Meet the Lamborghini Huracan STO – the crowning glory of Lamborghini’s Huracan lineup. The aim of the game was to create a road car that emulated the highly successful GT3 and Super Trofeo gentleman racer. Considering that the Huracan Performante was one of the Raging Bull’s most impressive efforts, the STO needs to be something special.
At the heart of the Huracan STO is a familiar 5.2-litre V10 engine that makes the regular Huracan such a joy. However, this unit has been tuned to output 631bhp and 656Nm of torque while remaining beautiful naturally aspirated. Engine responsiveness has been boosted, along with the exhaust note at high revs. All of this Italian-bred performance is sent directly to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Want some performance figures? That V10 will get the supercar from 0-62mph in just 3 seconds, while it will rocket on to a top speed of 193mph.
Being heavily inspired by the racers, it’s perhaps obvious that the Huracan STO has lost some weight. It is 43kg lighter than a Performante, with a dry weight of 1,339kg. Utilising carbon fibre in more than 75% of its bodywork, a windscreen that’s 20% thinner and magnesium wheels makes this supercar ‘slimmer of the week.’
Less weight means better acceleration, faster changes of direction and less work for its brakes to do.
In a similar fashion to the McLaren Senna, the Lamborghini Huracan STO features carbon-carbon, or CCM-R,brakes that deliver on incredible braking performance. In fact, these discs are 60% more resilient to fade and have a 25% stronger bite. Produced by Brembo, these brakes are at least 7% more effective than what came before them. STOs will go from 62mph to a dead stop in just 30 metres.
The car also hosts a system that monitors brake temperature and display it within the infotainment system. From here you can see if the brakes are up to temperature, or if you’re not pushing hard enough!
Aerodynamic packaging is a big part of the Huracan STO. Not only does it look as theatrical as you’d expect a Lamborghini special to be, but there’s plenty of functionality here, too.The car’s spine that runs along the engine cover is designed to increase stability at speed along with the subtle fins protruding from its shoulders. An agressive front splitter, adjustable rear wing and prominent diffuser pushes this supercar into the Tarmac at speed. Said wing has three settings ranking from low to high downforce.
The openable front compartment dubbed the ‘cofango’ opens as one single piece much like the Muira. It has specially shaped nostrils to help cool the radiator, but also divert turbulent air away from the roof-mounted air intake.
Changes to the underneath of the car also contributes to delivering 450kg of downforce at 174mph. The STOs race car looks are far from all show and no go.
The Lamborghini Huracan STO takes full advantage of its short wheelbase for agility, but in addition to its natural attributes, further revisions have been made. This supercar’s track has been made wider to boost stability and grip, there’s a bespoke set of Bridgestone tyres wrapped around the magnesium wheels, new anti-roll bars have been installed, the steering ratio is more direct, new bushings and Magnaride 2.0 also features.
There are three selectable drive modes; STO, Trofeo and Pioggia. The latter is for use in wet conditions, while STO is a balanced road mode. Trofeo is all about setting the car up for the best lap times.
We were amongst the first in the world to drive the Lamborghini Huracan STO in prototype form, so be sure to check out our track test and the video below. THere’s even more STO action to come over the next few days, so stay tuned!