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Lamborghini Aventador S RoadsterPrice £301,934 Engine 6.5-litre V120-62mph 3 secondsTop speed 217mphMPG 16.7CO2 394g/km How long does it take to develop an overweening sense of self-importance and entitlement once you have eased your designer derrière into a Lamborghini? Answer: less than two minutes. Over the years I have been lucky enough to drive some quite astounding vehicles, but the one marque I’d never sampled was Lamborghini. I know! That all changed this week when I found myself at the wheel of the frankly terrifying Aventador S Roadster. Depending on your point of view it’s either a sort of weaponised games console or one of the most awesome V12-powered hypercars ever built. For an hour or so I was driving it myself, but before that for about 20 minutes I was a passenger in the capable hands of André. He’s a pleasant and quietly spoken professional driver (and also clearly a deranged auto sadist) who sent the fire-breathing monster round the track at Goodwood at speeds approaching 200mph. I would have yipped and yeehaaed, but I was genuinely too frightened. Afterwards I asked him whereabouts he’d place those laps in terms of “being on the limit”. He shrugged and said: “Oh, about 5 out of 10.” After André hopped out I was left to contemplate the Aventador on my own. It felt like the moment the lion tamer leaves you in the cage alone. There were a few early issues. First, the doors: called “scissor doors”, these are the features which instantly create spectacle (other than the crazy engine roar, zero ground clearance and military-grade origami bodywork, of course). Once in I couldn’t find the lever to release them and had to tap on the glass for help. Second, getting started: on the dazzling console you’ll find a bunch of buttons. There’s a “P” for park, “R” for reverse and “M” for manual. But there’s no “D” for drive. To make matters more confusing “Neutral” is indicated by 1 on the dash. To move off, you have to pull on the right-hand paddle shifter. Of course I instantly forgot to do this and so spent a while revving the car and going nowhere – which when you think about it is exactly what a lot of Lamborghini owners seem to do. Once I started inching forward – the car growling, groaning and snuffling – the first thing I had to do was drive the Lambo along a narrow single-lane access tunnel to get out on to the public roads. Halfway down it I came face to face with a post van. The driver glared at me and folded his arms. There was no way he was going to back up. But I’m in a Lamborhini. Doesn’t he understand what that means! I can drive anywhere and do anything. Doesn’t he realise I am the king of the road… See what I mean about the rampant entitlement? I clicked the R and gingerly reversed 50ft. The post van swept past without a look. Read All Comments:

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