There has been a recent trend for carmakers to create an off-road version of their supercars as we saw with the Porsche Dakar. Why? Because they can and it’s a bit of fun. These are a last hurrah for supercar makers and their internal combustion engines so they’re having fun with it by asking, “what if we equip these beasts for off-roading for the first time?” So Lamborghini have thrown their hat in the ring with the Huracán Sterrato.
Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, said the Huracán is an “Avant-garde work of art, a radical and original interpretation of the super sports car concept, and a car that belongs in the world’s most dynamic and exciting driving environments.”
So how did they achieve this “avant-garde work of art”? It all starts with the suspension which obviously had to be raised by 44mm (in comparison to the Huracán EVO) to actually clear obstacles in your way. The body is a little wider too, so the track of the car is extended by 30mm in the front and 34mm in the rear.
While the car may have been raised, you’re still going to worry about damaging your Lambo, thankfully, some protections have been added to the body, underbody, sills, rear diffuser, and wheel arches.
What about driving through dust? Not to worry, they’ve added intakes on the rear to ensure a supply of clean air reaches the engine on those dusty tracks.
In true Lamborghini fashion, model-exclusive 19-inch wheels have been added. The custom Bridgestone Dueler AT002 tyres measure in at 235/40/r19 in the front and 285/40/r19 in the rear. The tyres have been designed with a special compound that can provide grip on both tarmac and gravel.
Those grip levels are then altered using the latest version of the Lamborghini Integrated Vehicle Dynamics system. Specifically calibrated modes for grip include STRADA, SPORT, and RALLY.
There are improvements to the interior mostly with the touchscreen. Featuring new graphics and off-road specific driving features. These features include a digital inclinometer with a pitch and roll indicator, a compass, steering angle indicator, and a geographics coordinate indicator. All of these are first for Lamborghini.
The engine is still the stellar 5.2-litre V10 pumping out 610hp at 8,000rpm and 510Nm at 6,500rpm. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission transfers power to all four wheels with a locking mechanical differential in the rear. Naturally, the car can do 0-100km/h in 3.4s for a top speed of 260km/h (160mph), which is slightly slower than previous Huracáns and that’s partially thanks to the weight difference. Compared to the Huracán LP 610-4’s 1,422kg, the Sterrato comes in at 1470kg.
Production numbers for this beast will be limited to 1499 units and production will start in February 2023. Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet, but estimates have suggested a number within the $700,000 AUD before any add-ons.