Lamborghini, the iconic Italian automaker renowned for its high-performance road and track supercars, recently released a thrilling pair of videos showcasing the all-new 2023 Huracan Sterrato. In these videos, the Sterrato is seen elegantly sliding across the rugged Californian dirt, illustrating how exhilarating it is to drive on loose surfaces, a first for Lambos, at least since the LM002 back in the 80’s.
Launched in late 2022, the Huracan Sterrato is poised to challenge the likes of Porsche’s 911 Dakar, also sending Porsche on the dirt trails. Promising uncompromising Lamborghini exhilaration on all surfaces, whether it be flat speed tracks, remote dirt roads, or snow-covered trails, this Italian masterpiece is now making its way to Palm Springs, California. Specifically, the Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect backdrop to witness the Sterrato in action, as it embraces the great outdoors and showcases its bespoke all-terrain capability.
Undeniably, California is a remarkable destination within the United States, boasting some of the nation’s top-tier routes for driving, racing circuits, and captivating terrains that provide exceptional off-road experiences. The Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, tucked within the arid Coachella Valley desert, offers an intriguing mix of traditional tarmac and rugged dirt surfaces over a 4km stretch. It’s in these contrasting terrains that the Sterrato truly shines, embodying Lamborghini’s pioneering spirit and unconventional approach. It effortlessly optimizes its vehicle dynamics, guaranteeing unerring control across various driving environments.
By the way, this is also the scene where Lamborghini sent all car influencers to test the Sterrato and report on social media. The most notable Dough Demuro was there as well, check out his take on the Sterrato. He actually said this should get that car straight into collectible material.
Although relatively slower by Lamborghini standards, the Sterrato sits 1.3 inches (44 millimeters) higher above the ground than its closest relative, the Huracan EVO. While this increase in ground clearance may seem insignificant, it has implications for aerodynamics. The custom-made Bridgestone Dueler AT002 tires that hug the 19″ rims prioritize sure-footedness on slippery surfaces over blistering speeds exceeding 200 mph. Furthermore, the aluminum front underbody protection, reinforced sills, and robust wheel arches accentuate the vehicle’s muscularity. The rear diffuser not only protects the car but also adds to its rugged appearance
Powering the Sterrato is the formidable 5.2-liter, naturally aspirated V10 engine, capable of producing 602 horsepower (610 PS) and 417 lb-ft (565 Nm) of torque. Drawing in fresh air from roof-mounted air inlets, this naturally aspirated powerhouse revs beyond 8,000 RPM, showcasing Lamborghini’s unwavering commitment to performance. The engine’s might is channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that sends power to all four wheels.
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What You should already know about the Huracan Sterrato by Now:
- The Huracán Sterrato is the production version of the popular Sterrato concept showcased in 2019. It holds a significant position in Lamborghini’s history as the most likely final model to feature a pure gasoline powertrain making the Huracán Sterrato a highly desirable collectable due to its limited production run of only 1,499 units worldwide.
- The Huracán Sterrato sets itself apart with several notable cosmetic and mechanical enhancements. It boasts 44 mm of increased ground clearance compared to other Huracán models, allowing it to tackle off-road terrains easily. The track widths have also been widened by almost 30 mm at the front and 34 mm at the rear, complementing the flared wheel arches that give the car its unique, robust appearance.
- Notable visual additions include an aluminum skid plate at the front, reinforced side sills, a redesigned rear diffuser, driving lights, and a roof-mounted scoop. Apart from adding to the aesthetics, the roof scoop serves a functional purpose by providing the engine with clean air in dusty conditions. Additionally, customers have the option to equip roof racks for added practicality.
- Under the hood, the Huracán Sterrato is powered by the same 5.2-liter V10 engine found in other Huracán models. However, it has been tuned to produce 601 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, matching the original Huracán LP 610-4 performance. Power is distributed to all four wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system with a rear mechanical locking differential.
- Performance-wise, the Huracán Sterrato can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in approximately 3.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 160 mph (albeit on paved surfaces), making it slower than the traditional Huracan’s.
- Carbon-ceramic brake rotors provide the stopping power of this vehicle gripped by six-piston callipers in the front and four-piston callipers in the rear. While the 19-inch rims are fitted with custom Bridgestone Dueler AT002 run-flat tires. The front tires measure 235/40, and the rear tires measure 285/40, featuring a specially engineered compound that offers exceptional grip on various surfaces, including rough terrain and smooth roads.
- The car’s interior features Lamborghini’s utilization of Alcantara trim, complemented by distinctive additions to the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system exclusive to this particular model. The newest additions to the car include a compass, geographic coordinate indicator, steering angle indicator, and an inclinometer with pitch and roll indicators which gels well with the overall design.