by Karl Furlong
Soon, the Lamborghini Huracan will be no more, but the Italian marque wants to send this V10-powered beast off into the sunset with a bang - even if it takes a dirt road to get there. Enter the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato, perhaps the wackiest iteration of the supercar yet with its raised suspension and dirt-road capability. Producing 602 horsepower, the Sterrato is not only devastatingly quick, but it comes with specially calibrated drive modes to tackle low-grip conditions. A skid plate, reinforced sills, and Bridgestone Dueler AT002 tires make for a Huracan that looks as insane as it is capable. Remarkably, the Sterrato was revealed mere weeks after another off-road supercar in the form of the Porsche 911 Dakar, creating a mini sports car niche that few could've envisioned. The Lambo is more exclusive and has a more evocative engine, though. It's also off-roading at its most unhinged, and we love it for that.
The new Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato supercar is a fresh arrival for the 2023 model year. It's still a classic Huracan in the way it turns heads and astonishes the driver, but it can do all of this on dirt roads, too. The Sterrato comes with a raised suspension, newly calibrated drive modes, special tires, and a reinforced body to help it cope under these conditions.
The off-road-ready Huracan Sterrato makes its entrance as a 2023 model, but it won't be around for long as only 1,499 examples are destined for production. As with the normal Huracan, the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato has a V10 engine but it is tuned to deliver 602 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque here, sending it to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds. Ground clearance is higher relative to the Huracan Evo, and track widths are also increased. A series of new driving modes makes the Sterrato suitable for use on looser surfaces, and its body has received extra protection for use in harsher environments.
Only a single Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato trim with the same mechanical specs is available, but it's all you need. The heart of this beat is a 5.2-liter V10 engine producing 602 hp and 417 lb-ft. With all-wheel drive and a seven-speed LDF dual-clutch automatic, the Huracan Sterrato can complete the 0-62 mph sprint in 3.4 seconds. It's not as quick as the Huracan Evo, but that's because the Sterrato is equipped for off-road use with unique tires, a Rally mode for low-grip surfaces, and a rear mechanical self-locking differential.
Alcantara upholstery adorns the familiar Huracan cabin, and you can even add a titanium roll bar and a fire extinguisher as options. The center touchscreen has updated graphics and there is a digital inclinometer in the instrument cluster. A Drive Recorder, meanwhile, can record some of the spectacular dirt-road antics of the Sterrato.
The low-slung Huracan might have seemed like the worst possible starting point for a dirt-road brawler, yet the exterior design of the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato is actually one of the car's highlights. It looks phenomenal, with the rugged extras somehow fitting with the classic mid-engine supercar proportions in a way we couldn't have predicted. The suspension has been raised for more ground clearance, and the visual effect of this is balanced by the wheel arch extensions, bolder sills, and thicker rubber. Those Bridgestone Dueler AT002 tires are wrapped around 19-inch wheels, and these tires are adaptable enough for use on smooth tarmac or gravel. Run-flat technology will allow for a maximum speed of 50 mph for approximately 50 miles, even when one of the tires has been compromised.
In front, there is aluminum underbody protection, while the roof rails (with optional roof basket) and horizontal LED lights that are optionally available are not typical features for Lambo's supercar. In dusty conditions, a supply of clean air is still delivered to the V10 by way of an air intake on the rear hood. At the back, the Y-shaped taillights rest above the dual exhaust outlets, which can be optionally finished in matt black.
A 3.27-inch increase in height may not be as noticeable on an SUV, but it makes a world of difference here - that's how much taller the Huracan Sterrato is than the Huracan Evo, with the total height working out to 49.13 inches. The roof rails further add to this figure, although you still won't be scraping the top of any garage roofs. Compared to the Evo, the ground clearance is increased by 1.73 inches, while the front/rear track widths are greater by 1.18 and 1.3 inches, respectively.
Other key dimensions for the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato include a 103.5-inch wheelbase, a body width (excluding the mirrors) of 77.01 inches, and a length of 178.15 inches.
This is a heavier Huracan, with the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato's dry weight working out to 3,241 pounds. That's 107 lbs more than the Huracan Evo.
Rosso Bia (red) from the Ad Personum palette may be one of the worst colors for the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato, as red typically does a poor job of concealing dirt, something this particular Lambo is drawn to. On the other hand, has any Lamborghini looked better when splattered with mud? The Ad Personum palette also includes Giallo (yellow), Grigio Hati (gray), Verde Ithaca (green), and Viola Mithras (purple). There are six other palettes to choose from, so choosing one color will require a day off from work. Base hues with a shiny finish include Bianco Monocerus (white), Blu Eleos (blue), Arancio Borealis (orange), and Nero Noctis (black). In general, the Sterrato appears to work well in lighter shades, as this contrasts well with the black, rugged arches. However, the army look also works splendidly; consider the matt Verde Gea (a beige-like hue), for instance, or Bronzo Zenas, both from the Contemporanea palette.
There are also Eclettica, Tecnica, Sportiva, and Classica palettes, and to go through each option would take up more space than we have here. Once you've decided on a main paint color, your work is far from done. There are three wheel finishes, eight brake caliper colors, and several liveries to choose from.
If 0-60 and lap times are all you care about when taking a supercar out for a test drive review, the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato may disappoint. That's not to say that it isn't dangerously quick, but other Huracans will outpace it. This is simply the price to pay for the Sterrato's abilities on the dirt, but the compromises are only marginal.
The 5.2-liter V10 engine makes 602 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque, and that goes to all four wheels. It'll hit 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, which is half a second behind the Huracan Evo. That gap increases as the speeds rise, with 0-124 mph taking 9.8 seconds (0.8 seconds longer than the Evo), and the top speed is capped at 162 mph, whereas the Evo can continue to over 202 mph. Despite being way down on power at 473 hp, the Porsche 911 Dakar is also quicker (0-60 in 3.2 seconds), but has a lower top speed of 149 mph when running on summer tires.
A new Rally mode is a first for any Huracan and has been designed specifically for low-grip conditions.
In the pantheon of great Lamborghini engines, the V10 perhaps ranks only behind the V12. Displacing 5.2 liters here, the Huracan Sterrato's V10 makes 602 hp and 417 lb-ft. That's fed to all four corners via a seven-speed LDF dual-clutch automatic transmission.
As ever, the V10 elicits a violent roar from behind the driver's head, only here, the noise is competing with the stones battering the body if you use the car the way it was designed to be used. Maximum power is only delivered at 8,000 rpm, so you can fully extend the V10 between each gear change if you're using the paddles or leave the fast-shifting transmission to its own devices. When not used in anger, the transmission is prone to slow downshifts, as has been the case in other Huracans.
The LDVI (Lamborghini Integrated Vehicle Dynamics) system had to be updated to comply with the requirements of driving aggressively on dirt roads, so there are new calibrations for Sport and Strada modes, along with a new Rally mode designed specifically for low-grip conditions. Rear-wheel steering and a rear mechanical self-locking differential work with the Haldex AWD system to deliver the grip and traction required in rally conditions.
Transitioning into oversteer takes longer, but this makes the Lambo easier to drift in the dirt. In this environment, the car is an absolute riot, its engine bellowing and traction optimized between the front and rear to keep you in control. The raised ride height and unique tires won't equate to quicker lap times on smooth tarmac compared to other Huracans, but it's still a joy to drive on a normal track, too. As Lamborghini showed in a video, the Sterrato is also a blast to drift in the snow, and inducing power slides in this environment will make for hours of entertainment.
Carbon-ceramic brake discs with six-piston calipers in front and four-piston calipers at the back help to bring this beast to a stop reliably.
A V10-engined supercar that can be used off-road isn't a recipe for efficiency, and when official EPA data is published, we wouldn't be surprised if the recipe failed to match the standard Huracan's gas mileage of 13/18/15 mpg city/highway/combined. Even at 15 mpg, the maximum range will only be around 316 miles based on the 21.1-gallon gas tank.
Changes to the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato's interior have been less radical than on the exterior, but the sense of occasion when getting behind the wheel is as high as in any other Lambo. Exclusive Alcantara upholstery adorns the seats, but the cabin can be extensively customized to meet the requirements of each customer. The Human Machine Interface (HMI) has been updated with new graphics, and there is even a pitch and roll indicator in the instrument cluster. The infotainment system is not the most modern, but the exotic materials and details like the 12 o'clock marker on the steering wheel encourage aggressive driving, so most won't be bothered by the absence of gadgets.
There are only two seats in the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato, and that's just as it should be. As it has a raised ride height, ingress and egress are a little easier than in the normal Huracan, and once seated, most will approve of the comfortable yet grippy Alcantara Verde Sterrato upholstery. Fully electric and heated seats with two-way lumbar support are available, but these seem at odds with the purpose of this car. Other seating options are available, including lightweight bucket seats formed from one carbon fiber shell and with a Y-shaped design in leather. However, these are only adjustable horizontally.
You still sit low relative to most other road users, and legroom and headroom can accommodate drivers who are just over six feet tall.
The dark Alcantara upholstery that comes as standard looks and feels good, but if we were buying a Huracan Sterrato, we'd definitely go for one of the more flamboyant color choices. Black seats with stitching in Arancia Dryope (red), Arancio Leonis (orange), and Verde Fains (green) are available, and the stitching extends to the dashboard and door panels to nicely add some visual flair. Unicolor leather and Alcantara with contrast stitching is available. This includes a basic color in Nero Ade (black) or Grigio Octans (gray), with a wide array of contrast stitching shades. Bicolor leather and Alcantara is the flashiest choice, as more of the seats are finished in a contrasting color, and with colors like Verde Scandal (a vivid yellow/green shade), you can create some truly eye-popping combinations.
An embroidered Lamborghini shield can be added to the headrest, and the entire dashboard can be finished in Alcantara. Trim choices include dark chrome and carbon, and a titanium roll bar can be equipped behind the occupants.
Interior storage and cargo space are, quite frankly, terrible. The cargo space in the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato measures 3.5 cubic feet in front, which isn't even enough for two small carry-on bags. Interior storage space is also dismal, with very narrow door pockets and a little space for odds and ends in a net situated behind the seats. A phone holder is available as an option, but there are some interesting exterior accessories that aren't normally associated with cars of this ilk. That includes a roof ski and snowboard rack, or a roof basket that can accommodate items up to around 70 pounds, but only at speeds of up to 80 mph. A cup holder and smoker package is available, too.
Instead of a long list of creature comforts, the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato comes with performance gear to elevate the driving experience. Yes, you get climate control, cruise control, a rearview camera, push-button start, power mirrors and windows, a digital gauge cluster, and the availability of fully electric and heated seats, but that's not what this car is about. Rather, most enthusiasts will be enamored by the large paddle shifters for the dual-clutch transmission, and the Anima toggle on the steering wheel that allows for flicking between driving modes quickly. An advanced telemetry system provides access to data regarding vehicle settings, which even includes an inclinometer that shows you the angle that you're driving at. A garage door opener is another option, as are electro-chromatic exterior mirrors.
The latest HMI system comes with fresh graphics and an array of driving features for the enthusiast. This includes a digital inclinometer with an indicator for pitch and roll, a compass, a geographic coordinate indicator, and a steering angle indicator. These can be accessed via a center, portrait-style touchscreen measuring 8.4 inches. At the time of writing, Lamborghini listed Apple CarPlay as an option with no sign of Android Auto, but Bluetooth is available for users regardless of what device they're using. A HardDisk with memory extended to 128GB is also available, along with the Connected Telemetry system. Using this telemetry system, Apple Watch users can even synchronize their heart rate with the car based on driving performance. A Drive Recorder mounted between the seats can record and save some spectacular footage; this is an option we'd gladly spring for. Navigation is standard, while integration with Amazon Alexa can be used to conduct calls or even adjust the air conditioning. The Lamborghini Sensonum sound system is available as an optional extra.
It's not easy to predict how reliable supercars are owing to the fact that very few of them are sold. The Sterrato is brand new, so information about how dependable it'll be is elusive, and J.D. Power has not even issued a rating for the standard Huracan that has been around for much longer. At the time of writing, there were no recalls listed by the NHTSA for any 2023 Huracan, although the standard 2022 Huracan was recalled twice for insufficient transmission oil and a malfunctioning exterior door handle on the driver's side.
The Sterrato comes with the standard three-year, unlimited-mile warranty that applies to other Huracans. This is extendable to four or five years, and there are also optional maintenance packs for three or five years for customers who don't want to worry about anything going wrong.
Both the IIHS and NHTSA have not subjected any version of the Lamborghini Huracan to a crash test, so local crash test safety ratings aren't available. The Sterrato will only be manufactured in limited numbers, so it's even less likely ever to be destroyed in a crash test. All of this means that customers will have to trust that Lamborghini has built a safe car.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
While the most advanced driver-assistance technologies are missing, the Huracan Sterrato has all the essential safety features one would expect. That includes a rearview camera, electronic stability control, conventional cruise control, a powerful braking system with carbon ceramic discs, and traction control. Besides dual front airbags, there are also dual side airbags and dual knee airbags.
Being an extreme high-performance supercar that can also be used off-road, the Sterrato comes with an optional fire extinguisher. No other high-tech options are available, so you'll have to check your own blind spots and view your surroundings using two things that are gradually becoming redundant in modern cars: your eyes and neck.
The Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato can't be judged by any normal car standards. It's too expensive and too exclusive, and it exists in a niche that is so small that only the Porsche 911 Dakar can be considered a rival. But out in the wild - and we really mean the wild, not your average bustling mall parking lot - this car entertains in a way that nothing else does. The howl and power of the V10 will send any nearby coyote fleeing for the nearest bush, and the Sterrato's ability to maintain composure and balance across loose terrain is exceptional. The reinforced body can not only withstand more abuse than the average Huracan, but it endows this supercar with an impossibly cool appearance. There are a few sacrifices to make on the road, but these are only truly apparent when driving the Sterrato back to back with a Huracan Evo, and even then, it's still very accomplished on tarmac. This car expands the breadth of capabilities of a mid-engined supercar and makes rally-style driving seem like the most natural thing in the world. For that, we can't help but admire it.
Although local pricing has not been confirmed, the price of the new 2023 Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato is €263,000 in Europe, which works out to about $284,000 at the time of writing. That MSRP for the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato doesn't include any options or the destination fee, so we expect that most customers will end up paying well over $300,000. By comparison, the Porsche 911 Dakar begins at a cost of $222,000 in the USA.
Many of the options available for the Sterrato are to customize its appearance, with a plethora of colors and materials on the menu. There are a few style packages for the exterior, including the Bronze Serse Matt package that adds a bronze finish for elements like the front skid plate and side skirts. We'd definitely tick the box for the extra pair of LED lights on the front bumper, as these look great alongside all the other rugged add-ons. Customers can also select crossbars or just stick with normal roof rails.
Optional interior equipment includes a titanium roll bar, a fire extinguisher, fully electric and heated seats, and the Lamborghini Sensonum sound system. The Lamborghini Connected Telemetry system, a garage door opener, and a roof basket are also available.
There is only a single trim on offer, so it's purely up to you to decide how to configure the Sterrato. We love the additional front bumper lights and even the crossbars, two features that make the Sterrato even more practical. We'd also choose one of the brighter paints to accentuate the dark fender flares, and we'd go for the upgraded sound system.
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