One of the most improved hypercars of all time
Lamborghini have done an excellent job of telling the world about the improvements that the Aventador S brings – but when you’re driving the car, it’s clear that there’s real substance behind these claims.
Firstly, the ‘brain’ of the car has been totally reconfigured. The original Aventador had multiple ECUs that controlled different elements of the drive – from the differential to the throttle response, and braking control. These systems never seemed like they were working in harmony – which often felt like the car was trying to do many different things at once, held together by sheer power – and not a great deal else.
This feeling of conflict couldn’t be further from the truth with the Aventador S. The main ECU controls every dynamic parameter on the car, making the driving experience coherent and fluid. You no longer feel like you’re fighting with the Aventador – instead, it feels like you’re working with a tamed beast, ready to take orders from the driving seat.
Those orders are executed incredibly well too – thanks overwhelmingly to the incredible 4-wheel steering system Lamborghini have implemented on the Aventador S. While the original car handled well, the S now handles like a pure-bred race car. Although the rear-wheel steering offers just a fraction of movement you’ll see from the front wheels, the team behind it claim it effectively reduces the theoretical wheelbase of the car by around 50cm – making a monstrous hulk into a nimble and agile cornering machine.
The 4-wheel steering also means that the power produced by the Aventador S is more evenly dispersed through the car. The result? Not even the slightest hint of the understeer that was such a significant problem for the previous model – something that’s no doubt helped by the 130% increase in downforce that the development team claims is now coming from the redesigned aerodynamics.
Another significant improvement for the Aventador S comes from the ‘Ego’ system; the onboard ride configurator that allows you to choose between ‘Strada’, ‘Sport’, and ‘Corsa’ settings. Strada offers a very ‘drivable’ experience, ideal for around-town – whereas Corsa offers a stiff and extremely responsive race-car like feel to the steering, powertrain, suspension settings. Better still, the car has ‘Ego’ mode - essentially a personalised specification setting. This allows a user-defined combination of all three pre-sets, meaning you can keep the more forgiving suspension and braking configuration, without losing out on the heightened Corsa power delivery.