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Live Life in the Fast Lane with the Lamborghini Aventador

If you like your cars flat, angular and very, very fast then the Lamborghini Aventador could be just what you’re looking for. Initially launched in 2011, the Italian supercar was designed to replace the ten year old Murcielago as Lamborghini’s flagship vehicle,  good luck getting temporary car insurance on that. Like its predecessor though it too has a limited run, with just 4,000 Aventadors scheduled for production, making it one of the most sought after sports car around.

Like all Lamborghini’s the Aventador has been christened after a bull, the animal which features on the company’s logo. Aventador is famous in Spanish bull-fighting for a particularly spirited battle at Zaragoza in 1993, albeit one in which, as is often the case in bull-fighting, the bull ultimately lost. Thankfully for Lamborghini, the Aventador has proved much more of a winner, with over 1,000 of the £300,000 sports cars already sold.

Image: Lamborghini.

The Lamborghini Aventador.

The supercar has no shortage of power, boasting a 6.5 litre v12 engine that produces 690 horsepower at 8,250 rpm. All this power, coupled with a sleek, typically low slung Lamborghini bodywork, helps to deliver the Aventador from 0-60mph in 2.9 seconds and deliver a top speed of around 215-230mph. So in case you were inexplicably in any doubt, this two-seater sports coupe certainly isn’t a car for the school run and expect sky high short term car insurance.

It may not be cheap at £300,000, but that does compare very favourably with the other top tier supercars currently available such as the Keonigsegg or the Bugatti Veyron which can come in at more than three times the price of the Aventador. And with that in mind you do get a lot for your money from the stylish Italian manufacturer, such as an 4th generation electronically controlled all-wheel drive system and a seven-speed single-clutch semi-automatic transmission that delivers devilishly quick gear changes.

Image: Lamborghini

Not cheap, but it’s unlikely you’d be disappointed.

So if you are looking to live life in the fast lane then the Aventador does as it says on its shiny, aero-dynamically engineered tin. It is a smooth, stylish sports car in which you can let loose on the open roads and also have a convenient excuse not to car pool the neighbourhood kids.

That said if you are taking the Aventador out for a test drive then make sure you have adequate one day car insurance in place. Earlier this month Police in Newham in East London stopped a Lamborghini Aventador as it was missing a front number plate. Further checks revealed that the driver’s insurance policy didn’t cover him to drive the super car leading to it being seized and subsequently sold at auction. A costly mistake, to remind us that even when living in the fast lane it is important to do so responsibly.

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