2023 Lamborghini Huracán STO (car review)

Here’s a little known secret; supercars aren’t that hard to drive. They’re difficult to get in and out of, sure, and you’re every chance of scratching the front bar on a driveway, but not a challenge on the road. That was until the 2023 Lamborghini Huracán STO came along.

This genuine beast is designed and built for the driver, and definitely not for the faint hearted. Nervous drivers should walk away now, because this machine is the closest you will get to a street legal race car in this country.

Never mind the fact there’s a titanium roll bar behind the driver’s seat, that’s just a minor nod to its racing roots. Roll back the clock a little and most will know that supercars of the past were born on the track, and more often than not, brought issues along for the ride.

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Often difficult to drive and hot due to their stripped out nature, they might have offered out of this world performance, but they weren’t fun. In 2023 though, they share a lot of similarities with a luxury vehicle, rather than a race car. The STO changes that.

It offers race car goodness, without the downsides. Even from a distance you can see this is no devil in disguise. It hides nothing, wearing its aggressive style and looks as a badge of pride, with the most notable feature being the huge carbon fibre wing sitting on the rear.

2023 Lamborghini Huracán STO
2023 Lamborghini Huracán STO

Performance wins out over looks here too, with things like the inner guards, protectors and covers removed to save weight and help with easy trackside repairs (should you take it there). As an added bonus you get a fantastic view of the rear exhaust.

Carbon fibre is scattered throughout the exterior, including the tilt-forward single-piece front apron. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is where you get to keep your luggage though as the storage space is just big enough to fit a portable battery charger.

The other upside is you can easily replace the entire piece during racing incidents, and it’s easy to access the suspension setup. Jumping into the pilot’s seat (because this really is a cockpit), there’s no luxury finery, it’s all business.

Carbon fibre door trims are reminiscent of a race car, with nothing but a red strap to help you close the doors. The only thing missing is the factory-optioned 4-point racing harness (which isn’t available in Australia).

What the Huracán STO also gets is an onboard telemetry system, with cameras attached to both the roll cage and the front windscreen. These allow instant access to your lap information during track days. It’s just like having a race engineer trackside.

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Inside the 2023 Lamborghini Huracán STO

The infotainment unit is the same as what can be found in the Huracán EVO Fluo Capsule and most of the other variants, with USB-C connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the steering wheel, you’ll find three driving modes.

STO mode is for everyday road driving, while Trofeo (trophy) is suitable for the track. Pioggia is rain mode. While we didn’t get to test it out on the track, we did manage to find our own piece of twisty coastal tarmac to imitate a Targa course.

The suspension is harder than, well, let’s just call it rock hard, regardless of the driving mode. It’s a back breaking exercise. That said, you don’t buy this car for a leisurely drive in the country, rather, you purchase it to set lap records.

On a smooth track like The Bend or Sydney Motorsport Park, it would be magic, but on Sydney’s rubbish roads, it made for an interesting experience. Brake hard into a corner and a bump in the road will unsettle the front end, making things feel loose.

Coming onto the power through the exit of a corner unleashes all of the 470kW 5.2-litre V10’s fury through the rear wheels. Its 20-inch alloys and Bridgestone Potenza Sport rubber lay down 565Nm of torque at the same time.

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Inside the 2023 Lamborghini Huracán STO

As the rear wheels start to lose traction, and they will, it serves as a constant reminder that you need to ask this car permission, not forgiveness. With its naturally aspirated powerplant, you can guarantee power delivery when you want, however you want, too.

There’s no need to wait for turbo lag on your way to a top speed of 310km/h. When you need to stop, epically good carbon ceramic brakes will pull up the angry bull in an instant, able to drop from 100km/h to a standstill in 30-metres.

It’s a brake package that is easy to use, doesn’t carry excessive brake noise and isn’t overly touchy. With a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, it can sprint to 100km/h in just 3.0-seconds.

All-in-all, the 2023 Lamborghini Huracán STO is a hardcore road car that pays homage to its GT3 counterpart. Stripped of any luxury fineries, it’s aggressive and track-ready. Not for the faint hearted, it’s a weapon capable of impaling a bull fighter.

Priced at $867,640 plus on roads (a package that includes more than $250,000 in optional extras), it comes with a 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty. You can find out more on the Lamborghini website. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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2023 Lamborghini Huracán STO

Our test vehicle was provided by Lamborghini of Sydney (on behalf of Automobili Lamborghini). To find out more about the 2023 Lamborghini Huracán STO, contact your local Lamborghini dealer. Images courtesy of Tamara Jade Media.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
10
Exterior styling
10
Interior look and feel
8
Technology and connectivity
7
Value for money
7

SUMMARY

Pros – street legal race car; aggressive looks; performance; an abundance of power.
Cons – no wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; 4-point harness not available in Australia.
Cody Mckay
Cody Mckay
If it has wheels and an engine, Cody has most likely driven it. A mechanic by trade (he owns Radical Mechanical) and a race driver in Aussie Racing Cars, Cody brings his life time of experiences in the motor trade to the Exhaust Notes Australia team.

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<strong>Pros –</strong> street legal race car; aggressive looks; performance; an abundance of power.<br> <strong>Cons –</strong> no wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; 4-point harness not available in Australia.2023 Lamborghini Huracán STO (car review)