Say goodbye to the Performante and hello to the STO.
The Lamborghini Huracan Performante gained a lot of publicity when it set a new Nurburgring lap record back in 2017. But as technology has improved, rival automakers have stolen the Nurburgring crown from Lamborghini and the Huracan Performante is ready to be retired. This is its replacement: say hello to the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Omologata (STO).
Slotting above the Huracan Evo, this is a street-legal version of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo race car, and it looks absolutely wild. Despite its array of aggressive aerodynamic racing components, the Huracan STO can be enjoyed both on the track and the road, riding on 20-inch magnesium wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza available in road and track configurations.
While the STO is still recognizeable as a Huracan, there are some significant styling changes that make it more track-focused. The hood, wings and front bumper blend into a single component Lamborghini calls the "cofango" (a mash-up of Italian words for "hood" and "fender") to increase airflow. New air ducts on the front hood increase the airflow to improve engine cooling and generate downforce. The cofango panel also incorporates a new front splitter that directs airflow to the redesigned underbody and to the rear diffuser.
At the back, the rear fenders derived from the Super Trofeo Evo race car incorporate new air intakes while an air scoop fitted to the rear hood provides extra cooling. An integrated shark fin improves the cornering capabilities while an adjustable spoiler increases the car's aerodynamic efficiency.
As a result of these aero tweaks, overall airflow efficiency increases by 37 percent and downforce increases by 53 percent over the Huracan Performante. The track-focused STO is 95 pounds lighter than the already lightweight Performante, with a curb weight of just 2,951 pounds thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber applied to over 75 percent of the bodywork.
Powering the Huracan STO is a 5.2-liter V10 sending 630 horsepower to the rear wheels, matching the output of its predecessor, though torque has reduced from 443 lb-ft to 417 lb-ft. 0-62 mph takes just three seconds, while 0-124 mph takes nine seconds before the STO maxes out at 193 mph.
New Brembo CCM-R carbon-ceramic brakes enable the Huracan STO to come to a standstill from 62 mph in just 98 feet. Lamborghini is confident the Huracan STO has the "dynamic pace and handling to deliver lap records," so don't be surprised if it attempts a new Nurburgring lap record.
Like the exterior, the interior features extensive use of carbon fiber, with the lightweight material applied to the sport seats, carpets, and door panels. Four-point seatbelts and a redesigned front trunk for helmet storage emphasize the Huracan STO's racing focus.
Unsurprisingly, the Huracan STO carries a hefty price premium over the Evo and Performante. Pricing in the US starts at $327,838, whereas the Evo starts at $208,571 and the Performante had a price tag of $281,048. Sales kick off in spring 2021.