Lamborghini Is About to Reveal Yet Another Huracan Spin-Off
Get ready for the most track-focused Huracan yet: the STOby Ciprian Florea, on LISTEN 05:03
The Lamborghini Huracan is already six years old as of 2020, but it’s not going away anytime soon. Just like its predecessor, the Gallardo, the Huracan could remain in production for up to 10 years. But the really good news is that Lambo is about to unveil yet another version of its entry-level supercar. And not just a slightly beefed-up Huracan, but a track-prepped model that could be greater than the already cool Performante. According to a teaser released by the brand, the new Huracan model will be unveiled on November 18. But what could it be?
The new Lamborghini Huracan could be a homologation special
From the racetrack to the road. The new V10 Lamborghini. We are about to embark on a new, fantastic chapter of our...Posted by Lamborghini on Friday, November 13, 2020
Lamborghini’s teaser shows a car wrapped in a cover with the caption "From racetrack to the road. The new V10 Lamborghini. We are about to embark on a new, fantastic chapter of our history."
That "V10 Lamborghini" tagline is our first clue that this is a new Huracan model, because the Huracan is the only supercar in the company’s lineup that features the 5.2-liter V-10 engine. But the photo also provides hints in the same direction.
Although the supercar is covered from top to bottom, the LED headlamps are on and we can clearly see the W-shaped pattern that’s specific to the Huracan. But there are other interesting details too. The front hood features to sizable vents. While you won’t find them on the regular Huracan or even the Performante model, you’ll see them on the race-spec Super Trofeo model. Have a look below.
The covered Huracan also boasts a rather massive wing in the rear. The Huracan Performante also features a wing, but this one seems bigger and built with a different layout. For instance, it features planes at the corners, which you won’t find on the Huracan Performante. Just like the front hood vents, the layout of the rear wing seems borrowed from the Super Trofeo model. The Huracan GT3 race car also features a similar wing.
So what are we looking at here? Well, recent rumors suggest that Lamborghini is working on a homologation-type variant of the Huracan Super Trofeo and the car in the teaser might be just that. In simpler terms, it could be a road-legal version of the Huracan Super Trofeo.
Word has it Lambo will call it the Super Trofeo Omologato (STO).
But isn’t the Huracan STO just another Huracan Performante?
No. They will be significantly different cars. While the Performance is also a track-ready, more powerful version of the Huracan, its main improvements come from the aerodynamic department.
The Huracan Performance also retains the supercar’s comfort features, so it’s not THAT radical beyond the active aero features and the beefed-up V-10. The Huracan STO is a completely different story. While still more aerodynamic than the regular models thanks to its race-inspired exterior, the Huracan STO’s main feat will be the notably lighter construction.
Lambo will use lighter materials for various components, but it will also strip the interior of unnecessary features, like floor carpeting, leather, sound deadening material, and air conditioning. It will probably feature a roll cage, six-point safety belts, a fire extinguisher system, and a lifting system that raises the front axle.
It will most likely be a successor to the Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale from 2011, which was also based on its Super Trofeo racing sibling. The Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale was around 150 pounds lighter than the base Gallardo and some 400 pounds lighter than the Gallardo Superleggera, so we can expect a similar diet here. With the regular Huracan weighing around 3,130 pounds, the Huracan STO could come in at less than 3,000 pounds, making it the lightest of its kind to date.
The Lamborghini Huracan STO could be the quickest Huracan yet!
No word on what will happen under the hood, but output could remain unchanged compared to the Huracan Performante, rated at 631 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.
Since it will be more than 300 pounds lighter than the Performante, the STO wouldn’t need a more powerful engine to be quicker. But if Lambo decides to tweak the 5.2-liter V-10, don’t expect it to go beyond the 650-horsepower mark.
Still, the Huracan STO should be at least a tenth-second quicker to 60 mph and reach the benchmark in around 2.7 clicks. More importantly, it would also be quicker around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, so expect it to improve on the Huracan Performante’s 6:52-minute lap. Given the lighter weight and race-bred engineering, it could even set a new record for production cars and dethrone the 6:45-minute lap of the Aventador SVJ.