I’m not even sure if our local Adelaide Lamborghini dealer even keeps a display car on the floor so I made sure to visit Lamborghini Melbourne while I was there recently. Located right at the end of Chapel Street, Lamborghini Melbourne is a sprawling dealership with a good stock of supercars on hand. The main reason for going was to have a look at the new Aventador LP700-4 up close, of which they had a stunning left hand drive example sitting in prime position.
Pushing through the large glass doors into the showroom you are instantly greeted by this Lamborghini V12 coffee table, complete with 6 Weber DCOE carbies. What an incredible piece of art it was. I wonder what it came out of and why; it was probably an Espada or something similar.
Lamborghini also have a retail store a couple of blocks down Chapel street. It was mostly full of surprisingly affordable clothing, shoes and leather goods with the odd Murcielago wheel or carbon ceramic rotor sitting around. I’m not used to seeing the Lamborghini script displayed on a retail strip like this – although 50% off storewide in the actual Lamborghini dealership would have been an interesting proposition.
The Murcielago, of which there were three coupes and this LP640 roadster on the floor at Lamborghini Melbourne, changed the supercar game on its introduction. It’s edgy lines were cleaner, sharper and more contemporary then the equivalent offerings from Porsche and Ferrari at the time and its design has aged well. It’s hard to think that I was just starting year 9 when this car first hit the showrooms. The Murcielago is a very, very hard act to follow.
Even the fuel door has been expertly styled. Look at the way the opening finger handle on the trailing edge has been incorporated into the form of the fuel door, and carries the theme of the whole car. It’s beautiful!
The traditional Lamborghini taillight arrows, a trend first started on the LP640 Murcielago update and carried over to the Gallardo on update, has been nicely worked into the Aventadors lights in a more subtle, tasteful way.
Apparently Lamborghini have capped Aventador production at 4000 units, 99 fewer than the total Murcielago production run. The revolutionary moulds used to produce the carbon fibre monocoque apparently have a working life of 500 units, and Lamborghini have made just eight moulds.
According to Lamborghini the Aventador is at least two generations ahead of any current competition. I’m not sure I’d believe that marketing talk because I hear the Ferrari 458 is damn good, but I’m sure the Aventador is a pretty special device nonetheless. Top Gear’s main criticism of it was that it lacked the drama and excitement of the Murcielago and previous Lamborghini’s. In other words, it just feels too safe.
During my visit a serious prospective customer in his mid 50’s was enquiring about the purchase process to buy an Aventador. It was a fascinating conversation to overhear. Once you’ve agreed to the retail price of $789,000 you must then choose which options you’d like. A fully ticked options list could push your Aventador north of $830,000 pretty easily (an extra $3500 for metallic paint or $27,000 for matte!!). You can then secure your vehicle by making a $50,000 deposit, the balance of the car due on delivery.
From order placement an Aventador takes between four and six weeks to build to your specifications. It is then air freighted to Australia within a couple of days before undergoing an extensive pre delivery inspection and testing process. Once that is complete, you are free to drive away in your new Aventador.
There were a total of six Gallardo’s on the showroom floor. Three coupes, two Superleggera’s and an LP550-2 Balboni edition. I felt they looked a little plain next to the Aventador. The Gallardo replacement can’t be far away now and I’m really looking forward to what Lamborghini will come up with.
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