After Porsche presented its rustic 911 Dakar at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Lamborghini is now unveiling the Huracan Sterrato at the Art Basel art fair. A car that no one missed and yet apparently everyone wants.
Normally, supercars like the Lamborghini Huracan advertise their superb performance and superb handling on racetracks. It may come as a surprise why the Sterrato is now becoming a pseudo off-roader, because not only has its ground clearance been increased by 4.4 centimetres, but the front and rear axles are also given a track that is around three centimeters wider.
The drive of the mid-engine athlete is well known, because the Lamborghini Sterrato is also powered by a 5.2-liter ten-cylinder naturally aspirated engine that delivers 449 kW / 610 hp and a maximum torque of 560 Nm. Will a customer ever want to disappear off-road with this 4×4 athlete? Hardly – there are also significantly better cars at Lamborghini. After all, the Urus is also a real bestseller.
But as with the Porsche 911 Dakar, there is a trend that such vehicles can easily be sold to collectors and fans at handsome prices. Like the Porsche 911 Dakar, the Lamborghini Sterrato is only available in a limited number – but at least 1,499 vehicles will be produced from February 2023 and distributed among the off-road-hungry Lamborghini disciples.
A car that hardly anyone has missed so far, but which can shine with one undeniable advantage: it differs from most other sports cars. And since many customers today are primarily concerned with being different and standing out, there is hardly anything standing in the way of the success of the all-wheel drive Sterrato in the coming year.
The fact that the driving performance is worse than the comparable Huracan Evo due to the changed design and the potential area of application will hardly bother the customer, because even with an image spurt from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of a surprisingly low 260 km/h you can stand out in this design. In addition to the increase in ground clearance and the widened track, there is an aluminum underbody protection at the front, reinforced rocker panels and a rustic-looking rear diffuser and chubby wheel arches. The well-known air intake on the rear bonnet not only underlines the look, but also ensures that the engine is supplied with clean air on dusty slopes.
If a customer does get lost on an impassable track, a locking differential on the rear axle, carbon ceramic brake discs and special off-road tires in size 235 / 40 R 19 at the front and 285 / 40 R 19 at the rear help to ensure that the inexperienced off-roader does not gets stuck at the first pothole. With run-flat technology, the Sterrato can drive around 80 kilometers to a safe area in the event of a flat tire.
The interior of the rustic Huracan brother presents itself in the well-known noble Lamborghini design with Alcantara upholstery. The touchscreen features graphics and features specific to dirt road driving. For the first time there is, among other things, a digital roll and pitch display for measuring the inclination angle of the vehicle, a compass and a display for geographic coordinates and the steering angle. Exactly the right toy for 1499 collectors who can already look forward to the new off-road athlete from Santa Agata by Christmas 2022.