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Highland raging with Lamborghini’s raging bulls

Test the hybrid Huracan STO with some of its more “reasonable” stable companions on a road trip across Scotland

Rarely and I mean VERY rarely does an email get to your inbox where you can get your logs and delete 48 hours. But when Lamborghini gives you the chance to drive seven of their models on some of the most extreme and exciting roads through beautiful Cairngorms… well, would you say “no”?

The drive couldn’t have come at a better time. In addition to the fact that it came 24 hours before Cyclone Arwen hit Cairngorms and most of Scotland, it also gave access to a series of iconic V10 and V12 super sports cars before the luxury carmaker. of Italy embarked on a program of hybridization and electrification. More on that later.

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I consider myself extremely lucky as I’ve driven the majority of Lamborghinis before. But I didn’t shirk the opportunity to remake myself with the Huracan Evo 4WD.

And if experience confirms one thing, it’s that supercars can act like city cars when they’re required. Leaving our base in central Edinburgh at 8:15am on a drizzly and chilly morning, the Evo – worth reminding us, delivers 631bhp from its V10 and is capable of covering 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds (Oh… and a top speed of 201mph) – comfortably dealing with end-to-end traffic.

Lamborghini Huracan STO Leads Case Through Pitlochry

After coming out of the detour, we started our journey for Perth, the A9 and then Pitlochry. And here the real fun begins. My main goal was to drive the Huracan STO for the first time; the road car that Lamborghini believes will bring the driving experience closer to the Super Trofeo Evo one make racer and the GT3 Evo.

So, before driving back to the A9, past Dalwhinnie and Aviemore, before joining the A95 towards Grantown-on-Spey and back to the famous Old Military Road, I had the keys to the STO.

Yes, let’s take a breather. The STO – Super Trofeo Omologato – is powered by the same 5.2-litre V10 engine, delivering 631bhp and 416lb/ft of torque, as lifted from the Huracan Performante. But – and it’s big but – while the Performante is all-wheel drive, the STO is purely rear-wheel drive.

Indeed, Lamborghini is very emphatic in claiming this is also the first car they’ve developed where tracking takes precedence over road driving.

Rather than baffled afterward, when I enjoy pushing what is essentially a road-legal race car, through some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery, an on-screen warning pops up: “there may be ice on Street”. And the outside temperature eventually dropped to just 1.5 degrees.

A good time then to throw some other characters at you. The STO has the same claimed 0-62mph time as the Evo 4WD. The difference is in the almost fundamental and intense way the STO delivers its performance. Without question, it feels faster. More agile. Be more alert. More lively. And from a standstill, just 9 seconds later, you’ll do 124mph. No, I must stress that I put that to the test.

What else makes STOs special? It is 43kg lighter than the Performante. Equipped with rear wheel steering. There is a thinner windshield, 20% lighter. Add to that magnesium wheels and carbon body panels.

And you may have clocked in from the photos, but it has improved aerodynamics, ultimately aided by a gorgeous rear wing configuration. Something that reminds you every time you look in the rearview mirror. Downforce is 53% improved over Performante.

That achievement is also aided by fins on either side of the spoiler that direct airflow towards it. Plus, the car has plenty of air vents, channels, ducts and sliders, all of which aim to channel the air to help maximize traction.

The STO also benefits from a sport-tuned suspension, which means new anti-roll bars, stiffer suspension bushings and two-stage magnetic dampers. Brake? That’s Brembo’s CCM-R system: it’s the new carbon-ceramic brake discs for the racing market, of course, like me, you already know.

Inside the cabin there is a raspy sound that makes you itch. Road and tire noise? Yes, there’s a lot more of that. At low speeds, the suspension is stiff and, unless the road is slippery like a pool table, the car feels unsteady.

Is the Huracan STO the Huracan STO – which, if you can afford one, will set you back over £260,000 before the regular selections take the price to almost £350,000… but sadly all of them are all sold – the car you want to drive deep in the Highlands? Of course not. But that boy was a nerve-wracking experience. I love it.

After a very short drive through Tomintoul, it returned to the Old Military Road (A939), past Lecht Ski Center before reaching Braemar in the dark. The guy entering the gas station couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw 10 Lamborghinis lined up to be refueled.

The next day, herald a drive down the A93 via Glenshee and a stop at Devil’s Elbow, before heading West again on the B950 and A924 to Pitlochry, splitting time behind the wheel of the daring car , £360,000, 6.5 litre, 760bhp, 0- 62mph in 2.8 seconds, Aventador SVJ; and the best-selling SUV Urus… bright yellow of course.

For the final return to Lamborghini Edinburgh, the Huracan RWD Spyder has been roofed: what better way to end a 300-mile trip than to be able to hear that glorious V10 in its full power .

It’s not certain how long we’ll be able to enjoy the iconic engine noise from the Lamborghini V10 or V12, given the world is slowly moving away from the internal combustion engine.

So I asked Francesco Cresci, Lamborghini Regional Manager EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), about the company’s plans for hybridization and electrification.

Under the ‘Direzione Cor Tauri’ plan, the company will electrify its entire line by 2024 and add its first all-electric model by the end of the decade.

“People living around major cities around the world – and in the UK, obviously including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow – will be directly affected by the changes taking place globally. in terms of driving,” explains Cresci.

While the implementation of the hybrid powertrain is set to further improve the performance of Lamborghini’s super sports car line, the introduction of the company’s first all-electric car could also take the form of a hybrid powertrain. of a GT 2+2.

“We are working on several scenarios for our fourth model concept, our first all-electric car, to see what is the best model for us,” he continued. customary.

“We certainly don’t want to introduce something that will affect the sales of our Urus; but at the same time we wanted to launch a product that could match our product range and expand the customer base. So yes, GT 2+2 is a good choice. ”

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Emma Bowman

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