The car promises to be just as much of a speed demon off the road as on it
Compared to Ferrari, Lamborghini is clearly a little less attached to its reputation as a sports car maker. The former recently announced a temporary halt to the production of its first and only SUV, the Purosangue, despite – and because of – its popularity. Having vowed never to allow the SUV to take up more than 20 per cent of its annual production output, the brand is sticking to its word.
Lamborghini, on the other hand, opened this month by unveiling the Huracán Sterratp at art Basel Miami Beach, a car that’s more off-roader than sports car, and its third one at that.
The marque’s two other off-roaders are the LM002 and Urus SUV. But while the Sterrato takes after them in capabilities, it’s still very much Huracán in looks. In Lamborghini’s own words, its latest creation is an “all-terrain super sports car”.
To turn a sports car into an off-roader, the Sterrato comes equipped with an updated version of the Lamborghini Integrated Vehicle Dynamics (LDVI) system, which includes Strada and Sport calibrations. It also marks the first time the Huracán has been equipped with the Rally mode optimised for low-grip conditions.
Compared to the Huracán EVO, everything’s raised a little higher in the Sterrato: the ground clearance by 44mm, the front track width by 30mm, and the rear track width by 34mm. The aluminium front underbody protection, reinforced sills, rear diffuser and wheel arches form an armour that shields the car’s body from rough terrain and enthusiastic driving.
Supporting the car are 19-inch rims fitted with custom-engineered Bridgestone Dueler AT002 tyres. Designed specifically for the Sterrato, the special compound material and innovative tread pattern on the tyres provide perfect grip on any type of surface, while maintaining excellent handling and high speed performance for a thrilling driving experience.
Powering all this is a 5.2-litre V10 engine with a maximum output of 610CV and 560Nm of torque. Expect to go from zero to 100km/hr in 3.4 seconds, with the capability of hitting a top speed of 260km/hr.
The speed may have you feeling like you’re taking flight, but that may well be the interior’s doing, too. Lamborghini’s “feel like a pilot” philosophy for the Huracán places the driver at the centre of the cockpit for unparalleled access to all the controls
On-board services include Lamborghini Connect, which is integrated with Amazon Alexa so that a simple voice command is all that’s needed to adjust the air conditioning, lighting, navigation, phone calls, and entertainment system. Thanks to the Lamborghini Unica app, some features, such as speed monitoring and setting of the destination in the navigation system, can be accessed remotely.
Even first-time off-road drivers can feel like seasoned pros with the Human Machine Interface (HMI), which, for the first time, will come with a digital inclinometer with a pitch and roll indicator, compass, geographic coordinate indicator, and steering angle indicator. A connected telemetry system allows you to monitor your driving performance and analyse it via the Unica app. If you have an Apple watch, you can even synchronise your heart rate information with the telemetry system.
Once you’re driving like a pro, you’d love the Lamborghini Drive Recorder. It allows you to record your most best driving moments and is an enhancement to the Board Diaries feature, the digital memory book integrated into the Unica app.
The Huracán Sterrato’s interiors come clad in exclusive Alcantara Verde Sterrato upholstery available in a rainbow of more than 60 colours to choose from while its exterior can be customised in 350 colours.
The car has a limited-edition production run of just 1,499 which will begin in February 2023.