Meet the real off-road supercar.
World, meet the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato, the real all-terrain supercar and the final send-off of the V10 engine in a Lamborghini product.
Lamborghini's off-road Huracan has been in development for several years, after a concept car set tongues wagging and proved the viability and demand for such an oddity. Today, the production car makes its debut at Art Basel in Miami.
Lambo says it's the first super sports car designed for maximum driving pleasure away from the asphalt, which is the same philosophy adopted by Porsche with the new 911 Dakar - which is classified as a sports car, not a super sports car, before we start arguing about which came first. We'll leave it to the Germans and Italians to fight that one out.
"With the high-speed all-terrain concept of the Sterrato, we have uniquely combined the driving experience of a true super sports car and the fun of driving a rally car," explained Rouven Mohr, Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer. "Lamborghini cars always deliver emotion: the Sterrato delivers a new degree of driving thrills."
The Sterrato is based on the Huracan Evo but uses an updated version of Lamborghini's Integrated Vehicle Dynamics (LDVI). The Strada (street) and Sport modes have been tweaked, and a brand-new Rally Mode joins the Huracan clan - specifically developed for maximum grip and engagement on loose surfaces.
The Sterrato sits 1.7 inches higher off the ground than the Evo, with long-travel suspension shipping standard. Like other go-faster off-roaders based on regular models (like the Ram TRX and Ford Raptor R), the Sterrato has wider track widths. The front is 1.2 inches wider, while the rear track has been increased by 1.4 inches. These figures may seem small, but they will significantly impact the Sterrato's ability to tackle gravel roads at high speed.
The reinforced sills, rear diffuser, and wheel arches protect the body and give the Huracan that rugged off-roader look. Our favorite addition is the air intake on the rear hood. It feeds a fresh supply of dust-free air to the engine and is a glorious homage to mid-engine rally cars past and present.
The Sterrato is powered by the mildest version of the famous naturally aspirated V10, also used in the Evo RWD and the recently launched 2023 R8 GT. It produces 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque.
A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends the power to an electronically-controlled all-wheel-drive system with a rear mechanical self-locking differential. Lamborghini can't say this in its press release, but what this means is the Sterrato will be more tail-happy than a Jack Russell that's been fed a bowl of heroin. The idea of sliding around a corner while bouncing the NA V10 off the rev limiter gives our combined souls a massive erection.
Straight-line speed hasn't been affected too much. Lambo says it will get from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, despite the fitment of Bridgestone Dueler AT002 rubber. Where performance figures have been hampered is at top end, where the Huracan Sterrato's top speed is limited to 160 mph - likely by the tires - instead of the standard Huracan Evo's 202 mph.
To keep the speed in check, the Sterrato has aluminum fixed monoblock brake calipers with six pistons at the front and four at the rear. Ventilated and cross-drilled carbon ceramic brakes are a full 15 inches in diameter up front.
All of the above requires a lot of space, which is why the Sterrato is equipped with 19-inch rims wrapped in Bridgestone Dueler AT002 tires custom-engineered for the car. These run-flat tires let you drive for 50 miles at up to 50 mph with zero tire pressure, meaning you need not worry about how hard you tackle those trails.
The tires come with a new innovative pattern and a "cutting-edge compound" that will provide adequate grip on gravel and tarmac while retaining most of the Huracan's excellent handling characteristics, both on the track and on the trail. Lamborghini was adamant during development that the Sterrato had to still be a Lamborghini at heart, capable of running the Nurburgring as well as the dirt paths around it.
The interior is largely unchanged from the standard Huracan Evo, although Lambo didn't furnish us with any interior pics of the newcomer. Lamborghini is big on the fighter pilot theme, but the Sterrato has model-specific Alcantara Verde Sterrato upholstery. Naturally, the touchscreen interface has new graphics for the new Rally driving mode. The instrument cluster also comes with a digital inclinometer with a pitch and roll indicator, a compass, a geographic coordinate indicator, and a steering angle indicator.
Amazon Alexa integration can control most of the functions, while the Lamborghini Drive Recorder will let you record your antics, which we suggest you don't share with the world on YouTube. Apple Watch owners can also synchronize their heart rate with the on-board telemetry. In short, Lamborghini has given you a new goal to achieve. Did that last skid only result in a 100 BPM heart rate? Why not go for 150...
Only 1,499 units will be made. with the Sterrato being the last iteration of the Huracan to utilize the V10 engine. Customers will have full access to Lamborghini's Ad Personam program, providing 350 exterior colors and 60 interior colors to choose from in customizing the Sterrato to their spec. Production will begin in February 2023.