Our spies have caught the wild Lamborghini Sterrato testing, suggesting that the Italian firm intends to turn its 2019 off-road-themed concept into a production reality.
As the images show the car is camouflaged, but even so it appears it’ll retain much of the wacky styling and rugged suspension tweaks of the show car, which was based on the Huracan EVO.
This test car doesn’t have the roof-mounted lights of the concept, but does feature a large central air intake, which could be inspired by the Huracan STO. The concept’s flared wheel arches, titanium roll cage and front and rear skid plates are also missing.
However, the raised ride height remains – the concept sat 47mm higher to help with ground clearance, while there was also a wider track with increased chassis bracing. The wheels are smaller than the standard car’s, with a bigger sidewall more suitable for off-roading. huge brakes from the EVO feature, which will be necessary considering the Sterrato will retain the 5.2-litre V10 engine – producing 477kW and 600Nm.
The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox will be calibrated for off-road use, but with the addition of an all-wheel drive system we could see the Sterrato beat the rear-wheel drive EVO’s 0-100km/h time of 3.3 seconds.
Lamborghini claims the Sterrato draws on the brand’s brief dabble with rallying during the 1970s, picking up where the specially-modified, desert-going Jarama and Urraco rally cars left off. It’s not the only supercar that’ll be available in an off-road guise, as Porsche is currently working on a ‘Safari’ version of its 911.
Back in 2019 Lamborghini’s Chief Technical Officer, Maurizio Reggiani, commented: “The Huracán Sterrato illustrates Lamborghini’s commitment to being a future shaper: a super sports car with off-road capabilities, the Sterrato demonstrates the Huracán’s versatility and opens the door to yet another benchmark of driving emotion and performance.”
He added; “Lamborghini’s R&D and design teams are constantly exploring new opportunities and delivering the unexpected as a core characteristic of our DNA, challenging possibilities while inspired by Lamborghini brand heritage.”