Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica debuts in New York with STO Power

It seems that Lamborghini just can not leave Huracan. It’s hard to blame the company, as the gracefully aging V10 supercar still stays ahead of the competition and has proven to be a slightly modular platform, given its many iterations. Today, a new one is happening with the Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica, the ultimate manifestation of the V10 Lambo’s promise to deliver excitement both on the road and on the track.

Technically superior

Huracan Tecnica takes many of its tracks from the Huracan STO, the track-oriented iteration of the V10-powered supercar. Basically, the STO is as close to a race-ready Super Trofeo race car as the road laws allow. Lamborghini refined this into a more street-friendly package, a package that is fun to drive on the road while performing just as easily on the track. In the Huracan series, the new Technica shares the difference between the track-ready STO and the “normal” Huracan Evo RWD.

“The car is truly the perfect bridge between standard EVO and STO. The STO is exclusively for the track and the EVO is the daily utility vehicle, “said Lamborghini Chief Technical Officer Rouven Mohr.

Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica

It is 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 for the rear wheels. The power is transmitted through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with variable shift characteristics depending on the selected ANIMA driving mode.

The technical part of Tecnica is the LDVI or “Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata” system, which influences Huracan’s dynamic behavior. It coordinates systems such as traction control, torque vectoring and rear wheel steering to deliver the desired level of control.

“You can say [the Huracan Tecnica] has three different souls: performance, fun to drive and lifestyle, ”added Mohr.

Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica

“Strada” is the most stable, daily driving mode, which keeps everything as comfortable as possible. Sport makes the Huracan more playful by increasing the throttle and gearbox response, activating more of the torque and giving the rear wheels more room for oversteer before engaging, giving the driver a blob of controlled tail gliding.

Corsa kicks Huracan in its most serious and responsive state, giving the driver everything Tecnica has to offer for maximum track attack. The throttle for the V10’s output is at its most sensitive, and the gearshifts are as aggressive as they are fast. Rear-wheel steering, traction control and torque vector work overtime to give the Huracan all the grip it needs for hot laps.

“The driving ability is unique because you have real control over the car and you can really play with the car. Compare this with the STO, which is a sharp track weapon, and this car can also be great on the track, but at the same time easy and flexible to “If you want to override, it’s really easy to handle,” said Mohr.

Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica

“Traction control is more or less described by the slip angle, and we’ve increased this threshold a bit so you can get more slip, depending on the driving condition,” he continued. “We have decided to really give the driver a high level of freedom and then, with a smooth transition, activate traction control, because otherwise it feels angular and interrupts movement.”

Speaking of heat, Tecnica’s brakes come with track-inspired cooling control, with carbon-ceramic brakes that have specially designed cooling deflector and caliber channels. These direct the air flow into the discs to dissipate heat, keep their temperatures down and extend the life of the brake pads. With Huracan Tecnica’s ability to sprint from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds and its almost 202 mph top speed, you will want these brakes to work well and often.

Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica

Sharp appearance, sharper performance

Tecnica’s exterior is not just to set it apart from the rest of the range. Its revised design is intended to be more aerodynamically efficient, while making the most of its lightweight technology, such as a full carbon fiber hood. Visually, it shares the difference between its stable mates driving on the road and its sport-acoustic STO counterpart. A new fascia incorporates an air blanket, something new for 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 extending 2.4 inches longer than the Huracan Evo. It’s not much, but considering they both still have the same height and width, those extra inches are enough to make Tecnica look squatter and wider. There was also a lot of work involved in redesigning the back of this particular Huracan, which has resulted in several benefits.

Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica

Improved visibility out of 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 has a more optimized air intake. 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 downforce at the rear compared to the Huracan Evo RWD. Tecnica’s undercarriage has a number of ventral aero deflectors to further improve airflow. The entire package runs on Damiso 20-inch diamond-cut wheels, which have a hexagonal design and are shoeed with Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires.

Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica

Lamborghini is best to share

As drivers will hopefully spend more time behind the wheel than just staring at all the sharp exterior lines, the Lamborghini has made the interior of the Huracan Tecnica an environment that is both sporty and comfortable. Height-adjustable seat belts with seat belts definitely hammer the “sports” part of things, while the redesigned HMI interface makes the cockpit an inviting place for more than one person.

Usually very driver-focused, the interface has a center screen that passengers can access, allowing them to queue entertainment options and co-navigate. It also logs tour data to be shared with friends and incorporates What3Words voice command functionality. HMI is also built internally and is not a transfer from any of Lamborghini’s partner brands.

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration allow for a smoother transition from your everyday life to your Lambo. There is also a staggering level of customization to choose from, which is understandable for a car of this caliber.

Prices and availability have not yet been announced, but there is a good suggestion that if you have to ask, you can not afford Tecnica. The good news is that this is not a limited model like STO, so buy a lottery ticket and hope for the best. We look forward to getting behind the wheel and seeing for ourselves how Tecnica completes the Huracan series.

Photo credit: Alex Kalogiannis

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