It looks like Lamborghini just can’t leave the Huracan behind. It’s hard to blame the company, as the gracefully aging V10 supercar still holds its own against the competition and has proven to be an easily modular platform, given its multiple iterations. Today, a new one happens with the Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica, the ultimate manifestation of the V10 Lambo’s promise to deliver thrills on the road as well as on the track.
The Huracan Tecnica draws a lot of inspiration from the Huracan STO, the track-oriented iteration of the V10-powered supercar. Essentially, the STO is as close to a race-ready Super Trofeo race car as road laws allow. Lamborghini has refined this into a more street-friendly package that’s fun to drive on the roads while performing just as well on the track. Within the Huracan lineup, the new Technica splits the difference between the track-ready STO and the “regular” Huracan Evo RWD.
“The car really is the perfect bridge between the standard EVO and the STO. The STO is purely for the track and the EVO is the car for everyday use,” said Lamborghini Technical Director Rouven Mohr.
It’s powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 — the same one used in the STO — and delivers just over 630 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque exclusively to the rear wheels. Power is transmitted via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with variable shift characteristics depending on the ANIMA drive mode selected.
The technical part of the Tecnica is the LDVI or “Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata” system, which affects the dynamic behavior of the Huracan. It coordinates systems such as traction control, torque vectoring and rear wheel steering to provide the desired level of control.
“You can say [the Huracan Tecnica] has three different souls: performance, driving pleasure and lifestyle,” added Mohr.
“Strada” is the most stable everyday riding mode that keeps everything as comfortable as possible. Sport makes the Huracan more playful by increasing throttle and transmission responses, engages torque vectoring more, and gives the rear wheels more room to oversteer before intervening, giving drivers a touch of controlled rear slip.
Corsa launches the Huracan in its most serious and responsive mode, giving the driver everything the Tecnica has to offer for maximum attack on the trail. The V10’s output throttle is the most responsive, and shifts are as aggressive as they are quick. Rear-wheel steering, traction control and torque vectoring work overtime to give the Huracan all the grip it needs for hot laps.
“The handling is exceptional because you have real control of the car and you can really play with the car. Compare that to the STO which is a sharp track weapon and this car can also be wonderful on the track but at the same time easy and smooth to ride. If you want to oversteer, it’s really easy to deal with,” Mohr said.
“Traction control is more or less described by the slip angle and we raised that threshold slightly so you can have more slip, depending on the drive mode,” he continued. “We really decided to give the driver a high level of freedom and then, with a smooth transition, to engage the traction control, because otherwise it looks pissed off and stops the movement.”
Speaking of heat, the Tecnica’s brakes feature track-inspired cooling management, with carbon-ceramic brakes featuring a specially designed cooling shroud and caliper ducts. These direct airflow into the discs to dissipate heat, keeping their temperature low and extending the life of the brake pads. With the Huracan Tecnica’s ability to sprint from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds and its top speed of nearly 202 mph, you’ll want those brakes working well and often.
Sharp looks, sharper performance
The exterior of the Tecnica isn’t just to set it apart from the rest of the range. Its revised design is supposed to be more aerodynamically efficient while making the most of its lightweight engineering, like a full carbon fiber hood. Visually, it splits the difference between its road stablemates and its track STO counterpart. A new fairing incorporates an air curtain, something new for the Huracan. Lower slats on a new front splitter direct air through the wheels for improved cooling and downforce.
Body changes allowed the Tecnica to stretch 2.4 inches longer than the Huracan Evo. It’s not a lot, but considering they’re still the same height and width, the extra inches are enough to make the Tecnica look chunkier and wider. A lot of work has also gone into redesigning the rear of this particular Huracan, which has resulted in several benefits.
The improved visibility through the notoriously narrow rear window is a welcome change, even if it’s only a few extra degrees. The aforementioned carbon fiber hood covers the engine while the new rear bumper sports a more optimized air intake. Two hexagonal exhaust pipes are the very loud cherries on this particular cake.
It all comes together with a new fixed rear wing that gives the Tecnica 35% more rear downforce compared to the Huracan Evo RWD. The underbody of the Tecnica sports a number of ventral aero deflectors to further improve airflow. The set rolls on 20-inch diamond-cut Damiso wheels that sport a hexagonal design and are shod with Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires.
Lamborghinis are better shared
As drivers will hopefully spend more time behind the wheel than just staring at all the crisp exterior lines, Lamborghini has made the interior of the Huracan Tecnica both sporty and comfortable. Height-adjustable seats with harness seat belts are sure to accentuate the “sport” part of things, while the revamped HMI interface makes the cockpit an inviting place for more than one person.
Usually very driver-focused, the interface has a central screen that passengers can access, allowing them to queue up entertainment options and co-navigate. It also records ride data to share with friends and incorporates What3Words voice command functionality. The HMI is also built in-house and is not a carryover from any of Lamborghini’s partner brands.
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration allow for a smoother transition from your daily life to that of your Lambo. There’s also a staggering level of customization to choose from, which is understandable for a car of this caliber.
Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but it’s a safe bet that if you have to ask, you can’t afford the Tecnica. The good news is that it’s not a limited-run model like the STO, so buy a lottery ticket and hope for the best. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel and see for ourselves how the Tecnica complements the Huracan lineup.
Photo credit: Alex Kalogiannis