- The off-road version of the Lamborghini Huracán lives up to the promise of its 2019 concept.
- It has less power than the regular car and a lower top speed, but it adds a raised ride height and a rally mode.
- Customer deliveries begin next year for the Sterrato, which will be the final Huracán variant.
We first told you in 2019 about Lamborghini’s plans to create a Rally Attack-inspired version of the Huracán supercar. Four years later, you’re looking at the production version. A limited run of 900 of the Huracán Sterrato will be produced for all markets, with deliveries starting next year. It will also be the last variant of the Huracán model range, and the last Lamborghini to be powered by the Italian company’s hugely charismatic naturally aspirated V-10 engine.
While the finished version looks very close to the original concept, much has been tweaked and hidden in the move to production. The biggest change is the arrival of a high-level central air intake for the engine at the rear of the roof, which comes as a result of feedback from the engineering team while testing the prototype in desert conditions. “It ate too much dust,” Mitja Borkert, Lamborghini’s design director, admitted at the time C/D talked to him about the car, “or rather the filters blocked way too quickly.” The raised periscope will be able to sit in cleaner air and deliver it to the engine; both of the regular Huracán’s side intakes have now been obliterated. All-wheel drive will be standard, and the Sterrato does without the active rear-steering system of faster road-biased Huracáns.
The new intake system means a slight reduction in power output for the Sterrato’s V-10. It now makes 601 horsepower, a loss of 30 hp over the regular Huracán, though peak torque of 413 pound-feet is unchanged. It’s hard to imagine that the lesser figure will be a deal breaker. Lamborghini claims a 3.4-second time to 62 mph, which sounds unexceptional for a Huracán—we blasted the rear-drive STO to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds last year. But keep in mind that the Sterrato must pass the benchmark while wearing Bridgestone Dueler All Terrain tires as standard. The rubber is also why it has a 160 mph speed limiter, which would make it the slowest production Lamborghini since the monstrous LM002 SUV went on sale.
Suspension changes include a 1.7-inch increase in ride height and resulting improvement in ground clearance. Under the carbon fiber arch extensions, the track has also increased by 1.2 inches at the front and 1.4 inches at the rear. Lamborghini CEO Rouven Mohr says the suspension settings are significantly softer than in any other Huracán, albeit with switchable electromagnetic shock absorbers that still allow variable damping forces. “It was very challenging from a tire point of view to have a set-up that was also stable at high speed,” he says, “but although the limits are obviously lower, the car is also fun to drive on the road, it’s very progressive.”
Although it carries underbody protection and has reinforced sill covers, the Sterrato is designed for dusty and sandy conditions rather than rock scrambling. Like the Urus Performante, it has a new dynamic setting called Rally, which Mohr says will loosen stability control intervention to allow large drive angles on loose surfaces, while still stepping in if the car threatens to spin.
Lamborghini has yet to release any images of the Sterrato’s interior, but we’re told it will feature the new option of Sterrato Green microfiber trim as well as new infotainment features, including an inclinometer, a pitch-and-roll indicator, a compass and a steering angle repeater. It will also have a data recording system that will allow Apple Watch users in its next iteration to synchronize their heart rate with the telemetry.
Two of the Sterrato’s most distinctive features posed significant challenges for the engineering team, but were judged critical to delivering on the promise of the concept. The front auxiliary lights had to be able to pass tough pedestrian impact standards, and the roof rails required the car to carry loads where it was never designed. Although loads will be limited to a modest 66 pounds—which means no roof tents—Lamborghini predicts buyers will opt to carry skis or lightweight bikes.
The original idea for the Sterrato came when Mohr and Borkert, both then new arrivals at Lamborghini, discussed their major automotive influences and agreed on the Lancia Stratos. This led Mohr, who was then head of vehicle engineering, to turn a durability test Huracán into the original concept. As built, it was finished something very similar to the white, green and red Alitalia livery worn by the Stratos in competition, with the colors (but not the pattern) changed for the public images.
Both Borkert and Mohr agree that Lamborghini boss Stefan Winkelmann was critical to the creation of the production version, greenlighting the project almost as soon as he returned to the executive role in 2020. The Sterrato will be sold alongside the existing Huracán range until the car is gone. sale. We don’t have US pricing yet, but in Europe the Sterrato will cost the equivalent of $270,000 at current exchange rates. We can expect to pay a supplement on it.
Will any Sterrato buyers actually use it in their intended environment? Mitja Borkert hopes so. “It’s going to look better when it’s dirty, or when it has some wear,” he says. Here’s hoping that happens.
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