The Geneva Motor Show is one of those things the Swiss do well, like skiing, clock-making and hiding investors’ cash from prying tax men. This Lamborghini LP700-4 Aventador was arguably the pick of the 81st show.
It’s a car of extraordinary numbers. Here we have 690bhp, 12 cylinders, 0-60mph in well under three seconds, a 217mph top speed and peak power delivered at a screaming 8,250rpm. A new, seven-speed gearbox swaps cogs in 50ms. Remarkable.
Inside, three TFT screens are fitted, including a seven-incher for the satnav. Lamborghini has worked hard to improve the driver environment with more head and shoulder room than the car it replaces and better ergonomics. As if you needed another reason to want one.
Lamborghini LP700-4 Adventor details
The 690bhp V12 zaps the Aventador to 62mph in just 2.9 seconds
The starter button is hidden under a flip-up alloy cover, like the missile launcher on a fighter jet’s joystick. You can choose between the speedo and the rev counter as the priority dial
3/ The Body
Its carbon composite monocoque chassis weighs just 147.5kg. The spoilers and other aerodynamic features are integrated into the shell. The electronically-controlled rear spoiler is deployable
Geneva Motor Show 2011: Best cars
1/ Koenigsegg Agera R
What has considerably more power than a F1 car and a ski-box on the roof? The latest supercar from eccentric Swedes Koenigsegg has a 5.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine producing just over 1,100bhp and a fully carbon-fibre chassis.
2/ Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa Romeo returns to the small sports car market with a 1.7-litre, 230bhp, turbo road rocket. Weight is said to be under 850kg – incredible. Tech highlights include a version of Alfa’s electronic DNA system that controls suspension, steering and throttle settings.
3/ Aston Martin Virage
Another beautiful Aston, the Virage has an all-alloy, 5.9-litre V12 engine with 490bhp and a six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission with gearshift paddles. A new Adaptive Damping System (ADS) offers ten different settings in normal and sport modes.
4/ Rinspeed BamBoo
Yes: it’s the world’s first social networking car. Fitted with Wi-Fi and an Aha Radio app that translates text to voice it can monitor traffic, “hear” Twitter and Facebook updates, play podcasts or stream music. Emails and texts are also converted from text to speech.
5/ Jaguar XKR-S
This actually looks like a British bulldog from the front. The fastest and most powerful series production Jag of all time it can reach 186mph and sprint from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds. It’s a direct rival to Porsche’s 911 Turbo and Aston Martin’s V8. They should be worried.