The road less travelled: A super sports car for di...

The road less travelled: A super sports car for dirt roads

Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato

By: Guilherme Marques

It could be crazy, or it could be the best idea Lamborghini has ever had

The Huracán was released in 2014 to replace the Gallardo, becoming the best-selling model in Lamborghini’s history and garnering a massive legion of fans along the way.

As the end of its life cycle draws near, the Italian brand has decided to pull a rabbit out of the hat and show the world that it has not lost its sense of humour. The new Huracán Sterrato is a wonderful marriage of contradictions: the typical layout of a supercar and a huge V10 engine with a higher ground clearance, a 4×4 system optimised for off-road driving and an aggressive aesthetic that seems more apt for the Dakar than the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

According to Lamborghini, the Sterrato is “the first super sports car designed for maximum driving pleasure even away from the asphalt on loose or dirt surfaces, reinterpreting the very concept of sportiness and emphasizing the brand’s principles of bravery, authenticity and the unexpected”.

Compared to the Huracán Evo, the entry-level model in the range, the Sterrato has its own LDVI systemLamborghini Integrated Vehicle Dynamics – with specific tuning in the ‘Strada’ and ‘Sportmodes and a fascinating new mode, appealingly named ‘Rally’, programmed by the Italian engineers to offer the best performances in very poor road holding situations.

Ground clearance has been increased by 44mm, whilst track width grows by 30mm at the front and 34mm at the rear, with the respective widenings reminiscent of the Group B and Group A monsters that marked rallying in the late 20th century.

The air intake on the bonnet is important for providing clean engine air on dusty roads, whilst the aluminium front guard protects the bodywork, and the redesigned rear extractor has been adapted for the Huracán’s new capabilities.

The 5.2-litre V10 engine produces 610hp and 560Nm, coupled with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and reaches 100km/h in 3.4 seconds. It should be Lamborghini’s last purely combustion-powered model.

The interior covered in Sterrato Green Alcantara is unique to the model and the infotainment system introduces new features for off-road driving. The Lamborghini Ad Personam programme allows customers to choose from 350 body colours and 60 colours for the interior trim. It may be that no two Sterrato are alike.


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