugatti Centodieci Front View. Credit: Bugatti

“We incorporated the wedge-shaped design in the development process but we took it in a new direction,” says the designer. Instead of copying the classic Italian wedge in which the muscle runs from the rear to the front wheel, suggesting a dynamic leap forward, Bugatti strikes out on a new path in the Centodieci. The otherwise dominant Bugatti line, the C line on the B pillar, gives way to a new design Significantly smaller than the Chiron, five round air inserts positioned in the form of a diamond ensure sufficient air intake for the 16-cylinder engine.

“In this way, Bugatti has brought forward the visually leaping wedge of the EB110 SS into a new millennium.”

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Bugatti Centodieci Right Side View Inside
Bugatti Centodieci Side View. Credit: Bugatti

The 10 new Bugatti Centodiecis will be handcrafted in Molsheim, France and will be delivered to customers in two years.

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Japanese CEO buys 6 supercars in 1 month: the first and the last

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Japan’s first Devel Sixteen and W motors last 5 Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions go to one man.

Devel Motors Devel Sixteen
The Devel Sixteen. Credit: Devel Motors
W Motors Fenyr Supersport
W Motors Fenyr Supersport. Credit: W Motors Dubai

July was a busy month for Tetsumi Shinchi, Chairman and CEO of one of Japan’s most illustrious businesses, Shibaura Group Holdings Inc. Tetsumi is an avid supercar collector and during July 19-21 this year Mr Shinchi showcased his supercar collection comprising 30 of the rarest cars in the world at his private ‘Mega Supercar Motor Show’ in Fukuoka, Japan.

 Mr Tetsumi Shinchi's 2019 Mega Supercar Motor Show in Fukuoka, Japan
Mr Tetsumi Shinchi’s 2019 Mega Supercar Motor Show in Fukuoka, Japan. Credit: W Motors

As busy as Tetsumi may have been planning and coordinating his giant show’s last minute details, he still found time to buy 6 more supercars from two separate manufacturers. All 6 new cars will make their debut at Tetsumi Shinchi’s Mega Supercar Motor Show in 2021.

During the show Tetsumi proudly announced he had just purchased Japan’s first 3000HP Devel Sixteen produced by U.A.E based Devel Motors.

Devel Motors Majid AlAttar with Tetsumi Shinchi and Family in front of the Devel Sixteen
Devel Motors’ Majid AlAttar with Mr Tetsumi Shinchi and Family in front of the Devel Sixteen. Credit: Devel Motors

During the same show W Motors S.A.L., the first manufacturer of high-performance luxury sports cars in the Middle East, announced that all 10 of its ultra-exclusive Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions had been sold and that the last five remaining models were whipped up by Tetsumi.

Tetsumi Shinchi and Family at W Motors Dubai
Tetsumi Shinchi and Family at W Motors Dubai. Credit: W Motors Dubai

“The first time in history that we will be able to admire five specially commissioned Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions at the same time, in the same place, owned by the same owner!”

“I am thrilled that the last Launch Editions have found their new home amongst the best hypercars in the world, with a collector who truly appreciates them. Mr. Shinchi’s 2021 exhibition will be the first time in history that we will be able to admire five specially commissioned Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions at the same time, in the same place, owned by the same owner!” said W motor’s Founder and CEO, Ralph R. Debbas.

Tetsumi Shinchi and Family looking at the Fenyr Supersport Launch Edition
Tetsumi Shinchi and Family looking at the Fenyr Supersport Launch Edition. Credit: W Motors Dubai

W Motors also established a strategic alliance with sister-company ICONIQ Motors based in China in 2016 with the goal of developing an all-new design identity to address the industry’s present day sustainable and forward thinking needs.

The first hypercar created by W Motors was the iconic Lykan HyperSport, which catapulted the company to international stardom when it took center stage as hero car in Universal Studios’ Furious 7. The all-new Fenyr SuperSport is the latest model to be launched by the company, a limited edition with a production run of only 110 cars including 10 Fenyr SuperSport Launch Editions.

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The street art Aventador S protected by blockchain tech

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19 year old artist uses a Lamborghini as his blank canvas.

Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey front right view
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey. Credit: Lamborghini

First artist to collaborate with Lamborghini

Lamborghini just unveiled an Aventador S at Monterey Car Week, California, that was used as a blank canvas by Skyler Grey, a 19 year old American artist. Skyler Grey has been called the “Fresh Prince of Street Art” and named in the 2017 Forbes “30 under 30” list of the most influential artists worldwide. He is now also the first artist to officially collaborate with Lamborghini.

Skyler Grey first artist to officially collaborate with Lamborghini
Skyler Grey first artist to officially collaborate with Lamborghini. Credit: @skylergreystreetart

Skyler used the main techniques of street art – airbrushes, spray guns, rollers and stencils to personalize the car body in his typical pop style in orange and yellow and painted the cars body in the newly opened Lamborghini Paint Shop. He also painted stylized bulls running along the side of the Aventador S, depicted emerging from the air intakes in a race and from the iconic Campbell’s soup can, as a reference to Warhol’s “32 Campbell’s Soup Cans”. The Nero Ade (black) leather interior has contrasting orange stitching and is personalized on the rear panel with an embroidered image of a cartoon bull stitched by Lamborghini’s upholstery specialists.

Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey right side
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey right side. Credit: Lamborghini
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey left side
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey left side. Credit: Lamborghini

Certified via blockchain

According to Lamborghini “The Aventador S by Skyler Grey has already been purchased by an art collector and will be the first Lamborghini to be certified via innovative blockchain technology. The car is part of the pilot project “Lamborghini Sicura”, launched in collaboration with Salesforce and aimed at protecting the car as a work of art. It involves a process of authenticity certification, which makes use of blockchain technology to guarantee data security and incorruptibility. The purpose of the protection system is to prevent counterfeiting, to trace and certify all the information related to the model and at the same time foster an increase in value for all the stakeholders.”

Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey detail
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey detail. Credit: Lamborghini
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey-paintbrush
Lamborghini Aventador S Street Art technique by Skyler Grey. Credit: Lamborghini
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey detail 2
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey detail. Credit: Lamborghini

On display 15-18 August 2019

The Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey is on display from August 15-18, 2019 at The Lamborghini Lounge Monterey, a Lamborghini ocean-view villa in an exclusive position situated at the famous 18th hole of the Pebble Beach Golf Course in Monterey.

Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey front
Street Art Lamborghini Aventador S by Skyler Grey front. Credit: Lamborghini

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