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The last days of a dinosaur

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Henry Catchpole | Journalist


11 June 2022

You only need to take a trip to the gift shop in the Natural History Museum to realise that dinosaurs sell. A diplodocus on a T-shirt, a cuddly Tyrannosaurus Rex, a psychedelic pterodactyl – all flying off the shelves. Nonetheless, it sometimes surprises me that the Lamborghini Aventador has remained so popular.

The point was rammed home by the latest and last Aventador that I drove recently, the LP780-4 Ultimae. It all started well, because I like the car’s de-winged GT3 Touring aesthetic. Then there are the smiles that go with lifting both the scissor door and the red guard for the starter button. Goosebumps are almost guaranteed from the familiar high-pitched drill-whirr of the starter motor instigating the eruption of 6.5 litres of over-square V12.

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