Before Lamborghini switches to the electric camp, the Huracan series is crowned with the Tecnica. Not quite as sharp as the STO racetrack bolide, the Tecnica can also impress on the street. If you want to celebrate undisturbed teat pleasure again: please get in and just enjoy.
Lamborghini remains true to itself – more than ever with its Huracan. It is what it has always been: a spectacular sports car that is more shamelessly beguiling than ever, especially with its roaring V10 engine in the rear. The Huracan Tecnica is probably doing this puristically for the last time. Even if the car manufacturer from Santa Agata launches the equally feared, popular special series before there is a successor, the Tecnica is the last real evolutionary stage of the Huracan, which has long surpassed the once so powerful Aventador in terms of dynamics.
The new Tecnica offers the well-known package and a little less. The bolide, which costs at least 229,709 euros, has slimmed down by an imperceptible 40 kilograms, because here and there carbon has replaced slightly heavier parts. In contrast to the normal Huracan, it is driven solely via the rear axle. It doesn’t want to be as sharp and hot as the STO, which was born solely for the race track. With its 470 kW / 640 hp and the roaring 5.2-liter V10 naturally aspirated engine, the engine remains as brute as you love it. In view of turbo engines and electric drives, the 565 Nm maximum torque is not as spectacular on paper as it used to be; still feel brutal behind the grippy Alcantara wheel. “Tecnica combines our best design and engineering know-how to create a Huracan that is just as furious on the racetrack as it is on the public tarmac,” assures Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann, “it completes the Huracan range and fits between the Evo RWD and the STO.”
That means the track-proven STO is all there is to the Tecnica as the series draws to a close. In fact, by the end of the year there will be one last Huracan: the Sterrato, a vehicle with significantly increased ground clearance that will allow its future owners more freedom off the asphalt on very moderate off-road routes. As little as the engine has changed, there has been a lot of fine-tuning in the design, chassis and aerodynamics. Because first of all, the front presents itself in a modified design with a new apron, rear view and modified air inlets and outlets. This increases the downforce at the rear by 35 percent and drag by a fifth. Due to the new body parts at the front and rear, the Tecnica is six centimeters longer than the Huracan Evo with the same height.
The performance data of the Lamborghini Huracan STO and Tecnica hardly differ noticeably in real operation. It goes from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds faster than the STO. At the top speed alone, there is a noteworthy increase of 325 km/h, because the STO is not least designed for cornering speeds. Therefore, the Huracan STO uses a shorter-ratio seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. “At the Nardo circuit, the STO takes just 1.3 seconds less to complete a lap on the same race tires and that shows how fast the Tecnica is, a car that’s two-thirds driven on public roads,” smiles Victor Underberg, leader of the vehicle development team that brought the Tecnica to life.
Although the Lamborghini Tecnica was primarily created for the road, it carries real GT3 genes. The grandiose performance is not only ensured by the improved aerodynamics, but also by Bridgestone Potenza Sport 245/30 R20 front and 305/30 R20 rear wheels as well as the rear wheel steering, which is able to turn the wheels by up to 2.5 degrees. This reduces the wheelbase by an imaginary 22 centimeters at a speed of 60. This makes the northern Italian bull both more agile and more stable. The driver can choose between different driving modes and should just leave it in Strada mode during normal driving. Here the back is spared and visits to the orthopedic surgeon due to accidental skeletal injuries are left out. In the sportier driving modes, the noise level rises noticeably and the tuning of the engine and transmission adapts to the driver’s increased sporting desires.
At this point rocks and any visible bumps in the road begin to affect the body. So better switch to the racetrack and grab the bull by the horns harder. The first few laps are done in Sport mode, where you can feel that the car tends to overthrow in tight corners if you hit the accelerator too early. That’s not the way to succeed in the race against the clock; but puts you in a good mood. The last laps are danced in Corsa mode and this is where the Tecnica gets really spectacular, even if the rear isn’t as playful as in the Sport. On the twistier part of the circuit, it’s impressive how quickly the Huracan devours the faster corners, the slower bends and everything in between, with an almost unabashed blend of agility and efficiency, which translates into an intuitive and accessible driving experience. Time to end this roller coaster of emotions, but not without one last nostalgic look at the Tecnica standing in the pit lane after these unforgettable moments. Something like this won’t be around much longer.