RuN­NiNg of tHe BuLL

Be­hind the wheel of the new Lam­borgh­ini Huracán Spy­der, Amelia Hungerford drops the top and es­capes the city for ro­mance in New South Wales wine coun­try.

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it doesn’t mat­ter if you’re a ‘car per­son’ or not; the mere sight of the Lam­borgh­ini Huracán LP 610-4 Spy­der in­spires some sort of re­ac­tion in ev­ery­one. each time we’re wait­ing at traf­fic lights - bliss­fully quiet thanks to the stop-start func­tion to re­duce emis­sions - peo­ple’s heads turn to ad­mire this ex­tra­or­di­nary cre­ation, some snap­ping pho­tos. Per­haps it’s the colour - Man­tis Verde is a bright, shim­mer­ing green that would look lurid and alien on any other car - or the sound of the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V10 en­gine, or the oth­er­worldly form, all an­gles and geo­met­ric grilles. What­ever it is, ev­ery passerby knows this car is light years from their daily drive.

this is what Lam­borgh­ini ex­cels at. the soft-top Spy­der ver­sion was un­veiled just over a year ago at the frank­furt in­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show, hailed as a wor­thy suc­ces­sor to the best-sell­ing gal­lardo Spy­der, and al­ready it’s on track to hon­our this her­itage.

Strada to Sport it’s a sunny late-win­ter’s day in Syd­ney. in 17 sec­onds, the roof is folded away and the car, fondly known as Bull­run, has trans­formed from a se­ri­ous coupé to an emo­tive drive de­signed for fun.

its 5.2-litre V10, pro­duc­ing 449 kilo­watts (or 610 horse­power, hence the model name), can’t be con­tained by the nar­row lanes of the city, so we’re head­ing north to the Hunter Val­ley, Aus­tralia’s old­est wine coun­try, twoand-a-half hours from Syd­ney.

it’s al­most cruel how eas­ily it reaches the speed limit; the Huracán is ca­pa­ble of a top speed of 324 kilo­me­tres per hour and i can feel the en­gine rar­ing for more. in the city and on the free­way in au­to­matic Strada pro­gram­ming mode, Bull­run is al­most gen­teel (aside from the sym­phonic start-up that causes passersby to stare). But as soon as we turn off the high­way and switch into man­ual and Sport, an­other side emerges.

this is the Lam­borgh­ini i had imag­ined, a snarling su­per­car that re­sponds to ev­ery touch in­stan­ta­neously. the han­dling is firmer, ev­ery turn tighter and more ex­hil­a­rat­ing, and the sup­port­ing sound­track is lower, giv­ing a glimpse into what i could do with all 8250 revs at the en­gine’s dis­posal.

Made for ro­mance in com­plete con­trast, our des­ti­na­tion is all about seren­ity and peace. the Huracán is back in its re­fined city mode as we pull into the drive­way of Spicers Vine­yards es­tate, wind­ing past the neat rows of vines to the 12-suite re­treat on the ridge.

it is the quin­tes­sence of a ro­man­tic es­cape with dewy lawns fre­quented by kan­ga­roos, lounges un­der gar­den pavil­ions and views of the Bro­ken­back Range, vi­o­let in the af­ter­noon sun. our Lux­ury Spa Suite ex­udes warmth and

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