Officially unveiled in Miami on Wednesday, the Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato will be the world’s last gasoline-powered supercar. It will also be unlike any Lamborghini supercar before because it is designed to go off-road.
If Mad Max owned a Lamborghini, it would probably look a lot like the Sterrato, with its large, dark-colored fender flares, off-road lights on the hood and air scoops on the roof. Strato means “dirt road” in Italian.
Other Huracán supercars have air scoops on the side, but on this car, the side air scoops are permanently enclosed. Instead, the car’s 5.2-liter V-10 engine gets air drawn from the top to reduce dirt being sucked in while the tires draw up clouds of dust. There are also roof rails for attaching luggage and gear, something not usually seen on a Lamborghini sports car.
“It’s a completely different Lamborghini,” said Lamborghini’s lead designer, Mitja Borkert. “It’s for the guys here in Italy who go skiing. You go to the Dolomites and you have a pretty cool van where you can put your skis, your snowboard, your kite surfers, or if you’re in California you can put your surfboard in Introduction “.
The Stirato is about 1.75 inches higher off the ground than a typical Huracan supercar and about 1.3 inches wider with its large fender flares. (They are slightly wider at the rear wheels than at the front). The lower part of the pointed nose of the car is protected by an aluminum shield.
The general idea is similar to that of the recently unveiled Porsche 911 Dakar, another lifted sports car with squiggly tires both companies are part of the Volkswagen Group family. But the Huracán Sterrato concept came entirely from within Lamborghini, Brokert said, as engineers were developing the Urus, Lamborghini’s SUV.
“It was so much fun drifting and driving the Urus [off-road] To which we said, “Why can’t we also have the same driving fun in a super sports car?” Burkert said. “And the Huracan is clearly the perfect choice because of this fun V-10 engine.”
Inside, the Sterrato’s digital instrument cluster provides data not normally required in other Lamborghini supercars, such as an “incline and turn” gauge that shows how far the car is leaning from side-to-side and front-to-rear. One trade-off for the extra off-road performance is that the Sterrato will have a lower top speed than other versions of the Huracán. With its 601-horsepower engine, you’ll only be able to hit 160 mph instead of 200 mph, like other Huracan models.
Production of the Huracán Sterrato will begin at Lamborghini’s factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, in February. Only 1,499 cars will be built, with a starting price in Europe of €263,000, or about $271,500. Pricing for other markets, including the United States, has not been announced.
The Sterrato will be the final version of the Huracán. Lamborghini recently ended production of its flagship supercar, the V12-powered Aventador. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann previously announced that its future supercars will be plug-in hybrids, which contain electric motors in addition to the petrol engines. Lamborghini is also working on an all-electric car, but it will be a four-seater, not a traditional supercar.
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