A Lamborghini designed for off-roading is coming. Take a look.

A Lamborghini designed for off-roading is coming. Take a look.

Lamborghini pulled the cover off its latest Huracan supercar. It’s blazingly fast and roars like the Raging Bull. However, the new Huracan Sterrato is in a new category: It was designed for off-roading.

Wait, what? Taking a quarter-million-dollar supercar off-road and getting it all scuffed up seems as wise as wearing a pricey pair of Italian leather shoes for a hiking trip. But wrap your head around it, because it will be revealed on November 30 in Miami, Florida. The model’s name is appropriately named: Sterrato in Italian means “dirt road”.

A supercar designed to get dirty

Back in 2019, Lamborghini started teasing out information about the Huracan Sterrato with a concept car powered by the same 640-hp 5.2-liter hand-built engine from the current Huracan Evo trim. The Huracan’s most recent Tecnica model, which is priced just below the Evo, has been designed to grip asphalt and show its ability on twisty roads with a low centre of gravity. The Sterrato will offer more.

While the Sterrato may seem like a big leap from Lamborghini’s sweet spot of making performance machines that tear up asphalt, the company has some heritage in the off-roading world. The Urus SUV from the brand does have Terra drive mode, which is designed for driving in dirt. Astonishingly, test driver Bob Wallace modified a Lamborghini Jarama and an Urraco and competed in desert rallies in 1973 and 1974.

Lamborghini released three videos today (watch them here) showing the Huracan Sterrato in action on the dirt, and it’s clear the supercar isn’t destined for slow, plodding rock crawling (although that would be a fantastic concept idea) but fast Baja desert driving, kicking up sand and dust.

Specs still under wraps

While the brand has yet to confirm any specs (stay tuned), we know that the initial concept was shown with 1. 85 inches more ground clearance than the Evo. An Evo has about five inches of ground clearance. This means that a Sterrato is between 6.5 and 7 inches off ground. This gives it almost the same height as a Hyundai SantaFE crossover. The Sterrato’s approach angle was increased by 1 percent and departure angle by 6.5 percent respectively. This means that it can handle more difficult terrain without having to scrape the bumper.

Lamborghini seems to be keeping its finger on the pulse of automotive trends with this new vehicle. Off-roading and Overlanding have become extremely popular in recent years. The most surprising thing about the Sterrato is the fact that Lamborghini modified one of its coupes rather than adding more capabilities to the Urus SUV.

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Lamborghini has not been the only luxury brand to create a vehicle for the wealthy and adventurous. If Rolls-Royce can take its Cullinan SUV off road and win the inimitable 8-day Rebelle Rally and a driver in a Porsche 1956 can win the grueling Dakar rally overseas, it doesn’t seem out of the realm for Lamborghini to be next. Porsche, in fact, is upping the ante with a new 911 Dakar version, which will be equipped with all-wheel drive, robust all-terrain tires, and higher ground clearance than its standard 911; it’s scheduled for a reveal this week at the LA Auto Show.

With the Sterrato, Lamborghini claims the title of “first all-terrain super sports car with V10 engine and all-wheel drive” and while all of its models are available with AWD, none of its other sports cars are equipped for going off-road. It looks like the Sterrato will continue to hold that title for the foreseeable future.

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