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13 Apr 2017 | Text by Julian Kho, Photos by Manufacturer. Direct from Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
With its riotous assault and screaming exhaust note, the Lamborghini Aventador S is the perfect car to bring to the track.
Why the Aventador S, then? Apparently, the 'S' moniker comes from a heritage that's hard to ignore since the Miura, the Islero and the Countach all came with the 'S' variants to better their already capable regular counterparts.
So you drove a Lamborghini, huh?
I did more than that actually. After two warm up laps in the Lamborghini Huracan, I door-handled the Aventador S like a maniac on the track, which gave me a good opportunity to really feel the car's steering on different drive modes, ample grip around corners and the never-ending breath from the roaring 6.5-litre V12 lungs.
But more than just getting behind the helm of the Aventador S, there is an overwhelming feeling just by looking at the car. Unlike other supercars in its segment, the Lamborghini is more poetry in motion than love in tension, with an aggressive front, a hunkered-down stance and a silhouette that takes after the Countach.
Climb in under those attention-grabbing scissor doors and you're confronted with a military-style, fighter jet-like cockpit. A myriad of buttons fill the centre console, with a red cover over the start button to remind you about the beast you're about to unleash, should you decide to activate the car.
Just how fast is this car?
The car takes just 2.9 seconds to finish the century sprint, a split second faster than the Ferrari F12berlinetta. To put that into perspective, it's so blistering quick I could feel my feeble flutter of a heartbeat amplify into a rib-splitting, chest-pounding, symphonic orchestra drum thump. And that's just putting the car in its default Strada mode.
In Corsa mode, where it should be the default driving mode on the track, everything heightens up. Lay your foot onto the gas pedal and you immediately get the feel of the car's limitless might.
Power comes on at every prod of the right pedal that you're forced to coordinate your mind, hands, fingers and foot in an urgent manner to match the car's natural sense of urgency, accompanied with ferocious and intense cog swaps from the seven-speed single-clutch gearbox. It makes the hair on your skin stand on end and your balls tingle just dealing with it.
You could otherwise select the new driving mode, Ego, which basically allows you to individualise your drive settings that best suit your preference. But as far as supercar goes, the raucous rumbling and theatrical thunders this car makes is nothing short of delightful regardless of the driving modes you select.
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544kW (730 bhp) / 8400 rpm
690 Nm / 5500 rpm
7-speed (A) ISR
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)