The Lamborghini Huracán STO was a dark horse with us Performance Car of the Year event last September. Most judges knew right away that there was no way to win. It was just too hard on the road and a bit too ridiculous to look at. But on the track (and a few select slices of smooth, wide-open sidewalk on the street), it was magical. A driver’s car for those who know what they are doing. A car without any reservations about what it claims to be, one that takes no prisoners. The best driving Lamborghini in years.
That is, up to the Huracán Tecnica. It’s the latest (and possibly last) evolution of Lamborghini’s entry-level V-10-powered supercar, aiming to fill the gap left by the STO by providing the same breathtaking performance and feedback, while also being much more like a normal car. looks like on the road. The result is the most complete, most satisfying car the Italian automaker has ever produced.
The Tecnica retains the STO’s powertrain, but eschews the snappy clamshell body in favor of more pedestrian metal. Gone are the large wing and scoop of the engine compartment, replaced by a slightly reworked version of the panels you see on the Hurricane Evo† The biggest change comes on the dashboard, where the company’s new Y-shaped accent complements the area around the headlights. Changes have also been made to the intake areas, the rear and the hood, which is now a piece of carbon fiber.
That half-mast wing may look a little out of place, but rest assured, it’s there for a reason. Early Tecnica prototypes had no wing at all, said Victor Underberg, director of vehicle development Road & Rail† Those cars would lose stability in the rear due to fast corners, so the wing was added to keep the rear under control.
The underbody has also been significantly reworked, improving both downforce and braking performance. While the Tecnica can’t match the STO’s downforce numbers, it’s 35 percent higher than the rear-wheel-drive Evo. Brake disc temperatures have fallen by seven percent, while pedal extension — the distance the brake pedal has to physically travel when the brakes warm up — has fallen by five percent, Lamborghini said.
If the STO is a Huracán cranked to 11, the Tecnica is a 9 or a 10. At Circuit Ricardo Tormo, just outside Valencia, Spain, the 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V-10 is still the star of the show . the same 631 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Even the best modern turbocharged engines can’t match the excitement you get when you pedal through gears as this engine climbs to its 9000rpm crescendo. It’s not just the sound either – the power delivery is so precise and linear you wonder why anyone would even consider the equivalent McLaren or Ferrari.
But the powertrain isn’t what’s new in the Tecnica. Adjustments to the suspension, aero and steering make this car ride differently on the track than the STO. It’s less razor sharp and easier to approach at the limit, but it doesn’t lose that inherent balance that made the STO so satisfying to ride fast. Ultra-fast, fixed-ratio steering coupled with the same Bridgestone Potenzas as the STO deliver mountains of grip and confidence through faster cornering and cornering. That bend-entry adjustability is still there, too, thanks to four-wheel steering and torque vectoring, which slows down the inner wheel when you start to turn. If the rear breaks away, you’ll know long before you’re in trouble.
All those improvements to the brake cooling have paid off. Lamborghini had journalists hammering the car on the track all day and the brakes worked just as well on my last session as they did on my first. Pedal travel, as promised, didn’t change much during the day either. If you want to use the Tecnica as a track car, you certainly can.
Perhaps the most enjoyable part of riding the Tecnica on the track is switching between the two more aggressive of the three riding modes, Sport and Corsa. Sport actually allows for more slip angle than Corsa, limiting lateral action with the mission of faster lap times. Both modes offer endless fun, but changes to traction control, torque vectoring and pedal response mean they deliver that fun in different ways. The only thing I missed about the STO were the fixed-back bucket seats with four-point seat belts. Fortunately, they are available as options on the Tecnica.
However, the real revelation is on the road. Where the STO is an over-suspended mess on anything but slick tarmac, the Tecnica shines and happily absorbs imperfections thanks to its retuned adaptive dampers. It’s a pliable, friendly car that lets you wail without fear of hitting a pothole and shattering a wheel. It’s an STO that you can enjoy driving to the track instead of stressing about letting it drive there. For most people, where track days are a once or twice a year event, the Tecnica is the ideal Huracán for the job.
Lamborghini says it first designed the Tecnica as a road car. To that end, it has added a ton of new technology to make the cabin a better place to spend time. There’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, of course, as well as Amazon Alexa voice control and wireless updates. Onboard telemetry comes standard so you can track your laps and improve your line to find time. The all-digital gauge cluster uses Lamborghini’s well-known fighter jet-style design, making it easy to read and fun to look at.
Because the Tecnica is not a bare metal shell on wheels with no sound-damping ability, it is a pleasant cruiser. There’s real padding in the seats and plenty of support to keep you comfortable on long journeys. Unlike the STO, where you hear every pebble hit the inside of the wheel, you can spend time driving down a highway, going to the shops, or quietly sneaking through traffic without regretting every decision so far. .
The most hardcore and eccentric of Lamborghini’s customer base will definitely go for the STO. But the sensible buyers will choose the Tecnica. While it may not be as fast or razor sharp as its race-ready sibling, the Tecnica is a more playful, enjoyable thing. It is also much more usable than a normal car and loses none of the magic of the STO.
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