The DFC club was out for a breakfast cruise when one of it’s members in his Lamborghini Aventador proceeds to pull off some pretty wicked AWD donuts in a mall parking lot. Take a look at this $450k, 700HP V12 smoke machine burn through some expensive tires!
We were at the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster’s unveiling today in Miami, FL where we snapped a few pictures and took some video of them installing the new Aventador Roadster’s two carbon fiber roof panels. What used to be a complete nightmare (20+ minutes) with Lamborghini’s last V12 Roadster the Murcielago Roadster, is now a simple two minute procedure with the Aventador Roadster.
The twin carbon fiber roof panels (13.2 lbs each) are stored securely in the front trunk when in roadster mode and can be individually attached to the roadsters roof area with just a few latches in under 2 minutes. With a weight increase of just 110 pounds over the coupe, a 0-60 MPH time of just under 3 seconds, a top speed of 217 MPH with the top on or off, the Avendatoar Roadster aims to be the ultimate open air exotic.
Heffner Performance in Sarasota, FL just ran the world’s first 8 second 1/4 mile pass for a Lamborghini in their newly built 2008 Lamborghini Superleggera outfitted with a custom twin turbo “Elite” package. Running at 24.5 psi on race fuel along with a customized e-gear transmission that shifts amazingly fast (see the video below), they ran 8.72 @ 169.81 MPH with a decent amount of wheel spin off the line. Horsepower numbers were not released but we estimate this Gallardo is running 1500+ horsepower to the wheels. With some better track conditions and weather we expect this car to hit mid 8′s pretty soon.
Take a look at the timeslip, pictures and video below:
Underground Racing has released a video showing the acceleration of the first Lamborghini Aventador Twin Turbo. With a fully built motor and twin turbochargers added this Aventador is pushing upwards of 1,200 horsepower. Reported acceleration times are at 0-60 MPH in 2.2 seconds, but we’ve yet to see any real world VBOX or drag strip results. Keep checking back as we’ll post them up as soon as they come in. For now enjoy the sound and sights of this one of a kind super exotic.
MotorTrend does a heads up drag race between a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport vs a Lamborghini Aventador on an airstrip. While the Aventador put up a good fight running 10.6 @ 133 MPH, it was no match for the Veyron, the current king of all super cars. The Veyron ended up about 5 cars ahead at the end of the 1/4 mile and it would have kept pulling away up to it’s top speed of 253 MPH. They also ran the Lexus LFA and McLaren MP4-12C, but those both got beaten pretty badly by the Aventador.
Here are some dyno graphs and videos of a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV that was strapped down to the dyno to test what kind of power it’s putting down at the wheels in both AWD and RWD configurations. In 4th gear and completely stock form it put down 585 horsepower and 432 ft-lbs of torque at all 4 wheels. They subsequently removed the driveshaft and front differential that powers the front wheels and ran another dyno test and the car put down 602 horsepower and 440 ft-lbs of torque using just the rear wheels.
That’s about a 3% horsepower gain by disconnecting the front wheels which is typically much less than we usually see when comparing AWD and RWD setups on the same car. Assuming the dyno was calibrated correctly for both AWD and RWD dyno tests to make direct comparisons, we don’t see much of advantage to running the LP670-4 in RWD. The increase in power and weight reductions obtained from removing the front differential and driveshaft will produce gains at highways speeds, but down low the car might have issues with traction turning it into one sweet tire smoking Lamborghini.
There are big plans for this car with the name changing to LP1670-SV after a set of monster turbos are installed, we look forward to seeing that dyno graph!
Here is some video footage of a stock 700 horsepower Lamborghini Aventador LP700 going up against a Gallardo Superleggera Heffner Twin Turbo on the low boost setting making around 1150 horsepower (1000 whp). The Aventador is clearly outmatched in both weight and power as the video shows one fast car getting trounced by a really fast car. The Aventador’s speedometer shows 158 MPH when he let off with the Gallardo way ahead.
Take a look at this trio of Lambo’s running some heads up drag racing in Canada. On the left we have a LP560 Heffner Twin Turbo bolt-on kit making around 900HP, in the middle is the brand new Aventador LP700 making 700HP and on the right is a 2008 Superlerggera with 530HP. The Aventador gets a nice jump using it’s launch control with the LP560TT right with it, the Superleggera gets sadly left behind. Would have been nice to have another camera towards the end of the track to see how the LP560TT did at higher speeds against the LP700.
Check out this video of a Lamborghini Aventador LP700 racing a Ferarri 458 Twin Turbo built by Underground Racing. While the stock Aventador gets beat up pretty bad from the start, it seems to hold up surprisingly well as the speeds increase (it still says 6+ cars behind). The Aventador is powered by a V12 motor pushing out 700HP while the Ferrari 458 has a bolt-on turbo kit that is putting down 700 horsepower to the wheels which is really 800+ horsepower.
Here is a heads up drag race between a Lamborghini LP550-2 vs Mercedes CLS63 AMG BiTurbo. The Lamborghini LP550-2 is a special edition of the Gallardo that is setup for rear wheel drive only powered by a V10 putting out 550HP. The CLS63 AMG is the latest AMG from Mercedes-Benz with a 5.5L V8 BiTurbo motor putting out 518 HP. The LP550 stomped on the CLS63 pretty easily which would be expected with it’s lighter weight and additional power. The LP550 ran 11.96 @ 123 MPH vs the CLS63 running 12.5 @ 116 MPH. Take a look at the pictures and video below.