Lamborghini’s junior supercar is approaching the end of its life cycle, and two polar opposite special editions could be coming to send it off.
The V10-powered Lamborghini Huracan will meet its end within the next 24 months – but a pair of special-edition variants could be on the way to carry it (and its engine) into the sunset.
Trademarks discovered by Drive reveal Lamborghini has filed to protect ‘Huracan Sterrato‘ and ‘Huracan Tecnica‘ names in Europe, and while trademarks are far from confirmation of a future model, their appearance so late in the Huracan’s run suggests the badges will soon grace production cars.
While the nameplates were only trademarked on October 28, neither will be unfamiliar to Lamborghini fans – yet both have a good chance of reaching production as send-off editions in the coming years.
The Huracan Sterrato name was last used on a concept of the same name (above and below), which widened the supercar’s track, increased its ride height by 47mm, fitted off-road-themed wheels, tyres, bash plates and stone deflectors, and retuned its mechanicals for rough-road driving.
While the 2018 show car was just a concept, talk followed soon after its reveal that the Sterrato could reach production, with rumours suggesting a business case had been formed that would see 500 to 1000 cars built, priced from €240,000 ($AU380,000) each, and incorporating 3D-printed parts to help turn a profit.
“Even though the budget is quite tight—it always is at Lamborghini—the provisional business case suggests that we can build this car at a profit. How is this possible, you ask? By manufacturing all restyled or new body panels, claddings, ducts, and splitters on 3D printers,” Lamborghini chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani told Automobile in 2018.
As for the Huracan Tecnica, brand enthusiasts will recall the Tecnica nameplate from the Gallardo Edizione Tecnica of 2012-13; a late-life special edition offered for the Gallardo’s final year – alongside a wider styling update – to maintain sales ahead of the launch of its Huracan successor.
Available on top of the existing LP570-4 range-toppers, the Edizione Tecnica package added a fixed rear wing, lightweight carbon-ceramic brakes, and one of three exclusive optional colour combinations – features which could similarly be added to today’s Huracan Evo and Evo Spyder LP610-4 models.
Should the trademarks link with upcoming production cars, expect the Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato and Tecnica to be revealed in full sometime next year, given the V8-powered, hybridised successor to the now-seven-year-old Huracan is slated for launch in 2023 or 2024.
Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann recently confirmed to the UK’s Autocar that a new version of the Huracan will launch in 2022 – with the Tecnica a more likely candidate for production than the Sterrato, given the trademark for the latter could simply be Lamborghini protecting the name of its 2018 concept.
“In 2022, we will have two new launches, based on the Huracán and Urus, and then in 2023 and 2024 we will hybridise the complete line-up,” Winkelmann told the outlet.