Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica Debuts In New York With STO Power

The latest V10 supercar from Sant’Agata Bolognese offers the best of both worlds.

Lamborghini appears to be unable to give up the Huracan. It’s difficult to blame the firm, given that the gracefully ageing V10 supercar still holds its own against the competition and has shown to be a very adaptable platform thanks to its several revisions. The Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica, the ultimate incarnation of the V10 Lamborghini’s promise to offer thrills both on the road and on the track, arrives today.

Technically Superior

The Huracan Tecnica borrows heavily from the Huracan STO, the V10-powered supercar’s track-focused version. The STO is, in essence, as close to a race-ready Super Trofeo race car as road restrictions will allow. Lamborghini honed this into a more street-friendly package, one that is enjoyable to drive on the road while yet performing admirably on the track. The new Technica splits the difference between the track-ready STO and the “regular” Huracan Evo RWD in the Huracan lineup.

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“The automobile is the ideal link between the ordinary EVO and the STO. The STO is a track-only car, while the EVO is a daily driver, according to Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer Rouven Mohr.

It’s driven by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 that produces just over 630 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque exclusively to the rear wheels, much like the STO. Depending on the ANIMA drive mode, power is routed through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with varied shift characteristics.

The LDVI (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata) system, which impacts the Huracan’s dynamic behaviour, is the technological portion of the Tecnica. To achieve the appropriate amount of control, it coordinates systems such as traction control, torque vectoring, and rear-wheel steering.

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“You might say [the Huracan Tecnica] has three souls: performance, driving fun, and lifestyle,” Mohr remarked.

The most stable, day-to-day driving option, “Strada,” maintains everything as comfortable as possible. Sport tunes the Huracan’s throttle and gearbox reflexes, activates additional torque vectoring, and gives the rear wheels more room for oversteer before intervening, allowing drivers a smidgeon of controlled tail-slide.

Corsa puts the Huracan in its most serious and responsive mode, allowing the driver access to all of the Tecnica’s capabilities for maximal track attack. The V10’s output is at its most responsive, and gearshifts are as quick as they are violent. The Huracan’s rear-wheel steering, traction control, and torque vectoring all work overtime to give it the grip it needs for scorching laps.

“The handling is outstanding because you have real control of the car and you can really play with the car. Compare this to the STO which is a sharp track weapon and this car can also be marvelous on the track but at the same time easy and smooth to drive. If you want to go into oversteer, it’s really easy to handle,” said Mohr.

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“The traction control is more or less described by the slip angle and we’ve increased this threshold a bit so that you can have more slip, depending on the drive mode,” he continued. “We have decided really to allow the driver a high level of freedom and then, with a smooth transition, engage traction control, because otherwise it feels edgy and interrupts the movement.”

Speaking of hot, the Tecnica’s brakes come with track-inspired cooling management, with carbon ceramic brakes that feature specifically designed cooling deflector and caliper ducts. These direct the airflow into the discs to dissipate heat, keeping their temps down and stretching out the life of the brake pads. With the Huracan Tecnica’s ability to sprint from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds and its near 202 mph top speed, you’re going to want those brakes to work well and often.

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Sharp Looks, Sharper Performance

The Tecnica’s exterior isn’t just to set it apart from the rest of the lineup. Its revised design is meant to be more aerodynamically efficient while making the most of its lightweight engineering such as a fully carbon fiber hood. Visually, it splits the difference between its road-riding stablemates and its track-tacular STO counterpart. A new fascia incorporates an air curtain, something new to the Huracan. Lower slats from a new front splitter direct air through the wheels for improved cooling and downforce.

Tweaks to the body have resulted in the Tecnica stretching 2.4 inches longer than the Huracan Evo. It’s not much, but given that they’re both still the same height and width, the extra inches are enough to make the Tecnica look squatter and broader. Lots of work also went into redesigning the rear of this particular Huracan that has resulted in several benefits.

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Improved visibility out of the notoriously narrow rear window is a welcome change, even if it’s only an extra few degrees. The aforementioned carbon-fiber hood covers the engine while the new rear bumper sports a more optimized air inlet. Two hexagonal exhaust pipes are the very loud cherries on this particular cake.

It’s all pulled together with a new fixed rear wing that gives the Tecnica 35 percent more rear downforce over the Huracan Evo RWD. The Tecnica’s underbody sports a number of ventral aero deflectors to further improve airflow. The whole package rides on Damiso 20-inch diamond cut wheels which sport a hexagonal design and are shoed with Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires.

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Lamborghinis Are Best Shared

As drivers will hopefully spend more time behind the wheel than simply gawking at all the sharp exterior lines, Lamborghini has made the Huracan Tecnica’s interior an environment that’s both sporty and comfortable. Height adjustable seats with harness seat belts hammer home the “sport” part of things for sure, while the redesigned HMI interface make the cockpit an inviting place for more than one person.

Usually very driver focused, the interface has a center screen for passengers to access, allowing them to queue up entertainment options and co-navigate. It also logs trip data to be shared with friends and incorporates What3Words voice command functionality. The HMI is built in-house, too, and isn’t a carryover from any of Lamborghini’s partner brands.

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Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration allow for a more seamless transition from your everyday life to your Lambo one. 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 there’s a good bet that if you have to ask, you can’t afford the Tecnica. The good news is that this isn’t a limited run model like the STO, so go buy a lottery ticket and hope for the best. We’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel and seeing for ourselves how the Tecnica completes the Huracan lineup.

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