So, an exciting thing happened this week! Lamborghini launched the rear wheel drive 2021 Lamborghini Huracan STO which stands for Super Trofeo Omologata! The STO is a road-homologated super sports car inspired by the Lamborghini’s racing heritage.
Powering the STO is a variant of the same 5.2-litre V10 mounted in the Huracan EVO and Performante. In the STO it produces 470 kW (640 horsepower) the same as the EVO and Performante while producing 595 Nm of torque a tad bit less than the EVO and Performante.
Performance wise, it does 0-100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 9.0 seconds with a top speed of 310 km/h. And this is where it gets interesting because it isn’t the fastest Huracan you can buy – on paper at least. For example, the Performante has a top speed of 325 km/h and does 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds.
So, what the STO gets that the other two variants don’t have is the race-derived aerodynamics. As a part of this package this car gets a dual-vented bonnet, revised front bumper which includes a large adjustable front splitter, reprofiled rear wheel arches, a roof scoop, and what they call a shark fin which is both an air duct helping to cool down the engine and guides air over the adjustable rear wing. According to Lamborghini there has been a 53 per cent increase in downforce compared to the Performante.
Another contributor to the increased downforce is the weight loss. The STO is 43 kg lighter than the Performante. An example of this weight shedding is that the STO uses 25 per cent less carbon fibre while maintaining the same structural rigidity. Or using a windscreen that weighs 20 per cent less than the one used in the Performante.
It’s not just a big engine and fancy aero that makes the STO a track beast. The new variant will get CCM-R discs that will provide four times higher thermal conductivity than standard carbon ceramic brakes while improving brake power by 25 per cent!
The car will have three new driving modes that focus on high performance driving environments: STO, Trofeo and Pioggia. The STO is for road driving – specifically on a curving road. In Trofeo the on-board systems on the car have been optimised for dry asphalt and fastest lap time! Pioggia mode or rain mode optimises the traction control, torque vectoring, rear-wheel steering and ABS on wet asphalt.
Inside the car, you would find Alcantara and carbon fibre trim, race bucket seats and a six-point harness, a roll cage and some specialised screens recording lap times and displaying fluid temperature and brake discs.
No details on Australian prices has been released yet but in the UK, it has a RRP of 216,677 which is roughly $394,226 AUD so expect around a $450,000 drive away price possibly, time will tell. Some deliveries (I’m guessing non-Australian deliveries) will be taking place in spring of 2021.