The standout running-back for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch is known for two things: His punishing running style, which is often referred to as “Beast Mode,” and his affinity for the sweet and sour, colorful candies known as Skittles. What many NFL fans do not know is that he sometimes goes into beast mode on the freeway, as well. Relax Seahawks fans; I am not referring to a blistering case of road-rage but to his swanky Matte White 2014 Lamborghini Aventador sports car. On any given day in Seattle Marshawn can be seen driving around in his pride and joy. Let’s take a look.
Lamborghini is an Italian sports car manufacturer, owned by the Volkswagen group, through its subsidiary Audi. The company was originally founded in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini, a farm tractor mechanic. It seems that old Ferruccio loved bull fighting and he had a real soft spot for the proud bovine athletes with which the brutal spectacle was carried out. He not only adopted the charging bull logo for Lamborghini, he also named his models after particularly impressive four-legged specimens. The Aventador drew its moniker from a bull which fought fearlessly in the rings of Saragossa, Spain in the year 1993.
Officially called the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe, it was unveiled initially during the Geneva Motor Show in February of 2011. Using a patented carbon-fiber monocoque shell with an aluminum independent front and rear wishbone suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, coil springs, electronic stability and traction control, and electronically controlled four-wheel drivetrain, the Aventador has been deemed the best handling super-car in the world. That is saying a lot, when you claim that title from a category of cars that is known for possessing extraordinary handling characteristics.
Stopping prowess for the Aventador comes via a state-of-the-art ceramic four-wheel ventilated disc brake system with an electronic brake distribution controller, electronic parking brake, and an autonomous electronic brake assist system.
Putting the hoof prints to the pavement is a 6.5-liter V12 DOHC engine with variable valve timing and multi-point fuel injection. It produces 700hp and 509 lb.-ft. of torque. This Italian beauty has a top speed of 217 mph and can blast from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.9-seconds. The Aventador is equipped with a seven-speed automated manual gearbox, referred to as a robotized independent rod transmission, an electronically controlled front differential, and a mechanically controlled rear differential. Despite all attempts at fuel economy; including engine stop/start, which disables the engine when idling at traffic signals, and cylinder deactivation technology that kills six of the twelve cylinders under light highway acceleration, the Aventador only manages to irk out 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway but who cares? At a starting MSRP of over $375,000 if Marshawn can afford the sticker price, he can sure afford to pay for the fuel.
To say that the Aventador is eye catching or head turning is an unforgivable understatement. Its exterior appearance is unrivaled among things that roll, walk, or crawl. With the aggressive stance of a predatory beast, wide and low, this car appears ready to devour the street like the superstar Seattle Seahawk running-back devours yardage.