The rear-amidships mounted engine sits behind a seven-speed ISR automated manual transmission. Like a DCT but with a single clutch, gear changes are like lightning strikes under power, but shifts are jerky and rough at more moderate speeds.
At a full boil, the Aventador's cabin is filled with a terrifying cacophony. The engine screams from just behind the cockpit while the transmission and all-wheel drive system make all sorts of mechanical noise.
We wish there were more rhyme and reason to the Aventador's center stack. As it is, the buttons are organized in a way that looks cool, but it can be difficult to find the function that you need at speed.
When tooling around town, the Aventador's shifts are jerky and a little annoying. Though snappy upshifts and downshifts at speed are a joy, each gear change at moderate and legal speeds met with a neck-snapping lurch.
Large scoops ahead of the rear wheels feed the radiators, cooling the 700-horsepower beast. Just aft of the side glass are intakes for the engine. At speed these intakes enlarge, helping the power-plant to breathe easier.
The Aventador's ride is, no surprise, a stiff one. The pushrod setup is firm and transfers a good deal of road noise and bumps into the cabin. The Aventador will jostle you quite a bit, but thankfully the firm ride isn't necessarily a punishing one.