New off-road Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato breaks cover
The lifted and toughened-up Huracan Sterrato could be the last pure petrol Lamborghini
Lamborghini has a knack for shocking the automotive industry with its supercars, but the Italian firm has taken things a step further with its latest creation. It’s called the Huracan Sterrato, and as evidenced by its visual transformation, it’s a Huracan ready to take its V10 thrills off the well beaten path.
With the Sterrato off-road supercar, Lamborghini claims it has “a new segment in the super sports car world”. Although these latest pictures give us an undisguised look at the final car, it will be formally unveiled in Miami on 30 November.
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We first saw plans for the Sterrato back in 2019 with an off-road focused concept car and it looks like the production version will retain much of the prototype’s tough styling. Unlike Lamborghini’s concept car, the production Sterrato won’t feature roof-mounted lights, but does include a large central air intake, possibly inspired by the Huracan STO.
A pair of LED lights appear on the nose of the Sterrato, while the concept’s flared wheel arches are carried over. There’s no sign of the titanium roll cage and front and rear skid plates we’ve seen previously, although there is a small lip spoiler at the rear, as found on the Huracan EVO model.
Lamborghini has previously shown the Sterrato taking on a dirt bike on some loose terrain – not the usual environment for an Italian supercar. This is made possible by the raised ride height – the concept sat 47mm higher to help with ground clearance, while there was also a wider track with increased chassis bracing. The wheels are smaller than the standard car’s, with a bigger sidewall more suitable for off-roading. huge brakes from the Huracan EVO feature, which will be necessary considering the Sterrato will retain the 5.2-litre V10 engine – producing 640bhp and 600Nm of torque. With the incoming Aventador replacement set to use hybrid power, the Sterrato could well be the last Lamborghini with an un-electrified powertrain.
The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox will be calibrated for off-road use, but with the addition of an all-wheel drive system we could see the Sterrato beat the rear-wheel drive EVO’s 0-62mph time of 3.3 seconds.
Lamborghini claims the Sterrato draws on the brand’s brief dabble with rallying during the 1970s, picking up where the specially-modified, desert-going Jarama and Urraco rally cars left off. It’s not the only supercar that’ll be available in an off-road guise, as Porsche is currently working on a ‘Safari’ version of its 911.
Back in 2019 Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer, Maurizio Reggiani (now Lamborghini’s Vice President of Motorsport) commented: “The Huracan Sterrato illustrates Lamborghini’s commitment to being a future shaper: a super sports car with off-road capabilities, the Sterrato demonstrates the Huracán’s versatility and opens the door to yet another benchmark of driving emotion and performance.”
He added; “Lamborghini’s R&D and design teams are constantly exploring new opportunities and delivering the unexpected as a core characteristic of our DNA, challenging possibilities while inspired by Lamborghini brand heritage.”
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