There are those who claim the Huracan just isn’t Lamborghini enough. To an extent, we can see why: it doesn’t have silly scissor doors, it has a dual-clutch gearbox that actually works, and there is quite a bit of Audi in it.
We love it just the same, particularly in bonkers, tear-jerking Performante form, but if you think it needs more of the outlandish, feels like it’s designed by an excitable 14-year-old mantra of Lamborghinis of the past, Sant’Agata Bolognese has just the thing for you. Presenting: the Huracán Sterrato concept.
It’s much like those speculative renders that imagine a world where Group B rallying is a thing again, except Lamborghini built this mad, off-roadi-fied Huracan for real.
It uses the 530bhp Huracan Evo as a starting point, with its LDVI (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata) system fiddled with to make the all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering systems more suited to driving on loose surfaces.
It’s been lifted by 47mm, while the front and rear tracks have increased by 30mm. The wheel arches have been widened to suit, and in each of them, you’ll find a 20-inch wheel wrapped in a chunky all-terrain tyre.
In case that extra ground clearance isn’t enough, there are various underbody protective parts to stop proceedings taking a crunchy turn. There are aluminium front and rear skid plates - with the latter doubling as a diffuser - plus aluminium-reinforced side skirts. At the back, you’ll find composite protection pieces for the engine and air intakes that are designed to deflect stones.
If things go really wrong, you can count on a titanium roll cage plus carbon sports seats with four-point harnesses for protection. Elsewhere in the cabin, there are aluminium floor panels to complete the because rally car nature of the Huracán Sterrato.
As for why Lamborghini built this, chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani explains: “Lamborghini’s R&D and design teams are constantly exploring new opportunities and delivering the unexpected as a core characteristic of our DNA, challenging possibilities while inspired by Lamborghini brand heritage.”
The “heritage” bit Reggiani speaks about can be traced back to the 1970s. In that decade Lamborghini made a couple of cars like the Sterrato - the Jarama Rally of 1973, and the Urraco rally of 1974. Both were modified from standard spec into desert-bashing supercars by Lamborghini test driver Bob Wallace. The New Zealander passed away in 2013, but we reckon it’s safe to say he’d dig this spiritual successor to his off-road creations.