We’ve known it by several project names during its development; Aventador, Jota and of course LP700-4. It’s the successor to Lamborghini’s much loved Murciélago LP640 which was partially revealed last month when Lamborghini announced its power plant – a brand new 6.5-litre V12 engine pushing out 690bhp.
Lamborghini made great claims at the time about their pursuit of low weight and greater agility with this new model, well now we can see if they’ve been successful.
We already knew from the engine figures that the new LP700-4 would be almost 60bhp more powerful than the outgoing LP640 and 30bhp more than the LP670-4 SuperVeloce, so how successful have Lamborghini been in shedding weight? Well, assuming the LP700-4 is a match for the equipment levels in the LP640 rather than the stripped-out SuperVeloce, then they’ve done rather well – the LP700-4 has shed 90kg in weight over its predecessor coming within 10kg of the super-light LP670-4.
LP700-4 Technical Data from the Dealer Ordering Guide. Source:Teamspeed
The wheelbase has grown from 2665 mm to 2700 mm, whilst the rest of the car has grown in length by 170 mm, but is some 28 mm narrower. According to Lamborghini’s own figures, fuel consumption has improved by almost 20%, although its still unlikely to become a poster-child for Friends of the Earth since 20% merely represents an improvement from 11 mpg to 13 mpg…
Performance figures are suitably super car in their magnitude; The outgoing LP640 was credited by its makers with 0-62mph and maximum speed figures of 3.4 seconds and 340 km/h (213 mph) respectively, the LP670-4 SuperVeloce upped these to 3.2 seconds and 342 km/h, but Lamborghini’s new LP700-4 blows them both away with the kind of mind-bending performance that sees 2.9 seconds for the 0-62 mph sprint and a maximum speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).
You can pore over all the finer details by visiting the Teamspeed forums where the order guide was originally published, and perhaps spec up your own LP700-4 ready for when the order books officially open.