The word “Countach” has been described by Italians as the reaction you have when you see an extremely beautiful woman; also known as ”Holy Shit”!
Thankfully that name stuck when Nuccio Bertone yelped out “Countach” once he laid eyes on the Lamborghini LP-400 prototype (Project 112) for the first time. After hearing that story I’ve often wondered if I would ever be as surprised and astonished as Nuccio was while seeing an amazing car. Well I am happy to report that during my visit to the Orange County International Auto Show, I had a Nuccio reaction and yelped out “Holy Shit” after laying eyes on the new Lamborghini LP-700-4 Aventado for the first time. There is really no other way to describe this masterpiece. David Ortiz from Lamborghini Newport Beach was kind enough to invite me behind the ropes and give me a private tour of this amazing hypercar.
Named after a bull that entered into battle on October 1993, the righteously titled hypercar boasts some of the most sharp and aggressive lines I have ever seen on a Lamborghini. Air ducts open and close while the rear tail rises and retracts automatically, like a transformer, as the Aventador hits certain speeds. It almost looks like the car is taking in a deep breath and flexing before launching itself into hyperspeed. The interior is strikingly similar to what you would see in a pimped out fighter jet complete with beautiful leather/suede seats and metal switches. According to Stephan Winklemann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, the Aventador is a jump of two generations in terms of design and technology. Make no mistake about it, the Aventador is definitely Lamborghini’s baby as 99.9% of the hypercar is made from all Lamborghini parts, steering clear of an Audi legacy.
The Aventador’s one-piece passenger cell is made entirely of new-generation reinforced carbon fiber formulated with the help from Beoing Aerospace. It’s high tech body is complimented with an earth shattering 6.5 liter V12 that produces 700hp and goes 0-62 in 2.9 seconds. Did you get that? 2.9 seconds! That is the same speed as dropping a penny from your hands to the ground.
About 110 units have been produced, 10 of which have been allocated to Lamborghini Newport Beach, and all have been spoken for. That’s right, you’ll have to wait for 2013 if you want to get your hands on this $370K+ hypercar.