Lamborghini will farewell to its best-selling supercar with the high-riding Sterrato.
When it’s revealed in December 2022, the Sterrato will be the “final” variant in the line of V10 Huracan supercars that started in 2014.
The Huracan’s replacement will be a plug-in hybrid, with a launch date locked in for some point in 2024.
Francesco Scardaoni, director of Lamborghini Asia Pacific, confirmed there’s already plenty of “expressions of interest and deposits paid to our dealers, including in Australia”, even though the “ordering system isn’t officially open yet”.
The Huracan has evolved significantly from its first iteration.
Power still comes from a 5.2-litre V10 engine, but it’s gradually become more track-focused with specials such as the Performante and STO, and the regular car has picked up rear-wheel steering, more power, and quicker processors to better drive its electronic aids.
The Sterrato, according to Mr Scardaoni, will live in “a segment that doesn’t exist until now”. Based on the concept that preceded it, and on the test mules we’ve spotted, he’s not wrong.
The suspension has been raised (the concept was 47mm taller than stock) to free up more ground clearance, and test cars have sat on different wheels to the regular Huracan Evo.
The production Sterrato will feature some form of rally lighting given the concept was festooned with extra ways to turn night into day, and the teaser car pictured above features what look like bespoke LED spotlights.
The roof of the mule pictured below is home to an extra scoop feeding engine to the 5.2-litre V10 engine, and there are extra skid plates up front to protect the car’s angular snout.
Mr Scardaoni says customers are asking questions about things like “ground clearance and pitch angle”, which aren’t usually of concern to the average Huracan buyer.
It’s not clear what changes Lamborghini will make to the all-wheel drive V10 powertrain in the Huracan, if any.
The Huracan Tecnica packs 470kW of power and 575Nm of torque, mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
It’s possible the car will feature a retuned all-wheel drive system to work better on gravel and snow like the concept, although how many people will take their mid-engined Italian thoroughbred off the blacktop isn’t clear.
Lamborghini isn’t alone in giving its sports car a rally-inspired makeover. Porsche has repeatedly been snapped testing a 911 with a taller ride height, potentially to feature on a production car dubbed the 911 Dakar.
As for the next Huracan? It’ll roll around in 2024 with plug-in hybrid power, although what petrol engine it’ll use isn’t clear.