Forget the Nurburgring - the Huracan Sterrato is a true off-road supercar.
The new Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato is a bittersweet model for the automaker that calls Santa'Agata Bolognese it's home. On the one hand, we have an anomalous 602-horsepower V10 super sports car that reimagines what's possible when smooth tarmac turns to dirt, but on the downside, this will be the brand's last supercar with no form of electrification.
Equipped with all-wheel drive, a raised ride height, and a modified suspension previewed by a concept of the same name from 2019, the Sterrato ('Sterrato' in Italian translates to 'dirt road') has a broader spread of capabilities than any Huracan before it. Rivals for the Sterrato barely exist, but Porsche has cooked up its own rally-style sports car in the 911 Dakar. The Sterrato has a beefed-up body, a raised ride height, and looks wilder than any Huracan before it. While one can easily question the logic behind the Huracan Sterrato's existence, we can't help but be enthralled by a mid-engined supercar with the ability to entertain on dirt roads as formidably as Lamborghinis always have on the track.
With an unveiling in November 2022, the release date for the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato will follow in the first quarter of 2023. Production of the 1,499 units will start in February 2023.
Significant enhancements to the suspension and underbody were applied to make the Sterrato capable on the dirt. As a result, we expect the price of the 2023 Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato supercar to be more than for the base Huracan Evo, which begins at about $200,000 in the USA. In Europe, the Sterrato starts at the equivalent of around $274,000 at current exchange rates, so that's the sort of MSRP we expect in the USA.
As far as rivals go, the closest thing to the Huracan Sterrato conceptually is the new Porsche 911 Dakar. The 911 Dakar will be more accessible as Porsche is making 2,500 of them and it will start at $220,000, less than the Sterrato. You can read more about these two off-road supercars in our comparison of them.
Nobody is going to confuse the exterior of the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato for that of a regular Huracan. Yes, it's clearly from the same family, but the Sterrato's modifications for off-road use have had quite a transformative effect on its appearance.
In front, the 2023 Huracan Sterrato shares a similar main headlight signature to the standard Huracan but has additional horizontal LED lights optionally available for its nose. Lower down in front, there is a skid plate that protects the underside, and these protective enhancements continue along the sides. Rugged, bolted-on fender flares frame new 19-inch wheels wrapped in custom Bridgestone Dueler AT002 tires. Lamborghini says that these tires can adapt to any condition and surface, and they have run-flat technology enabling you to drive with a compromised tire for speeds of up to almost 50 mph for a distance of around 50 miles.
Roof rails are another addition over the standard Sterrato, and the Sterrato name appears low down on the doors. Aluminum front underbody protection and reinforced sills also form part of the upgrades, protecting the Sterrato across harsher terrain. The air intake on the rear hood helps to supply the engine with air when driving on dusty tracks.
At the back, there are dual high-mounted tailpipes. Overall, if you had to explain these updates to the Huracan without seeing them, it would sound bizarre. Somehow, though, a rugged, dirt-covered Huracan looks pretty awesome.
Although pictured in an army green-like hue in the official press pictures, there will be many, many other Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato colors to choose from. The automaker says there are 350 exterior colors available via the Lamborghini Ad Personam program. Some of the ones that jumped out at us via the configurator include Verde Mantis (green), Rosso Mars (red), Arancio Borealis (orange), and Giallo Inti (yellow). The Sportiva specification includes Viola Pasifae (purple) and another green known as Verde Selvans, and you can also choose from matt shades like Bronzo Zenas and Nero Nesoi. Forged Matt Bronze wheels can replace the standard ones, there are multiple brake caliper colors, and several livery options.
Yes, the Sterrato is an infinitely customizable car.
The final dimensions of the new Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato coupe reflect its raised ride height and wider tracks. At 49.13 inches in height, it is 3.27 inches taller than the Huracan Evo thanks to a combination of raised ride height and the new roof rails. Compared to the Evo, the body width without the mirrors is up by almost an inch at 77.01 inches, and the Sterrato is 0.25 inches longer at 178.15 inches. The Sterrato's wheelbase is 103.5 inches in length.
Ground clearance is up by 1.73 inches compared to the Evo, and the front/rear track widths have increased by 1.18 and 1.3 inches, respectively.
Whereas the Evo with AWD has a dry weight of 3,134 pounds, that increases to 3,241 lbs for the reinforced Sterrato.
Lamborghini has confirmed that the Huracan Sterrato's engine will be a version of its incredible V10. Displacing 5.2 liters, it produces 602 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque in this application. The V10 directs power to all four wheels and is paired with a seven-speed LDF dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Lamborghini has quoted a 0-62 mph time of 3.4 seconds, half a second off the pace of the Huracan Evo. That's no surprise considering the Sterrato's wider spread of capabilities for off-road use. The 0-124 mph sprint is dispatched in 9.8 seconds (0.8 seconds behind the Evo), and the top speed is 162 mph, far below the Evo's 202 mph. Obviously, those special tires have their limitations.
More importantly, it's the Huracan Sterrato's ability to be thrashed in the wild that will separate it from virtually every other supercar. It comes with a rear mechanical self-locking differential, all-wheel steering, and an updated LDVI (Lamborghini Integrated Vehicle Dynamics System). Strada and Sport modes have been specifically calibrated, and there is a Rally mode for low-grip conditions, a first for any Huracan.
Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, with six pistons in front and four at the back.
There's a good chance that this will be the least efficient Huracan yet. While EPA data hasn't been released yet, the standard Huracan only achieves 13/18/15 mpg city/highway/combined. Used in anger on the gravel trails it was designed to conquer, don't be surprised if the Sterrato dips into the single digits. This will hamper its range, but this is unlikely to detract from what makes the Sterrato so special. At least the large 21.1-gallon gas tank will provide a more usable range.
Lamborghini strangely shared no official images of the Sterrato's interior, but we were able to see it via the new configurator. The Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato's interior shares its basic layout with the Huracan Evo but comes with a couple of changes that are unique to this model.
Alcantara Verde Sterrato upholstery adorns the seats of the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato. As with the exterior, there are more colors than can be covered here, including over 60 leather hues. That includes black leather with contrasting colors like Arancio Dryope (red), Blu Amon (blue), Bianco Leda (white), and Verde Hydra (green). The dashboard and roof lining are finished in full Alcantara, lending the interior a racy look, even if the basic design has aged in recent years. Optionally, Lamborghini will let you add a titanium roll bar, the Sensonum sound system, and even a fire extinguisher.
The Human Machine Interface (HMI) now comes with updated graphics and new features specifically for the Sterrato. The instruments now have a digital inclinometer with a pitch and roll indicator, a steering angle indicator, a geographic coordinate indicator, and a compass. Integration with Amazon Alexa and the ability for Apple Watch users to sync their heart rate with the on-board telemetry system are other cool toys. And we can't think of a more applicable Lamborghini for the brand's Drive Recorder - in the Sterrato, we're sure users will be able to record some fantastic footage in the dirt.
The cargo space in the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato is the same as in the Huracan Evo, which means you only have 3.5 cubic feet of space to play with.