It’s ironic that Lamborghini’s first off-roader will also be its last pure combustion vehicle. That’s what you get with the new Huracan Sterrato, and it’s finally official with a debut underway for Art Basel in Miami.
This is the culmination of months of spy photos showing the Huracan in action elevated. The exterior design was officially revealed early November, though it was a bit shrouded in smoke. Now we have full disclosure, and here’s what you wanted to know. The Sterrato has a modest 1.7-inch suspension lift over the Huracan Evo. This allows for more suspension travel, and Lamborghini provided Sterrato with an updated version of its Integrated Vehicle Dynamics system to take full advantage of it. There’s new calibration for the Strada and Sport driving modes, and there’s a new Rally mode dedicated to low-grip surfaces.
As well as being taller, the Huracan Sterrato is also slightly wider. The track stretches 1.2 inches at the front and 1.3 inches at the rear, and of course it’s all-wheel drive. 15-inch brakes with six-piston calipers provide braking power at the front, with 14-inch discs and four-piston calipers at the rear. They’re tucked behind 19-inch wheels shod with a special set of Bridgestone Dueler AT002 all-terrain run-flat tires, made especially for the car. They’re still low profile 40 series rubber, but at least there’s a small more sidewalls for protection and comfort when venturing off the pavement.
The tires also offer a bit more ground bite, which is important when you have 602 horsepower (449 kilowatts) and 413 pound-feet (560 Newton-meters) of torque to play with. That’s the rating for this version of Lamborghini’s 5.2-liter V10, sending all that power through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. When grip is tight, the Huracan Sterrato will reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and continue to a top speed of 162 mph. It’s not as fast as the other Huracans, but it also has a very different purpose in life.
That is further proven by the visual appearance of Sterrato. Aluminum underbody panels protect key parts of the powertrain. It also gets reinforced sills and a relocated air intake at the rear of the roof, designed not to wade through deep water but to draw in clean, dust-free air. It’s impossible to miss the bold fender arches and additional nose lights, and moving inside you’ll find exclusive Verde Sterrato Alcantra upholstery with new graphics on the touch screen. There are also several off-road focused instruments including an inclinometer, pitch and roll indicator, steering angle indicator and more.
If the Sterrato isn’t special enough, Lamborghini says there are “nearly limitless” possibilities for customization. Through the Lamborghini Ad Personam program, 350 exterior colors and 65 interior shades are available.
While the customization may be nearly unlimited, Sterrato itself is not. Lamborghini will build 1,499 units for the world, with production starting in February 2023. Pricing will be announced later.