The Huracan STO is the ultimate baby Lamborghini
Lamborghini’s ‘baby’ models have been the company’s best-selling cars for almost twenty years now, and the latest one is the most extreme.
The Gallardo was a huge success in the ten years it was produced between 2003 and 2013. It was the stable mate of two flagship models in the Murcielago and then the Aventador. Just over fourteen thousand were sold making it the Italian company’s most sold car at the time.
The Huracan, which is still with us now, followed up in 2014 and has already exceeded the production numbers of the Gallardo. It was the company's most produced car until the Urus which has since taken that crown.
It’s more modern and faster than its predecessor, utilising a more powerful naturally-aspirated V10 linked up to a dual-clutch gearbox as opposed to the old car’s single clutch unit. In its most powerful form it would put many of Lamborghini’s older flagship V12 models to the sword.
The car you see here is the wackiest version of the Huracan yet - the STO. It may look like it’s just rolled out of the pits at Spa but this is a proper road-legal car, plates and all. STO stands for Super Trofeo Omologata, making this a road-homologation version of Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo and GT3 Huracans.
The power figure matches that of the Performante with 640bhp, however, the STO sends all that power solely to the rear wheels and weighs 43kg less. 0-62mph is dealt with in 3 seconds flat, with 120mph achieved from a standstill in 9 seconds. The acceleration figures are impressive but this car is more focused on cornering, as you can probably tell by the bodywork.
The front fenders, bonnet and bumper are all one piece, something Lamborghini has dubbed the cofango which is a combination of cofano and parafango translating to hood and fender respectively. Every day’s a school day. It opens out like a clamshell as a nod to the Miura, but it’s also specifically designed for easy access to store a racing helmet. Inside you’ll find alcantara everywhere, carbon fibre floor mats and door panels as well as carbon fibre sports seats with four point harnesses.
The STO may not have a big V12 but it’s certainly no baby, it really does mean business. 75% of the exterior panels are made of carbon fibre, while the wheels are made out of magnesium and even the windscreen is 25% lighter than the Performante’s. It even has a fully connected telemetry system for logging data on track.
We spotted a couple of STOs at Goodwood Festival of Speed and can confirm they sound just as epic as they look. A number of bold specs have already been revealed so we’re looking forward to seeing what people come up with.