Hardcore Lamborghini Huracan STO is a road-legal track destroyer

Published: 18 November 2020

► The CAR lowdown on the Lambo Huracan
► Hardcore STO is homologated racer
► Plus details on Spyder and RWD versions

Lamborghini’s Huracan supercar has a new flagship: the Huracan STO. STO stands for Super Trofeo Omologata, meaning this Huracan is a road-homologated version of the brand’s Super Trofeo racing car.

It certainly looks the part. An all new body kit is applied here, with a front apron and bonnet arrangement inspired by the Sesto Elemento; a jutting front splitter and twin air ducts on the bonnet boost airflow to the central radiator. NACA ducts on the rear fenders increase downforce, too, and there’s a hexagonal roof scoop to help the engine breathe. But, if you want to talk downforce, the massive manually-adjustable rear wing and central shark fin take care of that.

Read our review of the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO

Give me STO performance details

Well, the 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 remains the same one as the EVO, good for a 3.0sec 0-62mph sprint and a top speed of 193mph. Those figures are slightly (s)lower than the regular EVO due to the additional aerodynamic properties of the new bodywork.

Huracan STO overhead

The track is wider, the suspension bushes are stiffer and the STO has bespoke anti-roll bars. The STO keeps the EVO’s rear-wheel steering properties and has adaptive dampers, too.

There has to be more performance kit than that…

We’re not finished. The STO has new ANIMA drive modes the other Huracan variants don’t have: STO, Trofeo and Pioggia. STO is the default mode, designed for maximising performance on the road; Trofeo is designed for dry track attacks; Pioggia (meaning ‘rain’ in Italian) optimises the car for wet track tarmac. Carbon ceramic brakes from Brembo are standard, too.

Huracan STO rear

Inside, the STO has carbonfibre seats with racing harnesses and, carbonfibre doors with specific lightweight door pulls and uses acres of alcantara on the dashboard.

I want a Huracan STO!

You can order one now, with deliveries starting in the spring of 2021. For the UK market, Lambo says the Huracan STO will be priced from £216,677 before taxes.

While the STO is the new halo car, there are still plenty of variants of the regular Huracan. Keep reading for your full Huracan briefing.

Lamborghini Huracan EVO: engine specs

Huracan twins

In the case of the regular EVO coupe and Spyder, Lamborghini has taken out the engine from the pre-update Performante, so there’s 631bhp available at a screaming 8000rpm and 442lb ft from a 5.2-litre V10. For the RWD model, the engine is detuned to 602bhp and 413lb ft. Regardless of which Huracan you pick, that shrieking V10 is connected to a super-slick seven-speed dual-clutch ‘box.

The 0-62mph sprint for the coupe is over with in 2.9sec – the same time as the Performante – and on to a max speed of 202mph. The Spyder achieves the sprint in 3.1sec, the RWD model in 3.3sec and the RWD Spyder in 3.5sec.

Still a brute then…

Maybe so, but Lamborghini says this one is more intelligent at dealing with all of that power due to a new ECU in the all-wheel drive versions with a fantastically Italian name: Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI).

In the standard and Spyder models the new ECU has not only that to manage but the new rear-wheel steering system that features here, too – something all new to the Huracan and something its Audi R8 cousin doesn’t get. The adaptive suspension has also been revised for greater stability, says Lambo, and dynamic steering is still optional.

What else is new?

The interior has undergone considerable changes, much to the pleasure of hacks like us that thought the tech was a couple of levels behind the supercar curve. The biggest difference is a new 8.4-inch touchscreen planted low in the dashboard that controls media and climate with very-on-trend-if-gimmicky gesture control. Lamborghini also says the new Huracan can be had with a dual-camera telemetry system for setting your best lap times.

Huracan interior

Lamborghini is also pushing its Ad Personam personalisation scheme with the EVO, and points to the new four-layer Arancio Xanto colour, and details including speccing some interior accents in the Carbon Forged Composites made famous by the pre-update Performante. Style packs and ‘carbon skin’ paint are available, too.

Any Huracan EVO Spyder specifics?

The roof can raise or lower in 17 seconds at up to 31mph and there’s no detriment to the top speed with the roof down compared to the coupe. Lambo also claims the EVO Spyder has five times the maximum downforce of the previous Spyder.

Huracan spyder side

What about the Huracan RWD model?

The less-powerful-but-lairier Huracan EVO RWD has a specifically-tuned traction system that allows power to still be fed to the wheels even mid-powerslide. Lambo says the system avoids a sharp cut-off of power when a slide is engaged, allowing better traction upon corner exit.

You can tell some minor differences between the regular EVO and the RWD model in terms of design, too. The RWD has a cleaner front apron with two fat fins cutting diagonally downward, with the front splitter having just one element, rather than the regular car’s two. The rear diffuser, too, has been tweaked specifically for the RWD mode.

Huracan EVO: price and release date

Lamborghini’s updated Huracan is on sale now, with a pre-tax UK price of £137,000 for the RWD, £165,256 for the coupe, and £181,781 for the Spyder.

Check out our Lamborghini reviews

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches