With the new Huracan Super Trofeo Omologata (STO), Lamborghini bids farewell to the outgoing Huracan Performante.
The once-rumoured Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Omologata (STO) has been finally revealed today, and it replaces the Huracan Performante as the new range-topping model in the Huracan lineup. This time, Lamborghini has pulled out all the stops to make the Huracan STO as quick and agile as possible. So, the folks at Sant'Agata Bolognese have taken loads of inspiration from their Squadra Corse racing division. Therefore, the Huracan STO finds its roots in track-spec versions like the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO and the three-time 24 Hours of Daytona-winning Huracan GT3 EVO.
Powering the road-legal Huracan STO is the same 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 that does duty in the Huracan EVO/Performante, with the unchanged power output of 630bhp. But surprisingly, unlike in the other two versions, the V10 in the STO develops only 565Nm of torque (@6,500rpm) compared to 600Nm of the EVO/Performante. To bring true racetrack experience to the road, the Huracan STO remains rear-wheel-drive only and gets three new drive modes – STO, Trofeo, and Pioggia (Rain) – which play around with the Lamborghini Veicolo Dinamica Integrata (LDVI) system.
Though the torque rating has gone down, the Huracan STO has made significant gains in terms of weight-shedding. Thanks to the use of carbon fibre in more than 75% of the bodywork, the Huracan STO tips the scales at just 1,339kg (dry weight) – it's 43kgs lighter than the Performante. That's about the same weight as a Hyundai Creta. As a result, the Huracan STO needs just three seconds to dismiss the 100km/h mark and nine seconds to reach 200km/h. The raging V10 tops out at 310km/h. New F1-style Brembo CCM-R carbon-ceramic brakes help the Huracan STO come to a dead stop from 100km/h in just 30 metres.
With the motorsport prowess of Lamborghini Squadra Corse at the helm, the Huracan STO also features next-level aerodynamic wizardry. While the windscreen alone has been made 20% lighter than before, the entire front section, consisting of the bonnet, fenders, and the bumper, is a single-piece unit, much like the way seen on the Sesto Elemento and the iconic Miura. New air vents on the bonnet, combined with a new front splitter and additional louvres on the fenders further optimise airflow to the engine as well as the front wheels.
The rear fenders, meanwhile, benefit from NACA-style air intakes, which also help increase downforce, and the manually-adjustable, single-slotted rear wing with double airfoil increases the Huracan STO's aerodynamic capability further. Thanks to all these aero tweaks, the Huracan STO achieves 53% better downforce levels than the Huracan Performante.
Of course, the Huracan STO's 'racetrack experience on the road' formula doesn't come cheap. With prices starting from a whopping $327,800 in the US, the car's customer deliveries are expected to begin in Spring 2021.