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Lamborghini has built a special off-road Huracán 'Sterrato'

Is this lifted, bulked up all-terrain Lambo the perfect car for the modern world?

Published: 04 Jun 2019

This is the Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato. Immediately, we must commend Lamborghini on building what looks like – on first impressions – the perfect car for the modern world.

Just look at it. That bulked up bodywork. Those all-terrain, off-road wheels and tyres. Raised suspension. While it might harbour desires of devouring the world’s rally stages and off-road courses, it certainly won’t break a sweat bouncing over the odd pothole or suspension joint.

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It is meant, says Lamborghini, to bridge the worlds of the supercar and ‘challenging’ environments. To the first point: the fundamentals riff off Lamborghini’s Huracán Evo, replete with that 5.2-litre, naturally aspirated V10 and 630bhp.

To the second point: Lambo’s engineers have recalibrated the drive systems to better cope with off-road hooning. Not our guesswork, but Lambo’s own confirmation: the LDVI system (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata) “provides enhanced rear-wheel-drive behaviour, producing more torque together with additional stabilisation in oversteer manoeuvres”. In plainer English? Find some hills, pin the throttle, send it.

The Sterrato sits 47mm higher than a regular Huracán Evo, and Lambo has increased the departure angle and front approach, and widened the tracks 30mm front and back. Then come those new wide-body wheel arches with integrated air intakes, all the better to accommodate those delightful 20in wheels riding on “balloon” tyres.

There’s special underbody reinforcements on this Huracán Sterrato, along with body protection – a rear skid plate acting as a diffuser. Aluminium parts are integrated within the front frame, covered by a front skid plate, and there’s protective bodywork; stone-deflecting materials surround the engine and air intakes, along with carbon fibre/elastomeric resin mud guards.

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A titanium roll cage adorns the interior, which we haven’t yet seen, along with the obligatory carbon sports seats and four-point harnesses and aluminium floor panels. Rally, after all. And it would be remiss of us not to mention the literal crowning glory of this Sterrato: a roof-mounted LED light bar, to match the ‘flood-function’ LED bumper lights.

“Lamborghini’s R&D and design teams are constantly exploring new opportunities and delivering the unexpected as a core characteristic of our DNA,” explains Lambo’s technical boss Maurizio Reggiani. Unexpected, yes. But wouldn’t a V10-engined rally-spec Huracán make perfect sense for today’s potholed, creaking road network?

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