Lamborghini Aventador S has more power, more poise

More power, more poise and the biggest styling update to the Lamborghini Aventador that went on sale in 2011.

Meet the Aventador S, the latest addition to the supercar family and a car designed to amp up the dynamic characteristics of the Italian car maker's flagship.

However, even if you have a lazy $788,914 lying around, it's likely you'll have to wait until 2018 to take delivery of the Aventador S. Dealers in Australia are expecting to get only about 20 of the latest addition to the Aventador range and already, demand is running hot.

Four-wheel winner

Key to the updates to the scissor door, carbon fibre-bodied, two-seat supercar is an edgier look characterised by new bumpers and revised side air intakes said to increase downforce and reduce aerodynamic drag. The rear wheel arches were inspired by the legendary Countach.

But it's the addition of a new four-wheel steering system and heavily revised suspension setup that promises the biggest change to the driving experience of the Aventador.

As well as improving around town manoeuvrability, the four-wheel steering system promises better high speed stability, cornering accuracy and faster lap times.

Power and drivability

Of course, it wouldn't be an updated Lamborghini without more power and the Aventador delivers with another 40hp, or 30kW, taking the total output to about 550kW – making it one of the most powerful cars on the road.

Sending power through a four-wheel drive system, the Aventador S is claimed to reach 100km/h in just 2.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 350km/h.

Despite updates to the naturally aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine, it still falls 10hp shy of the more track focused Aventador SV.

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However, the focus for the Aventador S is more everyday driveability than breaking lap records. As a result, Lamborghini has added a customisable setting to its selectable driving modes.

The new EGO mode allows drivers to program the suspension, throttle sensitivity, exhaust sound and gear changes.

Cash to splash

The basics of the Aventador are unchanged; it still uses a carbon fibre body and monstrous carbon ceramic brakes.

Despite the hefty price tag, the Aventador misses out on Android Auto Connectivity, instead only offering Apple CarPlay. An advanced lap timing system is one of numerous options that can push the price tag higher.

For now, the S treatment is limited to the Aventador Coupe but logic suggests it will eventually flow through to the Roadster.

Oh and just in case you're thinking of scraping together the $788,914, also be prepared to shell out close to $50,000 in on-road costs, depending on what state you live in.