Cooley On Cars
On the road: Lamborghini Aventador SVBrian Cooley drives the fastest production Lamborghini ever, the 2016 Aventador SV.
[MUSIC] [SOUND] [NOISE] The Aventador SV is an Aventador that is more and less. More horsepower, 50 of them, less weight, 110 pounds. [NOISE] A little less time to 60 About a tenth of a second, and more RPMs as a red line, another 150 on the clock. [NOISE] The result is the fastest production Lamborghini ever, and they got there with tuning and tech. Spotting an SV is easy, look for the four pipe exhaust, unique wheels, and yeah, that wing. [NOISE] Aventadors in general are no Ford Super Duty. They're already light cars, already full of aluminum and carbon fiber body panels and structures throughout. So where did they find another 110 pounds to take out of this thing? What they did was put more carbon fiber in around the body component. [MUSIC] They also took out the head unit. No knob, no radio, no audio system, unless you really begged for it. Carpets? No. The seats, they're really church fused, are carbon fiber shells with almost no accommodation. You can move them back and forth, that's it. You'll feel ribbits under your ****. [SOUND] Notice the very different LCD instrument panel that we saw in the base Aventador or prominent to the rpm Shift indicators, and g-force gauge. And yellow. Now back here the engine room is also more familiar territory. The architecture of this engine is the same as a non-SV. Six and a half liter V12 with direct injection, dry sump lubrication. What you're missing is any kinda blower or turbo. They don't do that at Then this engine room. However, you do have a lot of tweaks to be breathing. You've got a variable intake system. You've got a variable exhaust system and in between the two, you've got a differently curved variable valve timing system. All of it about getting air in and out faster and that's where the numbers get better. 750 horse and it also comes at a higher RPM red line, 80 400. Torques the same though, 508 pound feet. That's okay, it's still plenty. [SOUND] And all that goes up through kind of an interesting transmission, where many super cars use a DTC, an automated dual clutch manual gearbox. These guys use a [UNKNOWN]. Instead of ping ponging the power through two clutches, they ping pong the power through multiple shift rods. Hence, it is called an ISR, independent shift rod technology. And thanks to that big wing out back, all the And that power delivery turns this car into a rocket on the road, as opposed to putting it into low Earth orbit. Zero to 60, two point eight. [CAR NOISE] Chip times are around 50 millisecond. That's nipping at F1 territory. Going the other direction, all S Vs have big carbon, ceramic brakes standard. They haul this car to a stop from 60 in less than a 100 feet. Into a single phrase, it's this: one sinewy SOB. [NOISE] First question I know you're You've got is how does the power feel on this versus the non SV. How do you possibly [UNKNOWN] That out unless you're on the track? And we're not. I mean come on, another 50 horse when you're already at this level? I'll be honest,I can't feel it. What I do feel, though, is the wonderful breathing they use to get there, and that, you notice, at almost every RPM range. Sweet. Now, it wasn't long ago that I drove the Bates Aventador, and I recall it being a little more compliant than this. This one's got a real grip to it. It's just hard Are everywhere. From where you sit to the heavy, heavy load you get on the wheel with this new adaptive steering system and of course it's got the adaptive suspension as well. Magnetorheological technology. That I find this cal [NOISE] Calibrated very firm as you might imagine in this car. I'm bringing that up because a lot of supercar makers these days actually are trying to make their supercars more palatable on the road every day. This one doesn't make such compromises. [MUSIC] Well here's where my job gets real easy. See that style? It's the only style you can buy a Lamborghini Aventador SV and they're all loaded by definition, and that's why they cost a little over $530,000. You're not going to afford one of these sitting there watching YouTube. But it doesn't really matter if you get back to work, because these are all sold out anyway. 500 copies, that's all they made. What the SB really stands for is the power of nuance. Getting some weight off the ground, moving air through the engine more elegantly, and moving air over the body more purposefully. It also reminds us that Lamborghini really is the Sammy Davis Jr. of car makers. Firmly believing that nothing succeeds like excess rank. [MUSIC] More cars driven CNET style, standing by now at CNETOnCars.com, click ON THE ROAD. [BLANK_AUDIO]