The raging bull from Sant'Agata Bolognese wants to avoid the midlife crisis by getting a facelift.
The Aventador LP 700-4 has been on sale since early 2011, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Lamborghini is working on an update for its big supercar. It might debut with a slightly different name taking into account the naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine will likely generate more than the 700 PS (690 hp / 515 kW) it currently churns in the standard model. The bump in output should at least match the 720 PS (710 hp / 529 kW) offered by the limited-run Aventador Anniversario introduced back in 2013 in both coupe and roadster guises.
Beyond the expected powertrain upgrades, the 2018 Aventador will also come with a plethora of body revisions created to further improve the high-performance coupe’s aerodynamic efficiency. Some of the changes will be derived from the range-topping LP 750-4 Superveloce, and despite the camouflage we are able to notice additional front air intakes in the bumper as well as a pair of extra scoops above the rear fenders.
Moving at the back, the SV-like massive diffuser hosts a new layout for the triple exhaust tips now part of a hexagonal cluster. Also noticeable is the reshaped bumper now with two more outlets to provide better cooling for the uprated 12-cylinder engine. A mechanical upgrade carried over from the SV might be the magnetic fluid-filled adaptive dampers bringing improved steering and more responsive handling for the bull. While these are standard in the SV, chances are Lamborghini will offer them as optional equipment on the regular model.
Lamborghini will likely have the facelifted Aventador ready for a world premiere in March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show where the coupe is expected to share the spotlight with the roadster. Meanwhile, the VW-owned supercar maker is also working on a beefy Superleggera derivative of the Huracan spotted recently by our spy photographers performing testing rounds on the Nordschleife.