The Huracan STO is so amazing to drive, we can only things to complain about
Scott Evans Writer Renz Dimaandal Photographer Feb 11, 2022
Near limitless grip
Confusing drive modes
No performance auto-shifting mode
Needs a bigger shift light
It’s not often a car comes along where the only thing you can find to complain about are the names, functions, and number of drive modes, but here we are. The 2021 Lamborghini Huracán STO is so insanely good to drive, we’re left with the nittiest nits to pick.
that it’s shoving a V-10’s worth of power to only the rear wheels, and you assume it’ll be hairier than a barbershop floor. Not at all. There is so much grip front and rear, and the chassis is so balanced, that it drives nothing like it looks. There is no evil here. Sure, the Lambo hustles in ways most cars don’t or can’t, but it simply has no vices while furiously raging.”
You could call it a complaint for lack of others, but the amount of time some judges felt they needed to fully understand the car’s limits was a bit longer than usual, simply because the limits are so high you need a telescope to see them. Once you truly understand what it’s capable of, though, you never want to stop driving it. On the street, on the track, it doesn’t matter.
Credit the brilliant blending of adaptive magnetorheological shock absorbers, rear steering, racing brakes, and Bridgestone Potenza Race tires for the STO’s direct connection to your brain’s pleasure center. The front end changes direction quicker than you can think it while the rear stays behind you no matter the speed unless you very deliberately kick it out. When you do, the car breaks away beautifully, allowing you to ride that slip into the perfect amount of rotation.
Mostly, though, it just goes. The damn near race-spec V-10 delivers a perfect progressive powerband that never wallops the rear tires with more torque than they can handle (which is, admittedly, a lot), so you can stand on the throttle leaving every corner, and the STO will grab and go. Get to the next turn, and the brakes require only gentle but deliberate pressure to stop the car like you just grabbed the No. 3 wire on an aircraft carrier’s deck.
Not just a one-lap pony, the Huracán STO will do it over and over, every corner, every lap, all day long. It’s so rewarding and fulfilling to drive, you never want to stop. You can’t automatically say these things about every mid-engine supercar with 600-plus hp.
About those nits. Some judges found the drive modes confusing, assuming the STO mode would be the most aggressive since it shares the car’s name. (“STO” stands for Super Trofeo Omologato, meaning this is the road version of the Huracán Super Trofeo track-only race car.) But STO is actually the “around town” mode, and many felt it was way too docile. Corsa is the mode you want to be in, but keep in mind it’s the full race mode with manual-only shifting and reduced stability control. Several judges found themselves wishing for an intermediate mode with lighter steering than Corsa and far more aggressive automatic shifting. But alas, the only other mode is Pioggia, the wet weather mode.
Since we’re whining, an actual shift light instead of the graphics in the digital instrument cluster would be nice. The engine just revs forever, right until it suddenly doesn’t, so you need the upshift indication in Corsa.
But again, all you really need to know about how ridiculously awesome this car is to drive is that we can’t find anything better to complain about. The Huracán STO is an apex predator at its apex, fully bestowing the thrill of the hunt to anyone who slips behind the wheel.