High-riding Lamborghini Huracàn Sterrato spied cold weather testing

It’s the year of the high-riding supercar, as Lambo plans to join the Porsche 911 Safari in this fascinating market

Lamborghini has been spotted testing a prototype Huracàn Sterrato, the high-riding off-roading concept it revealed back in 2019. Initially designed as a concept, customer demand has obviously been noted by Lamborghini, with the brand potentially putting it into production.

If the notion of an off-roading, mid-engined supercar sounds a little unusual, it’s worth remembering that two of the greatest Rally and Rally Raid cars in history followed this template, namely the Lancia Stratos, and later the iconic Rothmans-liveried Porsche 959 that rose to fame by winning the 1986 Paris-Dakar.

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While this Huracán Sterrato prototype might seem a little less specialised, it still brings with it plenty of off-roading addenda to the Evo’s basic package including a toughened underbody, aluminium skid plates and a rise in ride height. Unlike the concept, the bodywork has not been widened, and so does without the composite add-on arches, and also looks to feature the front bumper from the contemporary Evo, not the Performanté of the concept. 

From here things start to deviate from the show car, however, with the engine cover integrating a makeshift roof scoop, similar to the one as seen on the hardcore STO. The comically short roof rails are also still fitted. 

The wheels look to be a smaller set of multi-spoke units on chunkier tyres with reinforced sidewalls, however the production car might include a different design again, perhaps with a closer resemblance to the chunky five-spoke units as seen on the concept.

Under the rear deck will almost certainly sit the same 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine as in the Huracán Evo and Performante that came before. Final power and torque figures are still to be confirmed, but the concept retained the donor car’s setup which produced 631bhp, sent to all four wheels via a dual-clutch transmission. The standard Evo’s LDVI integrated vehicle dynamics system will also be fitted, likely with a new off-road mode that will vary the calibration of all its dynamic chassis elements from steering, suspension and the torque split. 

The question of whether the Sterrato will be a series production model, or part of Lamborghini’s ‘few-of’ program like the Sian and Countach reboot remains to be seen. But either way, the era of the high-riding supercar looks to be on the horizon, and we’ve got no issue with that. 

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