2021 Lamborghini Huracán STO Is Primed for Attack

2021 Lamborghini Huracán STO Is Primed for Attack

From the January 2022 issue of Car and Driver. The remoras are back. Drive a

From the January 2022 issue of Car and Driver.

The remoras are back. Drive a car like a Lamborghini Huracán STO on the freeway and a school of hangers-on forms around it. Booting the 631-hp 5.2-liter V-10 shakes them only temporarily. Emboldened by the knowledge that Officer Bob Speed is far more likely to pay attention to a Lamborghini than a Dodge Charger, they quickly race back into position.

HIGHS: Revving past 8500 rpm, real-feel steering, makes 631 horsepower easy to handle.

Jessica Lynn WalkerCar and Driver

We can’t blame the remoras. Lamborghinis are a rare, captivating species, and it’s fun to get close to one, especially track specials like the STO—that stands for Super Turismo Omologato, a nod to the car the brand runs in GT3 racing. A step above the Huracán Performante in the quest for ever-shrinking lap times, the 3351-pound STO features unique carbon-fiber bodywork all over and a new aerodynamic package that includes an adjustable carbon-fiber wing large enough to make a Countach owner blush. The wing and aero bits contribute to the car’s 926 pounds of downforce at 174 mph. Peer into the interior rearview mirror, and instead of seeing the highway patrol that’s attached itself to your bumper, you’ll get a good view of the engine cover, which features a massive scoop and cooling vents. As if the fish analogy needed more help, Lamborghini fits a shark fin to the back.

To permanently lose traffic, head to any twisting canyon road, where there isn’t much that can keep up with a well-driven STO. Front-end grip inspires confidence, and the steering reads you the road like it’s story time. Efforts build and release, and this wild-child car that looks like it’ll dig its teeth into you proves easy to push deeper and deeper into corners. On a very dusty skidpad, we recorded 1.14 g’s of cling with the optional Bridgestone Potenza Race rubber. These new street-legal track tires relinquish grip predictably and remain grippy as laps accumulate. A less extreme Potenza Sport will also be offered.

The paint color Blu Laufey costs over $30,000. Single-piece seats are desperately uncomfortable after a long drive.

Jessica Lynn WalkerCar and Driver

LOWS: Painful seats, wearing earplugs to protect your hearing, can’t see out the back.

Compared with the discontinued all-wheel-drive Huracán Performante, which in a blink could go from “This is the best car I’ve ever driven” to “Please don’t hit the tire wall,” the rear-wheel-drive STO’s handling and carbon-ceramic brakes remain consistent lap after lap. Brake-pedal feel is dialed in with just the right bite.

Exhaust tweaks mean the V-10 gets the right bark, too, although power remains unchanged. Revs come ferociously, and the dual-clutch automatic clips off instant shifts. A lack of sound deadening draws the engine closer; add the roar of tires and the combo becomes a deafening din. Then there’s the pain of the single-piece racing seats that will have your lower back ready for a driver change after 90 minutes. Living with a shark does have a few downsides.

Specifications

Specifications

2021 Lamborghini Huracán STO

Vehicle Type: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE

Base/As Tested: $333,633/$453,396

ENGINE

DOHC 40-valve V-10, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection

Displacement: 318 in3, 5204 cm3

Power: 631 hp @ 8000 rpm

Torque: 417 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: control arms/control arms

Brakes, F/R: 15.4-in vented, cross-drilled ceramic disc/14.2-in vented, cross-drilled carbon ceramic disc

Tires: Bridgestone Potenza Race

F: 245/30ZR-20 (90Y) L

R: 305/30ZR-20 (103Y) L

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 103.1 in

Length: 179.0 in

Width: 76.6 in

Height: 48.0 in

Trunk Volume: 1 ft3

Curb Weight: 3351 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 2.6 sec

100 mph: 5.6 sec

130 mph: 9.4 sec

1/4-Mile: 10.5 sec @ 136 mph

150 mph: 13.5 sec

170 mph: 19.9 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 3.0 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.4 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.2 sec

Top Speed (mfr’s claim): 193 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 154 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 278 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 1.14 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Combined/City/Highway: 15/13/18 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED


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