“That thing looks like a fighter jet,” “…spaceship,” “…Cigarette boat.” Few people in the presence of a 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster can bring themselves to call it a car. It’s the manifestation of immature and indulgent fantasies. And it is magnificent. (Full disclosure: Lamborghini’s PR people bought me lunch at this joint in Malibu that was so fancy I got yelled at for taking pictures inside. Also, did I mention I drove around in an Aventador S Roadster all day?) The enthusiast community has a complicated relationship with Lamborghini, doesn’t it? They’re mechanically impressive and artistically overwrought, but they always seem to be in the hands of people with more money than sense or skill. Top Gear’s Chris Harris put it simply when he wrote “Lamborghinis are for people who can’t drive” here on Jalopnik. Even Richard Hammond famously panned an earlier iteration of the Aventador for basically being “too good,” that the car detracted from an earnest driving experience by being too easy to do scary-dumb speeds in. To be honest, that particular beef is entirely fair. This era of technologically augmented supercars tend to sacrifice the visceral feeling of fast in the name of bigger numbers to print on the brochure, if not more efficient performance and daily drivability. But I don’t care what anyone else says or thinks, and neither will you behind the wheel of an Aventador S Roadster. Being inside this car feels like riding Thor’s hammer straight through the skull of everyone who’s ever… [Read full story]
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