You ever get the feeling that automakers are understating the performance capabilities of their cars? Some do, and some don't. But it appears that Lamborghini has undershot the v-max on its latest mid-engine V12 supercar, the Aventador LP700-4.

Although Sant'Agata says the Aventador should be capable of topping out at 350 km/h (217 mph), the folks over at Sport Auto, as you can see from the video after the jump, took one all the way up to 370 km/h – that's 230 mph.

As super a car as the Aventador is, those are the kinds of speeds typically recorded by another class of supercar altogether: cars like the McLaren F1 (231 mph), Koenigsegg CCR (241 mph) or Bugatti Veyron (254 mph)... but without the million-dollar price tag that typically goes along with those kinds of bragging rights.



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      AZTrafEng
      • 3 Years Ago
      My thinking is, just because it can doesn't mean it should. Maybe they state the top speed at 217 mph for other reasons (tires, suspension, etc.) that have a much higher probability of going out and causing catastrophic failure when exceeding that limit. Just like in the Top Gear episode with Veyron, they knew how long the tires lasted at a certain speed, but beyond that they had no idea.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Santa, This year, I would like a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador for Christmas. A white one, specifically. I promise you that I have been a very good boy this year. I remembered to eat my carrots, and I did my fair share of household chores. I have always picked up my dirty clothes, and I have always remebered to take out the trash. I have never asked for anything big before, so you migh as well give me something to make up for all those years. I will promise to be a very good boy next year if you give me what I want. Sincerely, J.C.
        over9000
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Dear J.C., I would've given you one, but can you afford gas, insurance, and maintenance? You spoiled brat. -Santa
      bizzoz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm no Vettel or Schumacher...but is this guy taking some rather scary lines? The driver seems to be going ridiculously wide coming out of a few of those apexes.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a Ferrari fan, and I generally frown upon the new "Germanified" Lamborghini's, but that is bad-ass...
      CWT092079
      • 3 Years Ago
      But can it tow my boat?
      Nick Colón
      • 3 Years Ago
      People bitch and moan about things they will never have or experience. Just admit this is one bad ass vehicle.
      mrsaenz13
      • 3 Years Ago
      McLaren F1(231?!?!?) -_______- its 240......
        H
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mrsaenz13
        No it's definetely 231... They've done 242 in one of them, but it had the rev limiter removed. All the other F1's can only hit 231.
      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know where on the Hockenheim circuit this car can reach such a high speed. I know on the longer, older track it may have done it but this new shorter Hockenheim , ... hmmm?
        Georg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        there is a Autobahn next to the track were they can do topspeed runs...
        Rok Avsec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        Probably autobahn :)
      Mike B
      • 3 Years Ago
      230mph ON THE SPEEDO, the real vmax (as it appeared on the printed article and recorded by GPS) was 354km/h or 220mph, yes, Lamborghini underestimated the top speed but only by 3mph.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike B
        I guess that isnt really surprising. Speedometers become wildly inaccurate at high speeds even with only a couple %deviation that could be due to calibration and mostly tire deformation affecting wheel rotation speed. And, I have heard that most automakers are encouraged to make their speedometers 'optimistic' to ensure people dont accidentally stray over the limit for legality.
          NorthernLights
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          Actually, speedos usually overestimate by around 1-2 mph at highway speeds. They are legally allowed to be off by around 5% if I remember correctly.
        protovici
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike B
        Trust the people who made it or some video???
      benzaholic
      • 3 Years Ago
      That last twenty kilometers per hour, from 350 to 370, must require a considerable amount of power. I'm assuming their timings were done in a factory-provided press car. Let's see the Consumer Reports version of top speed, measured in a vehicle they anonymously bought. (cuz everybody that's looking for a Lambo probably relies on CR's automotive opinions) Sure sounds like the press car had been, shall we say, optimized.
      Dvanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      230mph??? Jesus Christ!!!
        scriber72
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        "America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed." -Jesus, 29 AD
        McFly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        @Jonathan Whether you consider him real or not, it's trying to be consideration of others who do find him real (and holy). I just trying point out it could be offensive to some people, if you know what I mean!
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      Regardless of topspeed, I've never wanted a car sooo bad.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onewayroll
        So you can be the Joe Schmo who loses it and jumps a curb six hours after it's delivered to you? I guess 15 minutes of fame, or ignominy on the twittersphere makes anyone's day!
          onewayroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          Keep your dumb comments to yourself...I love the car, so sue me douchebag
          Aki. I
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          Seriously, whats your issue? how do you know the guy doesnt already own a few super cars or just high horsepower cars, and knows how to drive them all at the limits. get a life.
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