THIS IS THE FASTEST SPORT CAR | LAMBORGHINI HURACAN STO 2021| UK REVIEW
What is it This is, arguably the last hurrah for Lamborghinis entry level sports car in its current guise, the final encore before the Lamborghini Huracn and its epic mid mounted V10 are consigned to history by the relentless march of electrification., As youd expect, the Italians are determined To go out in flamboyant style, which is where this STO comes in.. This circuit, sired, stripped out version promises to be the most extreme and exciting incarnation. Yet, which is quite something given that the Huracn has hardly been the shy and retiring type over its almost eight year, production run. Tuned for the track and boasting bespoke carbonfibre panels, a host of aero upgrades and unique suspension tuning the STO Super Trofeo Omologato dont. You know takes its cues from the firms. One make race series: cars. Very few stones have been left unturned in the pursuit of performance, with the look at me, bodywork being the most obvious clue to this cars hardcore intentions. Outrageous. Aero aside, the STO gets a carbonfibre clamshell front end and the same lightweight material is used for the engine cover and rear wings. Theres. Even a thinner, windscreen. Overall weight is down to 13’kg dry, which represents a saving of 50kg over a standard rear, wheel, drive Huracn. And that aero Well at 174mph, theres up to 420kg of downforce available with the rear wing in its most aggressive setting. Youll need an allen key to make adjustments, while aerodynamic efficiency is improved by 37 over the old Performante.
The last attempt at an extreme track, toasting, Huracn., Big numbers, but largely irrelevant away from the confines of a circuit., Speaking of which were already driven the car on track and came away more than a little impressed., With all that weight removed and the aero doing its Invisible thing the low slung Lambo delivered a dynamic display to rival such paragons of motorsport infused performance as the Porsche 911 GT3 and McLaren 765 LT. High praise indeed.. Yet, while track time was the ultimate target in the development of this outlandishly bewinged and carbonfibre, flavoured son of SantAgata, the reality is that its likely to spend more time sashaying down the road or tucked up in a garage gathering value than it will shaving tenths of A second from lap, times., Even Lamborghini, admits that only a third of owners will end up going around in circles., So whats it like when you leave the circuit and hit some of the UKs gnarliest and most knotted roads Whats it like. If anything, the Lambo looks even more outlandish on the road, its massive rear wing vestigial roof top snorkel. It appears to do very little because the engine still breathes through ducts in the rear, wings and gravel grazing front splitter, giving it true eye. Swivelling, race, car refugee, visual appeal among the everyday traffic.. The garish graphics wont be to all tastes. But even if you choose the delete option on these decidedly aftermarket additions, you can still expect to be the centre of attention wherever you go.
Inside the louvred engine cover cuts, rear visibility to zero, while the circuit star vibe is enhanced by the Alcantara wrapped wheel and Dashboard, the liberal use of carbonfibre and the looped fabric door pulls.. That said, the recumbent driving position is spot on. You get a great view forwards and theres even Apple CarPlay.. This Huracn is habitable. Flick back the red guard covering the starter, prod the button beneath and youre granted entry to the STOs star attraction. Its mid mounted 5.2 litre V10.. This last of the line celebration of naturally aspirated internal combustion is largely unchanged over the standard Evo, but a bespoke exhaust means it sounds even more extraordinary. While the carbon clad rear wheel, drive, STOs weight savings, add a little extra urgency to the performance., Even so compared with the rabid, turbocharged punch of the McLaren 765LT or a Ferrari 488 Pista. The Lambo feels a little lethargic at low revs. Were talking. Relatives here of course. Engineers have tweaked the mapping for more urgency at lower speeds, but surprisingly theres no power increase over the standard car. The 631bhp peak a telling sign that the 5.2 litre unit is at the very limit of development., Even so, as the digital rev counter needle swings quickly around its dial, the STOs true potential is uncorked. From around 4500rpm, the Huracn starts to accelerate with vicious intent and By the time it hits the 8500rpm redline the howling bellowing popping and crackling V10 will have sent you into sensory overload.
, especially once it starts to gobble through the seven speed, dual clutch transmissions short and closely stacked ratios.. You can really use the performance in the first four ratios, unlike taller striding rivals that are already travelling at highly illegal speeds by the time youve hit the top of second.. Of course, youd expect the Lambos engine to be gloriously unhinged, but more surprising is the deft way. The chassis deals with the UKs scarred roads.. Yes, the ride is firm, but like the Performante that preceded it, the STOs adaptive dampers round off all the worst edges. Ramp up the pace and body control is exceptional. The Huracn shrugging off challenging topography with near perfect poise, with only really ragged surfaces, upsetting its equilibrium.. In fact, the STO feels remarkably at home on twisting back roads. Its a bit darty and nervous to start with the active rear. Steering is a little too keen to rotate the car into corners, but calm your inputs and youre soon revelling in its twinkle toed agility. As it slices through a series of corners with an uncanny lack of inertia and laser guided, precision. Turn in and theres, virtually no understeer, while the mid corner balance is sublime, allowing you to load up the chassis just so. Better. Still, the combination of beautifully judged throttle response and the engines deliciously progressive, torque delivery means you can subtly play with the cars angle on exit. Its not quite as expressive as a Pista, but its not far off.
Its helped by the use of a fixed ratio for The steering, rather than the Evo versions, frustratingly inconsistent variable, set up and in Trofeo mode theres a welcome meatiness, normally absent from the Huracn, which allows you to more accurately judge grip levels, even if its not ultimately as chatty and revealing as a Porsche 911 GT3s.. The carbon brakes are up to Porsche standards, though. They lose their initial grabiness to deliver powerful and easily modulated stopping power.. Should I buy one If you have the means and dont mind being the centre of attention the Lamborghini rewards in spades on the road.. A 911 GT3 gives a little more feedback and features controls with a finer polish, while a Pista is out and out faster, but for visceral thrills. The Huracn is up there with the best and this time, its not all down to that ludicrous. Yet life affirming V10., In fact its all so well judged on the road that youll soon have forgotten about meaningless downforce figures and faster lap. Times. Crucially, youll be mentioning the Lamborghinis name in the same breath as some hugely talented opposition. Theres. Also, the small matter of it being a genuine series production car, which means youre more likely to get your hands on one than some of its rivals. Even if this years allocation is already sold. More important, the STO is a truly fitting. Last hurrah for the Huracn. Technical specs Model tested Lamborghini Huracn STO Price 260012 Engine V10 5204cc petrol Transmission, 7 speed, dual clutch automatic Driveline layout, Rear wheel, drive Power 631bhp at 8000rpm.
Torque 416lb ft at 6500rpm, 0 62mph 3.0sec Top speed 193mph Kerb weight, DIN 13’kg dry Fuel economy; 16.