2012 Lamborghini Aventador

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Power
  • Styling
  • Scissor doors
  • Conventional control layout
  • Matte-finish paint options

The Bad

  • No conventional stick-shift
  • Tiny cargo area
  • Low mileage
  • Many features optional

Notable Features of the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador

  • All-new model
  • Replaces Murcielago
  • 6.5-liter V-12 engine
  • 700 horsepower
  • All-wheel drive
  • Scissor doors

2012 Lamborghini Aventador Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2012 Aventador LP 700-4 is the latest exotic sports car from Italy's Lamborghini, replacing the Murcielago. The "Aventador" name comes from a tenacious bull that squared off against bullfighters in the early 1990s. The LP stands for longitudinale posteriore, which describes the longitudinally mounted rear engine (technically mid-engine) in Italian. The 700 represents the car's horsepower, and the 4 is for four-wheel drive. At nearly $375,000, the two-seat Aventador has few competitors: The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and Lexus LFA are two, at least in terms of price.

The competition gets thinner in terms of performance, because the Aventador goes zero to 60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 217 mph, according to Lamborghini. The model hits American shores in late summer 2011.


Exterior
The Aventador combines Lamborghini's signature deft combination of curves and hard edges, and upward-opening scissor doors are present as expected. A powered rear spoiler tucks seamlessly into the tail and emerges only as speeds build. A tiered transparent cover that shows off the engine is optional.

Built of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic with aluminum subframes, the Aventador offers a choice of 13 colors, including three matte finishes. The brake calipers can be had in black, gray, yellow or orange.


Interior
The Aventador's interior is high-tech in look but refreshingly conventional in the location and function of its various displays and contr...

Vehicle Overview

The 2012 Aventador LP 700-4 is the latest exotic sports car from Italy's Lamborghini, replacing the Murcielago. The "Aventador" name comes from a tenacious bull that squared off against bullfighters in the early 1990s. The LP stands for longitudinale posteriore, which describes the longitudinally mounted rear engine (technically mid-engine) in Italian. The 700 represents the car's horsepower, and the 4 is for four-wheel drive. At nearly $375,000, the two-seat Aventador has few competitors: The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and Lexus LFA are two, at least in terms of price.

The competition gets thinner in terms of performance, because the Aventador goes zero to 60 mph in less than 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 217 mph, according to Lamborghini. The model hits American shores in late summer 2011.


Exterior
The Aventador combines Lamborghini's signature deft combination of curves and hard edges, and upward-opening scissor doors are present as expected. A powered rear spoiler tucks seamlessly into the tail and emerges only as speeds build. A tiered transparent cover that shows off the engine is optional.

Built of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic with aluminum subframes, the Aventador offers a choice of 13 colors, including three matte finishes. The brake calipers can be had in black, gray, yellow or orange.


Interior
The Aventador's interior is high-tech in look but refreshingly conventional in the location and function of its various displays and controls. The sharp-angled design theme continues inside, and neat touches include a covered, or guarded, start button and a main circular gauge that employs an LCD but looks like a conventional analog instrument.

There's no button shortage, but some features are controlled via a centralized display screen and the Human-Machine Interface, a multifunction controller-knob system borrowed from Audi, which shares Lambo's parent company, Volkswagen.

Typical of high-priced cars, the Aventador provides as options some features that are standard on lesser cars, including a backup camera and premium stereo.


Under the Hood
The Aventador is powered by a new 6.5-liter V-12 engine that delivers its peak 700 hp at 8,250 rpm and its 509 pounds-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. It drives all four wheels through a seven-speed automated-manual transmission. Unlike many competing models, the Lambo transmission is a single- rather than a dual-clutch design, which the company says is lighter and has been updated to shift faster than previous versions. Manual-shift paddles are mounted to the steering column.

The Drive Select Mode System provides different driving modes for Corsa (track), Strada (road) and Sport, which is also for the road. It varies throttle progression, transmission behavior, steering assist and stability system responsiveness.

Lamborghini says the car's gas mileage is up 20 percent over the 2010 Murcielago, but at 13.7 mpg combined, fuel costs will be consistent with the car's overall price.

The Formula One-inspired chassis uses a double-wishbone suspension, front and rear, vented carbon-ceramic brake rotors and six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. The front/rear weight distribution is 43/57 percent.


Safety
The Aventador comes standard with antilock disc brakes and an electronic stability system, as is required of all 2012 models. It has front, side-impact and knee airbags for both occupants.


2012 Aventador Video

Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder marvels at how the Lamborghini Aventador rocketed off the line at Roebling Road Raceway.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(2.0)

What i Dislike

by Horse Man from Chicago,IL on January 13, 2015

I feel that whilst the car is good it is way overpriced. I feel that this car has a lot of potential. The customer service that i received was moderate an needs improvment. Read full review

(5.0)

THE boss car

by Exotics master on December 17, 2013

car is amazing smooth and comfortable the intierior is nice extirior is nice color i drive it and i love it and so do my friends Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Lamborghini Aventador currently has 3 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Aventador received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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