While developing the SUV, the firm’s engineers thrashed a development car around a sterrato (Italian for dirt road) at the Nardò test track, had a great time, then decamped for a team dinner and wondered how much fun a Huracán could be in the same circumstances.
A tired durability prototype was resuscitated and given raised suspension, and everyone who drove it, initially sceptic or otherwise, was a convert. So here we are.
Of the Huracáns still to be built before the car goes out of production at the end of next year, a third – 1499 – will be Sterratos.
The basis is a regular 4WD Huracán coupé, raised by 44mm and given 25% softer springs and an additional 35% (front) and 25% (rear) suspension travel. The track is 30mm (front) and 34mm (rear) wider and the wheelbase is 9mm longer.
Then there's what chief technical officer Rouven Mohr describes as good honest chassis tuning, including tweaking the 4WD system’s distribution, the torque-vectoring via braking and the rear limited-slip differential’s operation, and only after that allowing calibration of the stability control.