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Porsche 911 Dakar and Lamborghini Sterrato, Adding a Tinge of Off-Road Fun

We all love supercars and their wonderful shapes along with their performance but they are handicapped by their inherent love for smooth tarmac. Supercars work on certain conditions only and are not exactly tuned to handle tough terrain- or so as we thought. This two beg to differ and tear apart the supercar rulebook to shreds and bring in some fun to the serious business of fast cars.

Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato
Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato

The Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato and the Porsche 911 Dakar are off-road oriented supercars along with the personality of a go-anywhere rally car. These two extreme and rare iterations of the Huracan and the 911 plus broaden the appeal of supercars. The 911 Dakar is a nod to Porsche’s rally heritage and makes the 911 a more desirable car as well. The raised suspension and increased ground clearance make it almost as practical as an SUV and you can even drive it at high speeds with the raised suspension.

Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato
Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato

Specially developed Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tires (sized 245/45 ZR 19 at the front and 295/40 ZR 20 at the rear) are the other major highlight which will make the 911 Dakar cope with tough terrain as easily as it does smooth tarmac. The three-liter Biturbo six-cylinder with 480 PS (353 kW) and a maximum torque of 570 Newton meters remains while it, of course, gets an all-wheel-drive and an 8-speed automatic. The standard equipment also includes rear-axle steering, the engine mounts from the 911 GT3, and PDCC anti-roll stabilization while an in-built Rallye launch control enables the type of performance which you expect from the 911 but is now also on loose grip surfaces.

It also looks unique with a distinct rally vibe.

Porsche 911 Dakar
Porsche 911 Dakar

If the 911 Dakar has your attention, then the Lamborghini Sterrato will dominate your gaze with its radical design. It has the traditional Huracan silhouette but comes with many design elements which make it stand out including LED spotlights, raised suspension, roof rails, and cladding. It looks unlike anything else and looks like an alien spaceship for the desert along with a healthy dose of rally swagger. It is a Lamborghini that goes beyond the race track to conquer the dirt and gravel that those all-terrain spec tires are fitted to do.

Porsche 911 Dakar
Porsche 911 Dakar

All-wheel-drive will also give the Huracan Sterrato the necessary grip that it needs over dirt tracks along with the V10 providing a sonorous company. The Sterrato would be the final swansong for the Huracan before its electrified successor shows up and we think, the sheer concept of an all-weather supercar is a lot more tempting than a traditional performance SUV. 

Somnath Chatterjee
Somnath Chatterjee
For me, the biggest luxury is the freedom to go anywhere at any-time and that is something which the humble automobile gives us. Been in love with cars for as long as I can remember and have been writing about them for nearly a decade now. Specialize in reporting about luxury and performance automobiles while having driven everything from a Ferrari to a Beetle!

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