Should you buy a Gallardo STS or the Huracan STO

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If you would spec the new 2021 Lamborghini Huracan STO like this, she does resemble the Gallardo STS. Image Copyright: Mark Smeyers

Automobili Lamborghini SpA just released the ultimate, streel-legal version of the Huracán, the STO, or Super Trofeo Omologata, in all sense of the word a racecar that is legal to drive on the open road, complete with massive, adjustable, carbon fiber rear wing, a deep front spoiler with large air intakes, big vents on the front hood, which by the way is a single piece with the fenders and it tilts up, hinged at the front … and last, but not least, a ram-air intake on the engine cover that is visible above the roof.

So it’s safe to say the Huracán STO is a beast, and derived from the current, factory official racecar, the Super Trofeo EVO, and the GT3 EVO, but made usable for everyday driving, if you can live with the very small, actually non-existent, luggage space, but let’s not forget this isn’t the first time Lamborghini released a car like this.

Nine years ago, in September 2011, at the IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Stephan Winkelmann, who will become the CEO of Lamborghini again on December 1st, 2020 after being away for nearly 5 years while Stefano Domenicali was CEO, unveiled a bright red Lamborghini Gallardo STS, or Super Trofeo Stradale … which at that time was something like the streel legal version of the Gallardo Super Trofeo racecar, much like the Huracán STO today.

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But there was more, at that same IAA show, but two years later, Lamborghini came up with the Gallardo Squadra Corse, because the Gallardo Super Trofeo race car had an update, which is referred to as the FL2, for FaceLift 2, they created an evolution of that car for the street, the Gallardo Squadra Corse, still 570hp like the STS, but now with the upgraded, triangular intakes on the bumpers.

Back to the Gallardo STS, with a limited production run of only 150 units, and the option of only four shades, the Gallardo STS is a rather rare Bull, finished in either Rosso Mars, Grigio Telesto, or Bianco Monocerus … the latter two being non-metallic shades in case you are wondering, and while I liked the red STS a lot, just about the only visible things taken from the racecar were the large rear wing and the engine cover with quick-release system, making it a two-person job if you wanted to access the V10.

So what about the 2013 Gallardo Squadra Corse then? Now this is a much rarer car, only 50 would be built, with 15 of those reserved for the US market, and there was a catch … while other markets would be able to select from a palette of four different shades (grey, white, red and yellow) all 15 units that would be shipped to dealers in the United States were finished in Giallo Midas, so these are about as rare as it gets in the Gallardo line-up.

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So the first official photos of the Gallardo Squadra Corse were published in July 2013, by December 2013 we got to see the first images of the new V10 model, the Huracán, which would be publically unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show … 7 years later, in November 2020 the Huracán STO was introduced … and while initial rumors mentioned this would also become a limited edition model, nothing about production number capping is to be found in the press release.

So will they build as much Huracan STO as orders come in, or will they eventually limit it to 700 units, which is a number that was floating around on the internet before the release, and it seems you can order the STO in any shade you like, with different wheel options, a black or color-coded roof and engine cover … it almost feels like a more expensive, more brutal version of the Huracán that’s on the price list, nothing more.

So I wonder if getting a Huracan STO is the best bet at this moment in time? Right now, I would wholeheartedly say yes, this is a stunning car, it looks amazing straight from the factory, and you can spec it just as you like, even the Ad Personam studio is involved option wise on the Super Trofeo Omologata, and I’m sure the driving experience will be unbelievable with all the goodies from the Huracán EVO underneath a stunningly aggressive body … but what about the future?

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Currently, the Huracán STO is listed at about USD 330,000 before taxes, back in 2013 the Gallardo SC was USD260,000, but today both the Gallardo STS and the Gallardo SC are around the $200,000 mark, and with the rarity of these two initial Super Trofeo derivates, I guess their price won’t drop any further, and possibly even increase, while it seems the Huracán STO isn’t limited at all, and if they eventually limit the production we might be looking at 700 or more units.

In the long run, I think the Gallardo Squadra Corse is a much better investment, with the Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale a close second, but today I would also go for the brand new Huracán STO and enjoy it to the fullest, this isn’t a car that deserves to become a garage queen, the Super Trofeo Omologata wants to be driven … driven hard.