Some of that buzz comes from focusing on performance. That is the case with the 2021 Huracan STO, which is Lamborghini's most powerful street-legal sports car.
It took some clever designing, but the result is the closest a non-professional driver will ever come to driving a race car.
Lamborghini makes a street-legal Huracan ST Evo
If you are familiar with the Super Trofeo race series, then you may notice that the Huracan STO is the street-approved version of the Huracan ST Evo.
For instance, they took the Evo's rear-steering tech and retuned it for a more natural drive.
The engine is also standard for Lamborghini. It has a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10. This gives it the same 631 horsepower as the Huracan Performante, which was their last road-ready car that resembled a race car.
The STO does have a little less torque than the Performante, but 417 pound-feet and 6,500 rpm is still impressive.
Racing body fit for a Lamborghini
They might have gone with their normal engine, but a lot was redesigned for the Huracan STO.
The hood, bumper, and fenders of the car are one piece called a 'cofango,' and it is made mostly of carbon fiber. This is part of why it is a light 2,952 pounds.
The back end has a louvered panel with air intakes. Add an air scoop and a shark fin, and you get an extremely aerodynamic car.
A driver can change the amount of downforce by switching the position of the wing. There are three positions to pick from, and the most extreme one will get you 926 pounds of downforce at 174 mph.
There was so much rejiggering that, as
CNETsays, it is 37% more aerodynamically efficient than the Huracan Performante.
Bridgestone even made lightweight Potenza magnesium 20-inch tires just for this car. The wheels come in road and track rubbers, and you can get 245/30s upfront and 305/30's on the back end.
The Huracan STO is trading on being high-performance, so it didn't make its infotainment system intuitive or add a bunch of amenities.
What it does have is speed-improving technology, such as torque-vectoring tech for its rear-steering. The Alcantara-wrapped wheel makes the feedback fast, and the six-piston calipers on the brakes grab hard and fast.
These brakes can survive hard use as well. They have 60% higher stress resistance than the regular carbon-ceramic stoppers, and the car comes with a brake temperature monitoring page on its multimedia screens so you can avoid overheating the brakes.
The gearbox drops gears through corners when you use the standard drive mode, but you can avoid this when you use the steering paddle shifters. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission comes with big metal column-mounted shifters just for this.
If you want to increase the excitement even more, there is a red notch on the steering wheel. This switches it to Trofeo mode, which will make the transmission shift faster and the rear-axle steering more responsive.
It isn't too surprising that this race-ready Lamborghini starts at $330,000. That kind of power does not come cheap, and you will want to protect this kind of investment with car insurance.
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