It seems Lamborghini can’t get out of the Huracan. It’s hard to blame the company, as the aging V10 supercar gracefully still holds up against the competition and has proven to be an easy modular platform, given its multiple iterations. Today a new one comes with the Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica, the ultimate manifestation of the V10 Lambo’s promise to deliver thrill both on the road and on the track.
The Huracan Tecnica takes many cues from the Huracan STO, the track-oriented iteration of the V10-powered supercar. Basically, the STO is as close to a race-ready Super Trofeo race car as the highway laws allow. Lamborghini refined this into a more road-friendly package, which is fun to drive on the road while performing effortlessly on the track. Within the Huracan lineup, the new Technica splits the difference between the track-ready STO and the “normal” Huracan Evo RWD.
“This car really is the perfect bridge between the standard EVO and the STO. The STO is purely for the track and the EVO is a daily use car,” said Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer Rouven Mohr.
It’s powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 – the same one used in the STO – and delivers over 630 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque exclusively to the rear wheels. Power is sent via a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox with variable displacement characteristics depending on the selected ANIMA drive mode.
The technical part of Tecnica is the LDVI system or “Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata”, which influences the dynamic behavior of the Huracan. It coordinates systems such as traction control, torque vectoring and rear wheel steering to produce the desired level of control.
“You can say [the Huracan Tecnica] has three distinct souls: performance, fun to drive, and lifestyle,” added Mohr.
“Strada” is the most stable daily driving mode that makes things as comfortable as possible. Sport makes the Huracan more enjoyable by improving throttle and gearbox response, engaging more torque vectoring and allowing the rear wheels more room to oversteer before intervening, giving the driver a controlled tail-slide drop.
Corsa kicks the Huracan into its most serious and responsive mode, giving the driver everything the Tecnica has to offer for maximum track attack. The throttle for the V10’s output is the most sensitive and the gearshifts are just as aggressive as the speed. Rear-wheel steering, traction control and torque vectoring work overtime to give the Huracan all the grip it needs for hot revs.
“The handling is amazing because you have real control of the car and you can actually play with the car. Compare this to the STO which is a sharp track weapon and this car can also be amazing on the track but at the same time easy and smooth to drive. If you want to oversteer, the handling is very easy,” said Mohr.
“Traction control is more or less explained by the angle of slip and we’ve increased this threshold a bit so you can have more slip, depending on the riding mode.” “We’ve really decided to give the driver a high degree of freedom and then, with a smooth transition, use the traction control, otherwise it will feel tense and interfere with movement.”
Speaking of heat, Tecnica brakes come with track-inspired cooling management, with carbon ceramic brakes featuring specially designed cooling deflectors and caliper channels. This directs airflow into the discs to dissipate heat, keep temperatures low and extend brake pad life. With the Huracan Tecnica’s ability to sprint from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds and a top speed close to 202 mph, you’ll want those brakes to work well and often.
Sharper Display, Sharper Performance
Tecnica’s exterior doesn’t just set it apart from the rest of the lineup. Its revised design is meant to be more aerodynamically efficient while making the most of its lightweight engineering like a full carbon fiber hood. Visually, it splits the difference between its road-riding stablemates and its track-tacular STO counterparts. The new fascia incorporates air curtains, something new for the Huracan. The lower blades of the new front splitter direct air through the wheels for increased cooling and downforce.
Adjustments to the body have resulted in the Tecnica stretching 2.4 inches longer than the Huracan Evo. It’s not much, but considering the two are still the same height and width, the extra inches are enough to make the Tecnica look wilder and wider. A lot of work has also been done to redesign the rear of this particular Huracan which has yielded several benefits.
The increased visibility from the notoriously narrow rear window is a welcome change, albeit only by a few extra degrees. The aforementioned carbon fiber hood covers the engine while the new rear bumper features more optimized air inlets. The two hexagonal exhaust pipes are a really hard cherry on this particular cake.
All together with a new fixed rear wing that gives the Tecnica 35 percent more rear downforce than the Huracan Evo RWD. The Tecnica underbody uses a number of aero ventral deflectors to further improve airflow. The entire package uses 20-inch Damiso diamond-cut wheels featuring a hexagonal design and is wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires.
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As drivers are expected to spend more time behind the wheel than just gawking at all the sharp exterior lines, Lamborghini has made the Huracan Tecnica’s interior a sporty and comfortable environment. Height-adjustable seats with harness seat belts ensure a “sport” part, while the redesigned HMI interface makes the cockpit an inviting place for more than one person.
Typically very driver-focused, the interface has a center screen for passengers to access, allowing them to queue up entertainment options and navigate together. It also logs trip data to share with friends and incorporates What3Words voice command functionality. The HMI is also self-made, and is not a default of any of Lamborghini’s partner brands.
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integrations allow for a smoother transition from your everyday life to your Lambo life. There’s also an amazing level of customization to choose from, which is understandable for a car of this caliber.
Pricing and availability haven’t been announced yet but there’s a good bet that if you have to ask, you can’t afford a Tecnica. The good news is this isn’t a limited run model like the STO, so buy a lottery ticket and hope for the best. We’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel and seeing for ourselves how Tecnica completes the Huracan lineup.
Photo Credit: Alex Kalogiannis