Head 2 Head: Lamborghini Huracan STO vs Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

This week, Lamborghini dropped the Huracan STO – the most track-focused version of the Huracan. Incidentally, Mercedes-Benz also set a new Nurburgring lap record in hottest AMG GT.

The Huracan Performante once held the lap record of the Green Hell. Will Lamborghini be able to reclaim record with the STO? Have they done enough to dislodge the mighty Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series from the top of the time chart?

Let’s see how these track toys stack up against each other.

 

Style

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When it comes to these cars, looks are subjective. The Huracan STO is a typical mid-engined wedge-shaped Lamborghini, while the Black Series is a front-engined coupe. Both cars feature an extreme aero package with the most massive wings ever fitted to either of these models. The STO is said to have the highest level of downforce in its class. The overall downforce has increased by 53% compared to the Huracan Performante.

 

The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series looks more aggressive in my opinion, especially with that low slung grille. Every bit of bodywork on the car is designed to maximize downforce. Mercedes claims that it generates over 400 kg of it at 155 mph. Most of the body panels are made from carbon fiber to save weight. It’s a similar story with the STO.

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series-Nurburgring

Performance

The Huracan STO is powered by a 5.2-liter, naturally aspirated V10 engine that delivers 640 hp and 417 lb-ft @ 5,600 rpm. Unlike the regular Huracan, the STO is rear-wheel drive. Lamborghini claims the car will do 0-62 mph in 3.0 seconds and 0-124 mph in 9 seconds flat.

Lamborghini Huracan STO – Technical Specifications

Engine5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10
Power640 hp @ 8000 rpm
Torque417 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Acceleration (0-62 mph)3.0 seconds
Top Speed193 mph

 

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The AMG GT Black Series uses a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine that pumps out 720 hp @ 6700-6900 rpm and 590 lb-ft @ 2000-6000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Mercedes claims that it will hit 62 mph 3.2 seconds, while 0-124 mph comes up in under 9 seconds. Top speed is 202 mph.

Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series – Technical Specifications

Engine4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8
Power720 hp @ 6700-6900 rpm
Torque590 lb-ft @ 2000-6000 rpm
Transmission7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Acceleration (0-62 mph)3.2 seconds
Top Speed202 mph

 

The Black Series does have a massive power advantage. The twin-turbo V8 puts out 80 hp and 173 lb-ft more than the naturally aspirated V10 in the Lambo. Peak torque is available in a much wider rev range which should aid drivability. However, despite being down on power, the Huracan STO is quicker to 62 mph. It beats the Black Series by 0.2 seconds, while both cars hit 124 mph in exactly the same time.

Price

The Huracan STO costs $327,838, which isn’t cheap. But, more importantly, it undercuts the AMG GT Black Series by around $70,000. That’s a lot of money, which could go into fuel and tire costs in case you plan to track it.

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