Last fall, the Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Omolagata (STO) showed off its track prowess at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, Calif., while the brand’s technical director, Maurizio Reggiani, beamed like a proud father. At the time, it was the latest version of a model line introduced in 2014 to complement the flagship Aventador, and Reggiani assured that there would be no other Huracán with the same level of motorsport-inspired performance. He, however, stopped short to indicate if the family tree was now complete or if another sibling could be expected. The answer came this morning with the announcement of the Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica. And as its name suggests, technology is its touchstone.
Regarding the Tecnica’s place in the Huracán hierarchy, Lamborghini Chairman and CEO Stephan Winkelman said in the official announcement that it “complements the Huracán lineup, fitting perfectly between the [Evo] RWD and the track-focused STO, perfectly showcasing the Huracán’s technology, performance and naturally aspirated V-10 engine in a significantly evolved design.
The new rear-drive variant features the same naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 engine developing 640 hp, with 417 lb-ft of torque, found in the STO, which is an increase of 30 hp and almost 4 lb-ft of torque compared to the Evo RWD. But it was designed and engineered to fill the gap where its stablemates failed.
“It’s important that our cars have their own special character,” says Mitja Borkert, design manager at Lamborghini, while giving Robb Report a virtual ride around the Tecnica in preparation for the New York International Auto Show this week. Although the new version doesn’t have the racing pedigree like the STO a car according to Borkert “takes 100% of the DNA of our Super Trofeo cars into a street legal car”, the Tecnica is much more of a daily driver while being, according to Borkert, “much more agile and capable” than the Evo RWD. The reasons he cites include the Tecnica’s rear-wheel steering and uniquely tuned suspension.
These two facets tie into the familiar, yet still state-of-the-art Lamborghini Dinamica Veicola Integrata (LDVI) system, a super processor that acts as mission control with respect to driver inputs and how they are translated. , almost instantly, to help inform the Performance Traction Control and Torque Vectoring systems. All of this is further refined by the three Strada, Sport and Corsa driving modes, each with successively more aggressive engine and transmission mapping.
With its dry weight of 3,040 pounds and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission managing the power plant, the car is said to cover zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of around 202 mph. Carbon-ceramic brakes (six-piston calipers front, four-piston calipers rear) work to bring the Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires, wrapped around 20-inch Damiso wheels mirroring the Vision GT, to a stop full 62 mph in just 103.3 feet.
Highlighting what is meant to be the Tecnica’s unique balance, as well as its place in the Huracán pantheon, are the visual cues featured on its aluminum and composite body. “First of all, from the side you will see that the front part is slightly longer [2.4 inches, to be exact], so we worked a lot on the aerodynamics. We increased downforce on the car by 35% [compared to the Evo RWD], especially at the rear of the car,” says Borkert. He adds that the rear wing is fixed to reduce weight and is more integrated into the rear of the car than, say, the Performante’s top wing. At the same time, there was a 20 percent decrease in overall drag from the Evo.
Despite the fact that apart from the length the Tecnica has the same dimensions as the Evo, the car looks wider, lower and more muscular. This is partly due to the redesigned rear, wide, sculpted haunches and a front window that Borkert says has been “visually lengthened” due to its re-visioning of the lines on the carbon fiber front. It also drew on styling cues from some of Lamborghini’s unobtainiums, including a front bumper inspired by Terzo Millennio concept accents and Essenza SCV12-inspired daylight side vents that also incorporate air intakes. .
Where the tech comes into full view is in the car’s cockpit, touted as having the greatest amount of connectivity found in any Lamborghini model. The dashboard offers improved visibility and readability, and the user interface provides digital calendars and in-car telemetry that can be shared, as well as compatibility with Amazon Alexa, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
“This is the biggest design update we’ve ever done on the Huracán,” says Tecnica’s Borkert. “He looks new in every way.” Pricing starts at $239,000, but an in-market date has yet to be announced.