Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato
It is not uncommon to see big automobile manufacturers create an SUV based on one of their existing models. In fact, in the past few years, it has become somewhat of a trend for car companies that deal primarily in supercars to release luxury SUV models for their customer. Even Lamborghini, who's entire line-up so far consisted of only supercars, went ahead and released the Urus, which they dubbed a Super SUV, to compete with similar offerings from Jaguar, Porsche, Maserati etc.
Unfortunately, despite being extremely capable and well designed, most of these super SUVs miss out on the character and raw performance that represents a supercar. The designs turn out pretty bland, and the whole setup seems more geared towards urban laziness rather than off-road shenanigans. Thankfully, Lamborghini took note of this issue, and in a rather cruel move, have created a new type of Super SUV concept car out of the Huracán EVO. The cruelty stems from the fact that it is a one-off concept and will always be the one thing that we want the most, but can't have.
Dubbed the Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato, this car is basically a jacked-up version of the V10 Huracán, with the same 5.2 litre naturally-aspirated engine and a few changes. The first change you will immediately notice, is the 47mm addition to the ground clearance, which has sharpened the car’s front angle and enhanced the departure angle by 1% and 6.5% respectively. This will certainly help in avoiding a lot of bumps and bruises to the body.
The body has been further modified to include an enhanced wheel track of about 30 mm in both the front and rear, along with wider wheel arches to accommodate the 20” wheels that sit on larger tires. They even found a way to integrate air intakes for the brakes and other safety equipment.
Unfortunately, these additions are still not enough to prevent the vehicle from bottoming out in certain cases. Which is why the company has added extra protection for the body, which includes skid plates and aluminium reinforcements for the bumpers, side skirts, and the underbody. There even added special composite bodyworks to protect the engine, air intakes and other sensitive machinery. All of this gives the car a sturdy feel, without adding too much to the weight and feel.
However, what really seals the deal is the LDVI (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata) system that uses predictive technologies to provide special off-road abilities, including but not limited to four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, modified suspension and torque vectoring, as well as calibrated off-road driving to maximize traction, torque and acceleration. What this essentially translates to, is the fact that the car can actually analyse your off-road driving behaviour and road conditions to tweak its performance for actions you haven't even taken yet.
All of this mechanical goodness is wrapped in a body that looks exactly like the EVO, but different. The off-road LED light package, the sexy paint job, as well as the special off-road interior package (with its lightweight titanium roll cage, carbon bi-shell sports seats, aluminium floor panels, and four-point seatbelts) creates a look that is unlike anything we have ever seen. We only wish that Lamborghini would hopefully do a small production run, so we can see these cars dominate the terrain like we know they can.