Lamborghini Murcielago successor christened Aventador LP700-4

by Alex

Reports out of the US suggest Lamborghini has registered the name “Aventador” with the US Trademark office. This is suggested to be the name of Lamborghini Murcielago successor Jota/Urus and the LP700-4. The name was also revealed in the Murcielago replacement presentation held at Sant’Agatha recently. Sources confirmed that, the car was unveiled at a private gathering with Lamborghini’s selected customers. Lamborghini has a tradition of naming their cars after Spanish bulls and the Aventador is no exception. The name Aventador has a variety of meanings, but the most likely one is its connotation with a legendary fighting bull of the same name from the Madronera Marketplace Pillar. It is expected to go public at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The Aventador is supposed to be a successor to the Lamborghini Murcielago. The Lamborghini Murcielago was one of the most famous sports cars of all the time. First produced in 2001, the last Murcielago was produced and delivered in 2010. It was the 4,099th Murcielago ever produced. On May 11, 2010, the last Murcielago left the company to be delivered to a Swiss customer. The end of its production was celebrated in Sant’Agatha on November 5th 2010, with all the popular cars of Lamborghini escorting the Murcielago SV of the Lamborghini museum out of the gate.

The Aventador looks like it has gotten its style from the Reventon. It also is far lighter compared to its predecessor Murcielago. It is rumored to be using a carbon fiber chassis which reduced the weight of the car by 500 lbs and increases its rigidity by 70 percent, translating into mind boggling performance. Regarding its performance Lamborghini has announced that the Aventador will come with a new 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces 700 horsepower and 479 lb/ft of torque. This was designed and developed in the company’s Sant’Agatha Bolognese factory. It can race from 0-60 mph in a time of just 2.9 seconds while blasting off a top speed of 217 mph and a redline of 8,250 RPM.

Along with the new engine, Lamborghini also introduces a new type of gearbox, The ISR. Its engine is coupled to a Lamborghini – ISR (Independent shifting rod), a seven-speed single clutch automated manual gearbox that combines quick shift time with manual shifting. It allows the Aventador to shift gears simultaneously. It enables to shift gears nearly 50 percent faster than the traditional dual-clutch gear box. The ISR transmission is also in line with Lamborghini’s new light weight concept, weighing only 79 kilograms much lesser than any other DSG transmission in the market. The engine is also paired with Lambo’s all famous wheel drive.

Lamborghini Aventador, during its launch is expected to compete with a few other exotic cars, one of them being the Ferrari 599 GTO. GTO’s technical specifications are 670 hp, 3.3 secs to go from 0-60 mph and 208mph top speed time. These specifications are quite close to that of the Aventador making the comparison test quite interesting.

The cars unveiled at the private meeting were mostly matte yellow and grey and sources confirmed that Lamborghini wanted to standardize matte colors for its upcoming models.

Source: 4wheelsnews

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