In a world that has become heavily reliant on technology, the 2021 Lamborghini Aventador takes a more nostalgic look at things. The large Lambo is a triumphant tribute to supercars of old, with its flamboyant facade and vociferous V-12. The 730-plus-hp 6.5-liter engine that’s mounted behind the driver is naturally aspirated and crowd pleasing, but the Aventador’s automated-manual transmission can be clunky in traffic. This Italian exotic looks good in both coupe and convertible form, though the latter’s top is cumbersome to remove. Despite its substantial girth, the Aventador is surprisingly athletic. The track-tuned SVJ model makes carving canyon roads or logging lap times even more exhilarating. The 2021 Aventador is hugely expensive and far from subtle, but it’s a brilliant send-off to a soon-to-be-extinct breed of old-school supercars.
What’s New for 2021?
For 2021, the Aventador receives very minor updates. The S can now be equipped with forged Leirion wheels as well as an Arancio Dac center wheel lock. The SVJ now comes with a glovebox, and you can order the badge in exposed carbon fiber.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
In typical supercar fashion, the Aventador can be thoroughly customized and costs a small fortune. If our metaphorical pockets were deep enough, we’d spring for the top-of-the-line SVJ roadster. It’s marginally heavier than the coupe that set a lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, but it’s considerably prettier. Plus, why spend more than half a million dollars on a V-12-powered exotic if you can’t fully immerse yourself in its intoxicating soundtrack? The roadster enables that.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Aventador powertrain hierarchy begins with a mid-mounted naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 that develops 730 horsepower. The engine’s 509 pound-feet of torque makes its way to the wheels via a seven-speed automated-manual transmission. This basic setup is shared among the three distinct variants, but the track-focused SVJ (which stands for Superveloce Jota) has various enhancements that unlock extra horsepower and torque. We drove this brutally powerful monster and its roofless counterpart and experienced their tremendous acceleration and kidney-crushing cornering forces. The hefty machines heaved through the corners, but their incredible grip and four-wheel-steering systems helped them change direction on a dime. We have also driven the Aventador S and Aventador S roadster and found the latter’s top-down ability makes it the better car for listening to the V-12’s thrilling timbre.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
With fuel-economy ratings in the single digits, the Aventador ranks among the least efficient cars on the market. The EPA expects all models to earn 9 mpg in the city and 15 mpg on the highway. While we haven’t had the opportunity to test the government’s estimates on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which simulates real-world mpg and is part of our extensive testing regimen.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
In typical Lamborghini fashion, every Aventador supports a set of scissor doors that swing open. The low-slung interior is showing its age, but it can be fitted with a variety of premium materials and personalized options. The cabin won’t hold many small items, and luggage space is limited. The dashboard features a digital gauge cluster that changes its layout whenever you select a new drive mode—Strada, Sport, and Corsa; Ego mode allows you to personalize the settings for powertrain, steering, and suspension.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Aventador’s standard infotainment system is behind the times, with dated graphics and awkward integration. In addition to voice commands and Apple CarPlay capability, the company offers a performance data recorder that saves lap times and track data. If so inclined, buyers can select the upgraded audio system that adds door-mounted subwoofers and tweeters on the dashboard.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested the 2021 Aventador. Lamborghini does without the driver-assistance technology that less extraordinary cars offer.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Compared with most mainstream automakers, Lamborghini doesn’t provide stellar warranty coverage. But its protection plans are competitive with those of high-end rivals such as Ferrari and can be enhanced by optional maintenance packages.
- Limited warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
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