Huracán Tecnica draws from STO and Evo to prove the second best product can actually go ahead.
The Lamborghini Huracán STO is the best driving car in the brand’s 59-year history. Yes, I have a slight point for the incredibly great Aventador SV, but sto – which has the second most votes in our Performance Car of the Year shootout in the April issue – is the king of the bulls. What’s great about how it drives? There is no compromise. Feature editor Scott Evans has repeatedly called STO “a race car for the road.” He admits the phrase is cliché but swears that it will be applied in this case.
Keep in mind that the O in STO stands for omologata, Italian for “similarity” —possibly racing again. An example: The nose of the car is almost exclusively reserved for air vehicles, to the point where you may be able to just wear a driver-specific helmet. Maybe. It depends on the size of the helmet. What else is Huracán? One skateboard will fit, maybe two. The interior is also great, even in the form of driving mode, where you can choose from the street (Strada) or the track (STO). That’s it; All other modern Lambos have a Sport mode. STO ignores it. Lamborghini drives the best ever, yes, but is a hard car to live with.
Not to paraphrase Yoda, but what if there’s another sentence?
Back to the Audi inside.
Meet Huracán Tecnica. Should you think of it as a more civilized version of STO? Yes, because that’s the nature of it. Like the STO, the Tecnica is powered by Lambo’s 631 hp, 417 lb-ft 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine and uses the same throttle butterfly map. Lamborghini claims the Tecnica can reach speeds of 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, which can be a volume or two slower than what we can extract. Both cars are rear-wheel drive, although thanks to exotic refueling capabilities, such as the glide of the Bridgestone Potenza Sport tires, both grip the road better and inspire more confidence than the Huracán Evo, which won the AWD award for best driver of 2020. (Hilarious side note on tires: Maurizio Reggiani, Vice President in charge of motorsport and former longtime Lamborghini technical director, said, “Speaking as an Italian, do you know how great the tyres must be for me not to use the Pirelli?”
Both STO and Tecnica have rear-wheel drive systems, but before we learn the differences of both, we need to note a somewhat common phenomenon. People — and the people I’m talking about the rich, borrowing a phrase from Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann, buying “super sports cars” — and thinking they’re much tougher people.
It’s an anecdotal observation, but I haven’t counted the number of people I’ve interacted with people who have bought a Porsche 911 GT3 just to transfer it to something like the 911 GTS or Turbo. While STO is exactly as great as we say as an organization, boy, is it a difficult car to survive. It not only lacks storage space but is also harder and cramped than what many owners might assume is going into. So a car like the Huracán Tecnica makes a lot of sense. You get about 90% of what STO has to offer and you can date out of town on weekends. Then again, I drove the Tecnica on the Italian Nardo processing line, then visited Lambo’s headquarters and factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese. Inside, it seems that 80% of the cars off the Huracán production line are STO. Maybe those buyers don’t care.
However, there is a clear market for Tecnica and it drives in a great way. As has been the case since 2016, initially with the giant (and extremely wonderful) Centenario, Reggiani invited a select group of journalists to southern Italy to try his team’s latest work. I was the only American present, driving in mid-November 2021 — the rainy season in Italy. At the time, Reggiani said he was starting to think about retiring. In January 2022, Lambo announced his new position as Vice President of Motorsport, with Rouven Mohr (formerly of Audi) taking over as CTO. In a sense, we can consider Huracán Tecnica to be Reggiani’s last hurdle. (Strictly speaking, it’s not: Cars take time to get from the drawing board to the hands of journalists, so pay attention to the trail.) With that in mind, here’s what he said about the previous Huracáns: “Too many Audis.” He excluded STO from that statement, as much of what made Tecnica Tecnica Tecnica was removed from it.
Judging me by the size of my wings, do you?
Part of the process of removing that inspection is the removal of the change direction. Tecnica, like STO, now has a single direct steering ratio; As a result, the car is much better to drive. The LDVI (Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata) – basically a traction and stability control system, plus torque vectors – is more powerfully programmed for the Tecnica mission. The suspension setup is unique (softer than STO but sportier than Evo), as well as aerodynamics. Rear drag increased by 35% compared to evo and drag from the rear wing decreased by 20%. Much of the technical presentation is dedicated to Tecnica’s dedicated brake cooling channels: Lamborghini claims a 9% reduction in fluid temperature and a 7% reduction in disc temperature, i.e. a 5% reduction in pedal journey and 13% less brake pad consumption. . Furthermore, the improved gas system is said to “increase stability during braking.”
The new body parts include the front splitter, hood, bumper and engine cover. The hood and engine cover are now made from CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) instead of aluminum, and the interior door panels are also made of CFRP. The face of the Tecnica differs from other Huracans, with head of design Mitja Borkert deciding to incorporate large epsilon (Y) shapes from the electric Terzo Millennio concept and the Sián FKP 37 into the exterior of the headlights. The daylight opening has been reworked to resemble that of the bonkers car, the Essenza SCV12 is only for the track.
The wing is of course new (hence the change in downforce and drag), and both the exhaust and the wheel are hexagonal in shape. The interior is more luxurious than STO, although anything will be. The big news for many customers is that Tecnica may have much softer sports seats. With the exception of luggage space, the seat is probably Tecnica’s most popular spot.
The situation went from Bummer to Badass
Remember a little bit about Italy’s rainy season? My first class behind the wheel didn’t go well. As great as Bridgestones are in a dry state, imagine the opposite of that on a wet track. I left Tecnica in Strada and the nannies fully functioning, which I never did in the right direction. Or the streets, even. Neither decision helped much, as Huracán was everywhere; The dry, draft summer tires just can’t be found. I finished after three laps of one of my absolute favorite songs (unfortunately only those who work in the car industry are driven on the handle of the Nardo Center), frustrated and disappointed. We only had a few hours, and going all the way through this so there was no concept of how the latest Lamborghini handled it seemed like a big waste. However, it was out of the sun, and by the second day it was much better. I started to see some actual high speed in front, about 160 mph. The brakes seem fine, but the U-turn is still a bit sketchy. The track was dry but not dry.
The power is great, and the car feels light for a Huracán. Lamborghini claims the Tecnica weighs 3,012 pounds of dry; Now is a good time to point out that the plant claims the STO weighs 2,946 pounds dry, but on our scales with a full gas tank, it reaches 3,390 pounds. Assuming the Tecnica weighs more than 30 kg (66 pounds) sto as Lamborghini says, it will weigh 3,456 pounds. These days are not too shabby, especially with this kind of power. However, because it was raining, I simply couldn’t clearly imagine how Tecnica was driving. I went back to the hole, disappointed as before. The third time is a charm, especially in Italy; By 11 a.m., the sun and wind had finished their work, and the track was dry. It’s time to make hay.
First, sports mode. Although designed specifically for the Tecnica mission, in typical Lamborghini style, the Sport – set in the middle – is the most exciting. The accelerator reaction increases and gear shift from the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox happens faster. The sliding threshold of the tire is higher so the electronic intervention will appear later. Sport also features “Enhanced Oversteer”, which, while exciting for part of the circuit, is still not something I’ve come all the way to experience. Just a few weeks ago, I controlled the STO for the first time, and it blew me away. Now I want to see if Tecnica is really a civilized STO, a chip from the old carbon fiber block or is it something completely different? Switching to Corsa mode helped clear things up. In Corsa, the throttle’s reaction becomes direct and the gearbox moves as quickly as possible. Grip, both vertical and vertical, is maximized.
All of this feels special. It was never possible to write enough nice things about the V-10 engine and the dual-clutch gearbox that originally appeared on the excellent Huracán Performante. Once you’ve passed the turning points, you’ll realize how excellent the Tecnica machine is: sharp, focused, rapidly changing direction and slowing down, with world-class handles put in place to get good metrics. Compared to all the other non-STO Huracáns, the combination of rear-wheel drive and Bridgestones makes the Tecnica more fun, dynamic and satisfying. At some point at the end of my first lap in Corsa, I stopped comparing Tecnica to STO and started simply enjoying the machine I was driving.
This is another dazzling Huracán on the long list of italian supercars the engine puts between great and exotic. Compared to both the Performante and Evo AWD, the Tecnica has better steering and better body control, while braking much less. It’s more fun, too.
The STO is still a better driving car, but if you can’t live with it, the Tecnica is the Huracán you’ve always been expecting.
|2022 Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica Specifications|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Mid-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe|
|ENGINE||5.2L/631-hp/417-lb-ft DOHC 40-valve V-10|
|CURB WEIGHT||3,500 lb (est)|
|LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT||179.1 x 76.6 x 48.0|
|0-60 MPH||3.0 sec (MT est)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||13/18/15 mpg (est)|
|ON SALE IN U.S.||Summer 2022|