We aren’t exactly novices when it comes to off-roading in a Lamborghini Huracán. We mowed the lawn at speeds in the triple digits while navigating the treacherous uphill esses at Virginia International Raceway. On another occasion, we found ourselves on the Patriot Course of VIR stuck behind the guardrail and in the surrounding forest. Don’t ask. Those excursions took place without the participant’s consent. It is insanity to even consider voluntarily leaving the asphalt and hurling a Huracán into the rough terrain below. But the Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato, which serves a dual purpose, defies all logic in every way.


What Sets the Huracán Sterrato Apart from Other Sports Cars

Take a look at the thing’s protruding fenders, the rally-inspired light pods that have been grafted onto its angular snout, the roof-mounted snorkel and optional luggage rack, and the tyres that have the strangest appearance of any that have been installed on a Huracán. It should come as no surprise that this is not your normal supercar. The Sterrato resembles Bruce Wayne in certain ways, but Max Rockatansky more so. This is the first Lamborghini model since the LM002 to maintain its ferocious appearance while still being able to tolerate a certain amount of dirt.

The Sterrato was not produced as a result of Porsche’s efforts to convert the 911 into an off-road vehicle for the Dakar rally. Lamborghini’s idea for the concept stems back to 2017, when the company’s technical team, fresh off their work on the Urus, realised that the LP610-4 all-wheel-drive platform had more potential than it was currently utilising. Why not install it with longer electronically controlled dampers and softer springs to allow 1.7 inches more ground clearance than the Evo? Also, why not fit it with softer anti-roll bars to enable more articulation? If you construct it, people will visit it.

And they arrived in great numbers. The Sterrato was an instant hit even before anyone got the opportunity to test drive one. In spite of having a price tag of $278,972, the number of Lamborghinis that would be produced continued to rise, eventually reaching 1499. All of these vehicles were promptly purchased. The voyage of the Huracán had finally come to a conclusion.

The thrilling 5.2-liter V-10 engine is still the heart and soul of the Huracán Sterrato, just as it was in all of the Huracáns that came before it. This engine produces a ferocious roar as its 10 pistons pump and its 40 titanium valves suck and spew air. The V-10 engine in the Sterrato produces 602 horsepower, which is 29 horsepower less than what was produced by the same engine in the STO and Tecnica models that came before it. Up until this point, the Huracán’s intakes have always drawn air from holes located in front of the rear wheels. It should come as no surprise that having low air intakes is a horrible idea when you’re kicking up dust and debris. The solution that Lamborghini came up with was the rooftop snorkel, which had been employed on the STO to flow air through the engine compartment and is now functioning as the windpipe for the Sterrato. Its flow channel is more limited, which results in a decrease in the amount of horsepower it can produce.

Taking the wheel of the Huracán Sterrato

At Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, it doesn’t really matter if the Sterrato has improved approach, breakover, and departure angles because none of those aspects are particularly important. The front straight is completely destroyed by the off-road wedge. When you step on the brake pedal, which is firm but rather sensitive and regulates the standard carbon-ceramic brakes, the Sterrato, which is equipped with Bridgestone all-terrain tyres (more on those later), twerks its way into Turn 1. As you exit Turn 3, the strain on the tyres causes them to beg for mercy, and switching to Sport mode enables a great deal of sideways playfulness. On this particular day, we are going to bypass turning down into Turn 4, and instead, we are going to switch the steering-wheel toggle to the Rally mode, and then we are going to drive off into the sun-baked desert.

The act of voluntarily ploughing the Sterrato into the sand feels strange; nonetheless, with a twist to the left or right of the fuzzy steering wheel, the rapid, fixed-ratio steering rack is an all-star for setting up a scene for a Scandinavian film. Lamborghini decided against including rear-axle steering in this model because it would have complicated the vehicle’s characteristics when combined with all-terrain tyres. Even without it, the brake-based torque vectoring rotates the machine, the ground gives way, and dirt surrounds the six-figure rally car. With a pull of the big column-mounted shift paddles, the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic snaps off a gear change, the Haldex all-wheel-drive system shuffles torque between axles, and the Sterrato exits, leaving a dust plume reminiscent of the Road Runner.

It never occurred to us to drive a Huracán over bumpy terrain while revving the engine to its redline of 8500 rpm, but the softer dampers and spring rates, in conjunction with longer and squishier internal bump stops, prevent the uprights from ejecting from the chassis in the same way as Joe Theismann’s bones did his leg. If you find the correct route through the desert — or even if you choose the wrong route — you will use all 6.4 inches of ground clearance. The hood is going to be covered in grime. Even if it isn’t composed of the same materials as trophy trucks, this pavement pounder is nevertheless amazing and hysterically enjoyable to drive.

Without having the appropriate tyres, none of this would be feasible. Because of this, Lamborghini commissioned Bridgestone to create the Dueler All-Terrain AT002, an all-terrain tyre that has a speed rating of 168 miles per hour and is only offered in a Sterrato configuration. Because the sidewall construction is modelled after that of a Bridgestone Potenza Sport summer tyre, this tyre has a rigid profile. In addition to a tread pattern that is designed to expel pebbles and mud, the Dueler has interlocking snipes and tie-bars that connect the tread blocks together to provide extra stability when the vehicle is carrying a load. Additionally, it is a run-flat, which means that in the event of a puncture, the Sterrato can continue to travel at a speed of 50 miles per hour for an additional 50 miles. And despite the fact that some people could be tempted to place two spares on the roof rack, its maximum weight capacity is only 88 pounds. In addition to this, Bridgestone will provide an exclusive winter tyre option for the Sterrato. Oh, the things that could be!

It Is Not Only Meant for Use Off-Road

Putting the off-road skills of the Sterrato to the side, Lamborghini has developed what is very likely the best road-going Huracán to date. This is the Huracán that you would want to take across the nation because of its plushness, which makes driving on the interstate a pleasurable experience, and because the all-terrain tyres produce very little noise. If you take on mountain switchbacks, you’ll experience more pitch and roll than any other Huracán before it. Additionally, the steering is so responsive and light that you’ll need to educate your hands to slow down before you can avoid having to make frequent midcorner adjustments. However, none of this makes the experience any less enjoyable. When we applied a significant amount of force, the Bridgestones delivered what is quite likely to be the highest amount of grip that we have ever measured from an all-terrain tyre. Additionally, those fender flares do more than just add style to the vehicle. The front and rear tracks have each been expanded by 1.2 inches, which has contributed to the Sterrato having a touch more surefootedness.


The interior of the Sterrato is virtually identical to the interior of any other Huracán, with the exception of a digital inclinometer, a pitch-and-roll display, and GPS coordinates displayed in the central display. It has the ability to link with an Apple Watch and record your heartbeat, which is perhaps one of the most cool things it has. And while you’re behind the wheel of the Sterrato, your heart can skip a beat. This particular Lamborghini is a really exciting ride, perhaps even more so than any of the other iterations of the Huracán.