The Lamborghini Huracán STO is the best driving car in the brand’s 59-year history, full stop. Yes, I have a soft spot for the formidable Aventador SV, but the STO—which received the second-most votes in this year’s performance car shootout in the April edition—is the king of the bulls. What’s so cool about the way it drives? No concessions. Feature editor Scott Evans has repeatedly referred to the STO as “a racing car on the road.” He admitted that the phrase was cliched, but he swore that it applied in this case.
Remember that O in STO means agreed, Italian for “homologation” – there’s the racing thing again. One example: the nose of a car is almost entirely devoted to air, to the point where you could probably fit an individual helmet in the trunk. Can. It depends on the size of the helmet. In any other Huracan? A skateboard could fit, maybe two. The interior is also extreme, even in the form of driving modes, where you can choose street (Strada) or racing (STO). This is; All other modern Lambos have a Sport mode. STO skips that. The best Lamborghini ever, yes, but it’s one that’s hard to live with.
Not to paraphrase Yoda, but what if there was another?
Request to return Audi inside
Meet Huracán Tecnica. Should you think of it as a more civilized version of STO? Yes, because that’s basically what it is. Like the STO, the Tecnica is powered by a brilliant 630-hp Lambo and 417 lb-ft 5.2-liter V-10 that is naturally aspirated and uses the same throttle map. Lamborghini claims the Tecnica can hit 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, which may be a mark or two slower than we can probably extract. Both cars have rear-wheel drive and, despite the awful, awesome capabilities of the Bridgestone Potenza Sport tyres, they both have better grip and offer more confidence than the 2020 AWD Huracán Evo award-winning AWD Huracán Evo (Funny side note about the tires:) said Maurizio Reggiani, Deputy Lamborghini’s always-smiling head of motorsports and former longtime technical director, “Speaking as an Italian, do you know how cool a tire would have to be for me not to use Pirelli?”)
The STO and Tecnica both have a backsaw, but before we get to how the two differ, it’s appropriate to note a fairly common phenomenon. People – and people I’m talking about about wealthy people who, to borrow a phrase from Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann, buy “sports supercars” – tend to think they are a lot tougher than they are now.
It’s an anecdotal note, but I missed the number of people I interacted with who bought a Porsche 911 GT3 only to give it up in favor of something like a 911 GTS or Turbo. While STOs are exactly as brilliant a duper as we say as an institution, boy, it’s going to be hard to live with. Not only is it lacking in storage space, but it’s also sturdier and quirkier than many owners assume it gets into. So a car like the Huracán Tecnica makes a lot of sense. You get about 90 percent of what the STO offers, and you can take an appointment out of town for the weekend. Then again, I drove the Tecnica on the Italian Nardo circuit and then visited Lambo HQ and its factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese. Inside, 80 percent of the vehicles coming off the Huracán production line appeared to be STOs. Maybe those buyers don’t care.
There is a clear market for Tecnica, and it drives fantastically. As has been the case since 2016, initially with the huge (and adorable) Centenario, Reggiani invited a select group of journalists to southern Italy to try out his team’s latest creations. I was the only American present, driving in mid-November 2021 – the rainy season in Italy. At the time, Reggiani mentioned that he was starting to consider retiring. In January 2022, Lambeau announced his new position as Vice President of Motorsports, with Ruven Mohr (formerly Audi) taking over as CTO.
In a sense, we can think of Huracán Tecnica as Rijani’s last minute. (It’s not, strictly speaking: Cars take time to get from the drawing board into the hands of journalists, so stay tuned.) With that in mind, here’s what he said of the previous Huracáns: “A lot of Audi.” STO has been left out of this statement, as much of what makes Tecnica the Tecnica is lifted directly from it.
Judge me by the size of my wings, are you?
Part of the de-auditization process was getting rid of the variable routing. Tecnica, like STO, now has one direct steering ratio; As a result, the car is much better to drive. LDVI (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata) – primarily traction and stability control systems, as well as torque vectoring – are programmed more aggressively for Tecnica missions. The suspension settings are unique (softer than the STO but sportier than the Evo), as are the aerodynamics. Rear downforce is increased 35 percent over the Evo, and drag coming from the rear spoiler is reduced by 20 percent. Much of the presentation is devoted to Tecnica’s custom brake cooling channels: Lamborghini claims a 9 percent reduction in fluid temperature and a 7 percent reduction in disc temperature, which it claims translates to 5 percent less pedal movement and 13 percent less brake consumption. . . Furthermore, the improved pneumatic actuator is said to “increase stability during braking.”
New body parts include the front splitter, hood, fenders and hood. The hood and bonnet are now made from CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) instead of aluminium, and the interior door panels are also made from CFRP. The Tecnica’s face is different from that of other Huracáns, with design chief Mitja Borkert deciding to incorporate large epsilon (Y) shapes from the Terzo Millennio electric concept and Sián FKP 37 onto the outside of the headlights. The opening in broad daylight was similar to the crazy, track-only Essenza SCV12.
The wing is new, of course (hence the change in downforce and intake), and both the exhaust pipes and wheels feature hexagonal shapes. The interior is more luxurious than the STO, although anything would be. The good news for many customers is that the Tecnica can be had with softer sports seats. Excluding luggage space, the seats are probably Tecnica’s strongest selling point.
The situation has moved from a bummer to a badass
Do you remember a little about the rainy season in Italy? My first sitting behind the wheel didn’t go well. As brilliant as Bridgestones in the dry, imagine the reverse on a wet racetrack. I left the Tecnica on the Strada and the jams fully operational, something I’ve never done on the right track. or even the street. Neither decision helped much, for Huracan was all over the place; Viscous and lively summer tires could not find purchases. I headed off after three laps of one of my all-time favorite tracks (it’s a shame that only auto workers can drive on a handling circuit at Nardo Center), tense and frustrated. We only had a few hours, we only had a few hours, and we couldn’t get that way to not realize how the latest Lamborghini seemed like a huge waste. However, the sun was out, and the second session was much better. I’m starting to see some actual high speeds right on the front, around 160mph. Braking seemed fine, but cornering remained a bit shallow. The track was dry but not dry.
Power was excellent, and the car felt light for the Huracan. Lamborghini claims the Tecnica weighs 3,012 pounds dry; Now is the time to point out that the factory claimed the STO weighed 2,946 pounds dry, but on our scales with a full tank of gas, it clocked in at 3,390 pounds. Assuming the Tecnica is 30 kilograms (66 pounds) heavier than an STO as a Lamborghini, it would weigh in at 3,456 pounds. These days it’s not so bad, especially with that kind of power. However, due to the rain, I simply did not get a clear picture of how to drive the Tecnica. I went back to the pits, frustrated as before. The third time is a charm, especially in Italy; By 11 a.m. the sun and wind had done their work, and the track was dry. It’s time to make hay.
First, the sport mode. Although built specifically for Tecnica duties, the Sport – the middle setting – is the funniest, in typical Lamborghini style. Throttle response increases, and gearshifts from the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission occur faster. The tire slip threshold is higher, so electronic intervention starts later. The sport also features an “Enhanced Oversteer” catchphrase, which, while fun for a portion of the lap, wasn’t what I traveled all the way to experience it. Just weeks ago I was driving an STO for the first time, and it just blew me away. Now I wanted to see if the Tecnica is actually a civilized STO, a slice of an old carbon fiber block, or is it something else entirely? Switching to Corsa mode helped clear things up. On the Corsa, throttle response is immediate and the transmission shifts as fast as possible. The grip has been enlarged, lateral and longitudinal.
All of this felt exceptional. Enough good things can never be written about this blatant V-10 engine and dual-clutch gearbox that debuted on the excellent Huracán Performante. Once you get past the loud parts, you’ll realize what a premium Tecnica machine is: sharp, focused, quick to change direction and bleed quickly, with world-class grip for good grasp. Compared to all other non-STO Huracáns cars, the combination of rear wheel drive and Bridgestones makes the Tecnica more fun, dynamic and satisfying. At some point near the end of my first dry lap on the Corsa, I stopped comparing the Tecnica to the STO and simply started enjoying the machine I was driving.
This is another illustrious Huracán in a long line of cool and exotic Italian mid-engine supercars. Compared to both the Performante and the Evo AWD, the Tecnica has better steering and body control, and is less jittery when braking. It’s more fun, too.
The STO remains the car to drive, but if you can’t live with it, the Tecnica is the Huracán you’ve been waiting for.
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|Lamborghini Huracan Technica 2022 . specifications|
|Base price||$275,000 (estimated)|
|car design||Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-pass, 2-door coupe|
|engine||5.2 L / 630 hp / 417 lb-ft DOHC 40-valve V-10|
|Send||7 speed dual clutch|
|curb weight||3500 lbs (East)|
|Length x width x height||179.1 x 76.6 x 48.0|
|0-60 mph||3.0 sec (MT he is)|
|EPA CITY / HWY / COMB FUEL ECON||13/18/15 mpg (East)|
|For sale in the United States||Summer 2022|