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What if the Huracán and the Urus had an offspring?

Then the Lamborghini Sterrato concept would be it

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. This is a Lambo supercar playing in the dirt. PHOTO FROM LAMBORGHINI

Sport-utility vehicles and crossovers are extremely popular around the world these days. With their versatility and go-anywhere image, they offer value for money that easily trumps that of passenger sedans. And the trend isn’t just happening in the mass-market segments—even the luxury space is filled with client requests for SUVs. That’s how we got the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and the Rolls-Royce Cullinan in the first place. Even the Italian purveyor of low-slung supercars, Lamborghini, came out with the Urus.

But in a competitive business climate such as the one the automotive industry currently finds itself in, producing a solitary vehicle model to serve the requirements of a hot category is not enough. This is perhaps the reason Lamborghini is now toying with the idea of creating off-road versions of its road-going cars. Here, then, is the Huracán Sterrato, a concept vehicle that looks like the confused son of the Huracán and the Urus. For those old enough to remember, this should be reminiscent of the Jarama Rally and the Urraco Rally from the 1970s.

Imagine the surprise of the bad guys chasing you when you ditch the paved road. PHOTOS FROM LAMBORGHINI

The Sterrato is based on the 640hp Huracán Evo, whose Lamborghini Dinamica Veicolo Integrata system lends itself perfectly well to the task of managing the concept vehicle’s many functions—including, crucially, its four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, torque vectoring and modified suspension. Yes, the Sterrato has been tuned and configured to be a somewhat capable off-road car.

To help the car in its mission to leave the pavement, its ground clearance has been raised by 47mm. Further, its approach angle has been “sharpened by 1%” and its departure angle has been “enhanced by 6.5%.” The front and rear wheel tracks have also been widened by 30mm. The Sterrato’s 20-inch wheels, meanwhile, are wrapped in balloon tires.

Other components to aid the Sterrato in its dust-kicking adventures include the following: rear skid plate, aluminum reinforcements for the front frame, aluminum-reinforced side skirts, “stone-deflecting protection” for the composite bodywork, carbon-fiber mudguards, LED roof light bar, LED bumper lights (with “flood function”), lightweight-titanium roll cage, carbon bi-shell sports seats, four-point seatbelts, and aluminum floor panels. Whew!

This is really just like giving your easy-to-break iPhone a tough protection case. Sort of. PHOTO FROM LAMBORGHINI

“The Huracán Sterrato illustrates Lamborghini’s commitment to being a future shaper,” Lamborghini chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani says in the press statement. “A super sports car with off-road capabilities, the Sterrato demonstrates the Huracán’s versatility and opens the door to yet another benchmark of driving emotion and performance. Lamborghini’s R&D and design teams are constantly exploring new opportunities and delivering the unexpected as a core characteristic of our DNA, challenging possibilities while inspired by our brand heritage.”

Does this mean Lamborghini could soon release crossover versions of its exotic sports cars? Who knows? Maybe. After all, a lot of us didn’t see the Urus coming. But if you’re among the so-called purists who like to rant every time your favorite automaker departs from tradition, you should stop now. We think we shouldn’t expend our energy worrying about “bastardized” Raging Bulls. What we should be working hard for is how to be able to afford one of these vehicles from Sant’Agata Bolognese.

Until then, let’s just all marvel at these amusing vehicles with thankful appreciation.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.