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Faster Than Advertised: Lamborghini Aventador Doesn't Stop Till 230 MPH

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On: Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 12:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Faster Than Advertised: Lamborghini Aventador Doesn't Stop Till 230 MPH

When Lamborghini launched the Aventador LP700-4, it listed the top speed of its new flagship at 217 mph. That's a solid top speed on its own, but some media testing reveals that the car is actually significantly faster. A German magazine recently pushed it to 230 mph.

Sport Auto tested the Arancia Argos-colored Aventador that we've become quite familiar with on the Hockenheimring track. As you can see clearly from the shot of the car's speedometer in the video below, the testers got the Aventador up well beyond 217 mph, all the way up to around 230 (370 km/h). The testers hit the mark very briefly but surely.

To be fair, they also said that a GPS-based speed check revealed top speed to be 354 km/h (just under 220 mph). That's still above the list speed, though.

The Aventador already boasts one of the world's few sub-3-second 0-to-62 mph times (2.9 seconds) and a 230 mph top speed makes a pretty nice complement to that super-quick acceleration. It puts the Aventador in the same conversation as exotics like the Gumpert Apollo Speed (224 mph) and the new Pagani Huayra (230 mph). Not that 217 mph was anything to be ashamed of, but 230 mph looks so much nicer on any spec sheet. It'll be interesting to see if any other testers are able to push it that far.

The Aventador LP700-4, which has sold out for its first year, features an all-new 6.5-liter V-12 engine, a new Independent Shifting Rods automated transmission and Haldex all-wheel-drive system. It is built around a carbon fiber monocoque and weighs in at 3,472 lbs. dry. It starts at $379,700.

Watch the Aventador earn its new top speed in the video below. The 370 km/h happens toward the very end at 3:30.



Stephy21 | 9:09AM (Wed, Dec 28, 2011)

This car was already fast enough, buy it sure does hold up to its standards.

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