2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

2017 Lamborghini Aventador S

Episode 3634
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While we’ve been spending a lot of time in Lamborghini Huracans lately, we all know it’s the Aventador and its V12 engine is much higher in the brand’s pecking order. Though that gap between the two is not quite as wide as Lamborghini would like it, thus a highly-revised Aventador comes our way…and with it a brand new 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S.

The Lamborghini Aventador has always been much more than just your standard rich guy garage trophy, with serious on-track credentials that most owners barely ever get more than a whiff of. Well, for those few who actually do seek to get the most out of their Aventadors, they’ll love the new 2017 Aventador S.  

That affection starts with additional power for the naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine. A boost of 40-horsepower puts it at 730, only 10 less than the still lighter Superveloce, with 509 lb-ft. of torque. Thanks to valve-timing and intake adjustments, it revs higher while also delivering peak torque sooner. No complaints about that!

But, the big heart throb is new four-wheel-steering; which of course comes with an acronym, LRS for Lamborghini Rear-wheel Steer. Combined with the front steerers, and you have LDS, or Lamborghini Dynamic Steering. 

You can feel it in action right away, as it has an almost unnatural feel at first; but once you learn to trust it and put it to good use, there’s no doubt it makes you faster on the track.

Laps around Spain’s Circuit Ricardo Tormo revealed that not all of the all-wheel-drive understeer has been eliminated, but you can feel bags and bags of torque going to the rears on corner exit, and plenty of grip to deal with it; aided by improved stability control. 

Turning can still feel heavy and the overall experience remains intimidating, depending how much experience you have throwing half a million dollars around a corner. 

We had a chance to drive the S back-to-back with the previous Aventador, and the S noticeably turns in a lot quicker.

We could also easily get a feel for the stiffened suspension, as the magnetic dampers have been recalibrated. All-wheel-drive software has also been altered, and the S adds a new driving mode, appropriately named “EGO”, which allows you to dial in your own custom setup. 

The Aventador S sticks with the Independent Shifting Rod transmission, which can feel downright brutal at times, hampering the daily driving experience, but apparently it has been smoothed somewhat. Engineers claim a true dual-clutch would add weight, and that buyers really like the classic race car feel of the current setup. 

Lamborghini also claims to have taken some mass out of other parts of the car, so that even with four-wheel-steering bits, overall weight remains about the same. 

And not to worry, it will still deliver you to 60 in under three seconds.

Obviously the four-wheel steering helps shorten the turning radius for parking or maneuvering around the pits.

But even with all of the updates and oodles of electronics controlling everything, this car still has a raw nature that gearheads will love…we sure do! 

Visibility remains atrocious and the ride is stiff even in its softest suspension settings. If you want comfort or refinement, seek out a Huracan and save a few coins. 

The Aventador S’s look is still mostly the same, but the bodywork does see a mid-cycle massaged. 

There’s a new nose designed for increased airflow, and certainly looks more aggressive as well. Likewise, in back, the rear diffuser is redesigned; constructed of carbon fiber should you choose the upgrade.

Exhaust fumes spill out of three single outlets in a new triangle arrangement. 

The active rear wing can deploy in a number of ways depending on speed and drive mode. 

Altogether, downforce has been improved dramatically; without sacrificing any top speed. 

Updates inside include a new configurable TFT digital gauge display, and Apple Car Play. Lambo could have gone a little farther here, but since most Aventador’s are highly customized, they’ll leave that up to you. 

You’ll have to tap into a significant portion of your trust fund if you want to play with an Aventador S, as prices start at $424,845; just 20-grand more than a “base” Aventador, but still way less than a Superveloce.   

The Lamborghini Aventador is unlike anything else on the road. Just about everyone knows what it is when they see one, and don’t easily forget about it when they do. And now with the S, Lambo has taught this old bull some new tricks, making their flagship supercar is more capable, and more captivating, than ever. 

Specifications

  • Engine: 6.5 liter
  • Horsepower: 730
  • Torque: 509 lb-ft.
  • 0-60 mph: 2.9 seconds
2024 PHEV Roundup 1

2024 PHEV Roundup

You Don’t Have To Go Full EV To Live The EV Lifestyle

Episode 4338
Auto Value and Bumper to BumperTire Rack "The Way Tire Buying Should Be"

You’ve heard us say many times that PHEVs– plug-in hybrid electrics– rather than BEVs– pure battery electrics– are a sound choice for many folks thinking about owning an electric vehicle. Well, buyers do seem to have gotten the message, as while recent sales of all-electric BEVs are down, PHEVs are suddenly skyrocketing. So, we thought we’d give you a close look at the range of PHEVs that are available today.

An EV when you want it, a fuel-efficient hybrid when you don’t; that’s the reason that PHEVs are so appealing, and why we feel they’re the perfect starter vehicle for this time of transition from internal combustion to all-electric. So, buckle up for an alphabetical rundown of all the mainstream PHEVs that are currently available.

BMW has many plug-in options, starting around $46,000 with the 2.0-liter I4-based 330e sedan and its 22 miles of EV range. There’s also a 750e sedan with more than 30 miles of EV range, and an xDrive50e X5 utility with closer to 40 miles of EV range, plus a high-performance XM with 738 horsepower. For partner Mini, a small 1.5-liter I4-based setup is available in the Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 utility with 18 miles of EV range, going for around $42,000.

Ford has been in the plug-in game for some time, and currently gets a great 37 miles of EV range out of their 2.5-liter I4-based setup which is available in both the Escape for about $36,000, and in its upscale Lincoln Corsair counterpart which goes for around $55,000.

Hyundai offers a pair of plug-in SUVs, the Santa Fe priced at around $43,000 and the Tucson which goes for about $40,000; both use a 1.6-liter I4 turbo engine. It shares with their corporate cousins over at Kia. The Sorento, which starts around $51,000, and the Sportage, beginning at $40,000, along with Kia’s Niro at $35,000. All get more than 30 miles of EV Range.

For the high-rollers, Land Rover has a six-cylinder P550e plug-in option for both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport with 51 miles of range, starting around $119,000.

Mazda is very new to the plug-in game, with their inline-six based setup just recently becoming available in the new CX-70 and CX-90 SUVs, both with 26 miles of electric-only range, starting at $41,000.

Mercedes-Benz has offered quite a few PHEVs over the years, though currently their lineup only consists of the $70,000 GLE450e SUV with a 2.0-liter I4 and 48 miles of EV range; and a $128,000 3.0-liter I6 S580e sedan with 46 miles of range. Though a high-performance 671 horsepower AMG C 63 S E Performance will be blasting onto the scene soon.

We’re very familiar with this second-gen Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, having had both generations as part of our long-term fleet. The current Outlander PHEV goes for $41,000 and gets 38 miles of EV range from its 2.4-liter I4-based setup.

Stellantis has a wide array of PHEVs available across their many brands, starting with the 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar-packing Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. It arrived way back in 2017 and currently delivers 32 miles of EV range for $40,000.

More recently, they’ve added the technology to the Jeep brand with 4Xe versions of the Jeep Wrangler for $52,000 and the Grand Cherokee at $61,000. And their most recent setup has just arrived in the compact crossover segment with 33 miles of battery in both the $45,000 Alfa Romeo Tonale and the $42,000 Dodge Hornet R/T.

All of this started with the Toyota Prius of course, which you can now get a Prime version of for $34,000 with a 2.0-liter I4 and 40 miles of range. The RAV4 Prime goes for $45,000 getting 42 miles. Plus, there’s a trio of Lexus PHEV’s rolling with bigger batteries on board, the NX450h+, the RX450h+, and the TX550h+, starting around $58,000.

Volkswagen PHEVs stick to their premium brands, starting with the $58,000 2.0-liter I4-based Audi Q5 55TFSI e quattro SUV with 22 miles of battery range.

Bentley adds electric-motor assistance to a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 for both the $206,000 Bentayga SUV, which gets 18 miles of EV range, and the $217,000 Flying Spur sedan, which stretches it to 21 miles. That same setup is available at Porsche in E-hybrid versions of both the $93,000 Cayenne SUV and $110,000 Panamera sedan, getting up to 19 miles on battery power.

Finally, Volvo has had a plug-in version of their turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 since the T8 arrived with the XC90 back in 2016. Now with a Recharge label, an updated version is available in just about every vehicle in their lineup; the S60 and S90 sedans, XC60 and XC90 SUVS, and yes even in the V60 wagon, starting around $53,000 with up to 40 EV miles.

So, there you have it, the Bs-to-Vs of PHEVs. They really are an easy way to live the EV lifestyle today, without going all the way.