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Lamborghini Reveals the Aventador (Chassis)

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On: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 5:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Reveals the Aventador (Chassis)

We thought Pagani dragged things out, but Lamborghini is really nursing it. I guess a new Lambo flagship is enough of a rarity to forgive the slow, slow, slow reveal, but I just want to see the damn car already—uncovered, from every angle.

But Lamborghini isn't giving it up so easy. Instead, it continues to tease the Aventador piece by beautiful piece. We got the official details on the powertrain all the way back in November, and most recently, Lambo has given the world a closer look at the lightweight, composite chassis that will hold drivers up for the most exciting ride of their lives.

Lamborghini capitalizes on its composite research in basing the Aventador on a carbon-reinforced polymer tub. The technique used to develop the carbon-reinforced polymer, which involves impregnating sheets of carbon fiber with resin, was first demonstrated on the Sesto Elemento concept from last fall's Paris Motor Show. That barebones concept barely broke the 2,000-lb. barrier, but the Aventador will be significantly heavier, with a curb weight of 3,472 lbs.—nearly 200 lbs. less than the outgoing (outgone?) Murcielago LP640.

With the 691-hp 6.5-liter V12 engine, a seven-speed single-clutch automated manual gearbox connecting driver to engine, and four wheels at work, the Aventador LP700-4 is expected to hit 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and top out around 217 mph.

With those numbers, it looks like Lamborghini's composite obsession is paying off in spades. We expect to see future Lambos getting lighter and lighter with the help of advanced composite technology.

Last week, Lamborghini released a teaser picture of the Aventador wrapped in camo, so we're hopeful that there are a few non-camo pictures on the way before the supercar debuts at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1. If not, there are less than two weeks left—our patience will soon hit pay dirt.


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