Though there have been rear-wheel-drive Huracans before most – Performante included – stuck with all-wheel-drive and relatively conservative driving manners. Like the race cars that inspire it the STO is, however, rear-wheel-drive only, tuned for a more hardcore feel than other two-wheel drive versions. In previous Huracans you got the sense the standard, fixed-ratio steering was made deliberately vague to encourage buyers to tick the optional variable rack Lamborghini Dynamic Steering, which while much improved in the Performante and Evo versions was never really satisfactory either. Thank heavens, then, that the STO finally gets the fast-racked, fixed ratio steering the Huracan was always crying out for, and something for the keen driver to lean against on corner entry. It’s still no McLaren in feedback terms but, with some sense through your fingertips of how much front-end grip there is, you feel miles more confident exploiting the gloriously linear response of that naturally-aspirated V10 and adjusting your line on the throttle. Like the Evo the STO gets rear-wheel steering, this and various other parameters controlled by new driver modes to replace the Strada, Sport and Corsa settings Huracan owners will be familiar with. Now you get the street optimised STO, track ready Trofeo and wet weather specific Pioggia modes via the wheel-mounted Anima switch.
There’s no variable traction control like that offered in the AMG GT or Ferrari-style Side Slip Control, Trofeo instead offering you a catch-net just far enough beyond the well-telegraphed limits to let you play with the balance within a sensible safety margin. You can turn everything off but through the serpentine 160mph right-left following the Vallelunga pit straight the occasional flicker of the ESC light and a tactful tug on the reins was more appealing than the Armco.
Star of the show remains the gloriously free-revving 5.2-litre V10 engine, which has been a constant throughout the Huracan’s life. Here it cranks out 640PS (471kW) at 8,000rpm, which is just 250rpm before the redline and demands fast hands on the paddle shifters if you’re to enjoy every one of those horses without running into the rev limiter. No mechanical harm done if you do so but it does cost vital tenths if you’re hunting lap times on the STO’s built-in telemetry system, which replays traces for inputs to throttle, steering and brakes straight to your phone via a dedicated app. Just like the Super Trofeo race cars the STO is designed to flatter the ‘gentleman driver’ and flatters your efforts, the aero, wider track and retuned suspension all working with the chunkier steering to deliver an experience rich in feedback. After years of having its true nature slathered in electronic mush it feels like the true Huracan has finally been unleashed. To which we say better late than never.