Lamborghini Huracan STO Launched-Prices At INR 4.99 Crore
The Lamborghini Huracan STO isn’t a direct replacement for the Huracan Performante. Whereas the latter was a hotter, scaled-up version of the ordinary Huracan, the Super Trofeo Omologato is a Super Trofeo Evo race car that has been homologated to be road legal; barely.
The Lamborghini Huracan STO is priced at Rs 4.99 crore (ex-showroom) in India, before options, and while it sits at the top of the Huracan food chain, it would take a lot of commitment to pick it over the lesser Huracan models.
The Lamborghini Huracan STO uses the same naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 as the rest of the Huracan lineup, but there’s no power boost over the Huracan Evo or Performante. You still get 640hp, but the torque is reduced, at 565Nm against 600Nm, and that’s where the STO differs from the Performante — this one is rear-driven, much like the race car.
Thanks to an improved version of LDVI – the electronic brain that regulates all driving systems, including rear-wheel steering – it’s not too difficult to drive. On the ‘Anima’ system, there are three new STO-specific drive modes: ‘STO’ for street driving, ‘Trofeo’ for maximum grip and lap times, and ‘Pioggia’ for wet laps. Even though it features race-spec anti-roll bars and firmer suspension, it still has adaptive dampers and an optional nose lift function to help it get over speed bumps.
It is reported to accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 3.0 seconds flat (0.1 seconds slower than the AWD Evo, but 0.3 seconds faster than the RWD Evo), with a top speed of ‘just’ 310 kilometres per hour. To give it that race-car feel, it’s believed to have a quicker throttle response and a raspier engine noise at higher revs. The Lamborghini Huracan STO, on the other hand, isn’t about acceleration or peak speeds; it’s all about delivering the best possible performance through bends on a racetrack, and some fairly drastic measures have been taken to achieve that goal.
This V10 supercar is 83kg lighter than an AWD Huracan Evo and 43kg lighter than a Performante, with a dry weight of just 1,399kg. Only the top and doors are not constructed of carbon fibre, and further carbon fibre components can be added to further reduce weight.
The ‘Cofango,’ which is a combination of two Italian terms that signify ‘bonnet’ and ‘fenders,’ is the most unusual piece of bodywork. To save weight and complexity, the entire front portion is made of a single carbon fibre panel that folds up forward like a big clamshell in a reference to the Lamborghini Miura. There are ducts in this single-piece bonnet that vent air that is driven into the expanded front splitter, which reduces frontal lift and eliminates the need for a luggage bay in the nose.
Front fender vents minimise turbulence in the wheel arches, while the rear haunches have been resculpted to include fins to channel air into the intakes and spoiler. The front and backtracks have also been substantially expanded. A massive dorsal fin runs down the STO’s’spine,’ counteracting yaw and roll and boosting corner stability, and then there’s the big wing. It lacks the ALA active aero flaps seen on the Performante, instead opting for three fixed levels that must be modified manually, much like a race car.
All of this amounts to a 37 per cent increase in aero efficiency over the Huracan Performante, as well as the potential to generate 420kg of downforce at 280kph, according to Lamborghini.
According to Lamborghini, a new Performante model is improbable because the Huracan Evo now offers the same level of performance in a more accessible package. The STO, priced at Rs 4.99 crore, targets the growing number of supercar purchasers who visit racetracks on weekends in the hopes of beating their previous lap time.
It’s a lot more serious driving machine than the Performante, and consumers seeking a high-spec Huracan should consider getting an Evo and adding performance options to it. Choosing the STO, the most extreme road-going Huracan ever involves more than simply a financial investment; it necessitates a stronger dedication to the art of driving.