Lamborghini has a long history of giving their exotic Italian machinery very purposeful names, with the latest most likely to be Aventador. The automaker recently registered the Aventador name with the U.S. trademark office and if Lambo’s previous naming strategy is anything to follow, the full name should be Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.
The name Aventador is famous for being a thousand-pound Spanish bull. The name also can mean “one who dares.” Both sound appropriate.
According to info released today, regardless of the name, the successor to the Murcielago will get a 6.5-liter V12 engine making 700-hp at 8250 rpm, with 509 ft-lbs of torque available at 5500 rpm.
Possibly more impressive, Lamborghini has announced a new ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) 7-speed transmission. Rather than opt for the dual-clutch setup becoming popular among other automakers, the ISR is a single clutch unit and will deliver shift times up to half the speed of a dual-clutch setup. Lamborghini also claims that at 154 lbs., the transmission is far lighter than a dual-clutch version and is also more compact. The transmission is able to shift so quickly (40 percent quicker than the E-gear setup in the Gallardo) because rather than having several gears and one shift rod to engage them, there’s a shift rod for each gear, allowing one gear to be engaging as the other one is letting off. The transmission will come with three modes: Strada (automatic), Sport and Corsa.
Coupled with AWD and a new carbon fiber monocoque chassis that will shed as much as 500 lbs from the Murcielago, the new Italian supercar should hit 60 mph in as little as 2.9 seconds.