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[NEWS] Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato will be final pure-ICE model

Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato will be final pure-ICE model

Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato hero
The Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato will arrive as the last purely combustion-powered car from the brand

Off-road Huracan to be revealed in December; last Lamborghini to be purely combustion-powered

The Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato will be the firm's final model to be powered purely by a combustion engine when it is unveiled in December.

The Italian firm confirmed the news, as it revealed that the off-road-oriented version of the Huracán will be uncovered at the Art Basel contemporary art show in Miami (which takes places between 1 and 3 December).

It will join the Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica and Lamborghini Urus Performante as the last pure-combustion powered Lamborghini sports cars to be released by the marque.

Before a full debut in the coming weeks, the off-road supercar - based on the 2019 Sterrato concept - has been shown off in official pictures for the first time.

It will arrive as a rival to the recently revealed Porsche 911 Dakar in a rather-exclusive high-riding, off-road-ready supercar segment.

Speaking previously about the car, boss Stephan Winkelmann told Autocar: "We have to play out of the normal field, and I think we have a great opportunity to do something special in the super-sports car business which hasn't been seen so far." 

Asked if 'unexpected' cars such as this interest him more than retro-inspired creations like the Countach LPI 800-4, Winkelmann said: "For sure. Retro cars are good from time to time. I think the Countach was a great thing. But our brand has to look forward. We have to have a big windscreen and small rear-view mirrors.

"It's important to understand the history, to look into what happened in the past, but the projection has to be that we have to be innovative; we have to be disruptive and always unexpected." 

Winkelmann's indifference to heritage-inspired one-offs and limited editions is well documented. At the unveiling of the Countach last year, shortly after beginning his second term at the helm of Lamborghini, he told Autocar: “I left the company with the idea that we were never going to make a retro car, never ever. So I came back and said: ‘Why are we doing this now?’ But when we looked at the car and talked about it, I was happy to do it.”

The Sterrato (Italian for ‘dirt road’) was first revealed in concept form in 2019 as a more rugged version of the Lamborghini Huracán Evo. At the time, a Lamborghini spokesman said that despite at least one functioning car having been built, there were no plans to put the model into production.  

Differences to the standard Huracán include a far higher ground clearance, a roof-mounted air intake, as well as a set of roof rails. The front bumper has also been protected with a stone guard, while an LED light bar is fitted to the bonnet. It doesn't yet feature the concept's extended wheel arches, which Lamborghini previously hinted could be 3D-printed were the car to enter production.

The Sterrato concept was powered by the same 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 as the Huracán Evo, producing 631bhp and sending power to both axles via a seven-speed automatic gearbox. It's expected that a customer version of the Sterrato will retain the Huracán's rear-wheel-steering set-up but gain an adapted version of the Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata (LDVI) driving mode system that's more effective at finding grip on low-traction surfaces.

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