Naturally our attention was drawn to the Lamborghini Aventador Jota being unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, but in one of the other halls in the Expo palace we encounted another rare Aventador … created by Mansory.
A bit unexpected perhaps, but the clients of Mansory range among the most wealthiest people in the world, so it was only a matter of time before this german based tuner of high end super cars would be getting their hands on a Lamborghini, and if you are going through all the trouble of developing and building a tuning package for a Raging Bull why not go for the top … and completely change the latest flagship available from Sant’Agata … the Aventador LP700-4.
Now Mansory has a ‘love it or hate it’ relationship with owners of these exotic super cars, and with Lamborghini clients this is very much alive, when this red metallic car was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show the reactions were fierce … and ranged from the best right down to the worst … but you have to admit Mansory didn’t cut too many corners when they developed their vision of the Lamborghini Aventador … and I guess it does sell anyway.
Lets take a closer look at the Lamborghini Aventador after the company founded by Kourosh Mansory works their magic on it, as they’ve been doing for the last 20 years by the way, as the original Aventador is almost completely made up from carbon fiber it was only reasonable Mansory would continue the road set by Lamborghini. All parts they add to the Raging Bull before they call it a Mansory edition went through a prepreg-autoclave process before they were fitted to the car.
At the front we get a different bumper with modified air intakes to allow more air onto the coolers, Mansory also fits DRL’s … or daylight running lights on the Aventador in case you don’t like the Y shaped original ones, also note this new front section increases down force. Both fenders and the entire front hood are replaced with new Mansory made pieces including additional air vents, some in clear carbon fiber, others painted in a magnificent look dark red metallic shade, take a closer look at the fenders and you will notice the width of the Aventador has grown by 40mm up front … and even 50mm at the back where Mansory also fit wider body sections.
The side sills of the original Aventador are replaced by new Mansory units with different air outlets, also note the large intakes behind the doors are modified too, bigger and finished in clear carbon fiber there is even an extra fin inside them, the air outlets in front of the rear wheels also get a carbon fiber cover now, just to make them look in sync with the rest of the car.
At the rear we find a new diffuser, naturally in a glossy carbon fiber finish too, and the large air outlets below the taillights receive a Y-shape inset reminding the design of those taillights that now get a full carbon fiber rear wing to replace the original one … and Mansory even adds a second wing on top of that mounted on two struts … small detail: at speed the wing still rises up like on the standard car.
With all the carbon fiber all around it does make sence to finish the entire roof including the shoulder mounted air intakes in clear carbon fiber, and while you’re at it, why not cover those exterior rear view mirrors with the same lightweight material too.
A lot of reactions were about the wheels Mansory mounted on this Aventador model, big 9x20inch up front and 13×21 inch at the rear with 255/30 ZR20 and 345/25 ZR21 Hankook tires respectively … some very impressive figures on ultralight forged rims that receive some nice looking carbon fiber sections on the five spokes … however the design of these wheels gave way to some heated discussions between both Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts.
If you think the exterior was extensively modified you are in for another surprise when you open the door, the entire interior of the Mansory Aventador has been redesigned, from the stitching pattern on the seats and doors right up to the carbon fiber central console and modified dashboard layout, Mansory even replaced the steering wheel with their own model … and in case you are looking for that red start button on the central console you are out of luck … Mansory moved it up onto a roof console.
Now it might all look impressive, but how does all this carbon fiber add on influence the performance of that V12? Don’t worry, Mansory also handles the ECU re-programming and installs a massive looking exhaust system on their Aventador custom … the result is a nice 745PS (555kW) at 8300 rpm and an even more impressive 750 Nm at 6000 rpm, top speed has been increased to 355 Km/h with acceleration figures of 2.8 seconds from a standstill to 100 Km/h … a slight increase over the standard figures of 350Km/h and 2.9 seconds respectively … probably the wider wheels at the rear and the added aerodynamics consume the additional horsepower … price: about €600,000.
As I mentioned before, not everybody likes what Mansory did to the Lamborghini Aventador, but I for one will admit they really put some serious work in to creating a very special Raging Bull … and in case this red metallic Mansory Aventador just isn’t special enough Mansory offers the next step : The Black Diamond … also called the Mansory Carbonado.