but you enjoy it more. This car is more easy to reach the limit.”
He’s comparing two of his babies, the new 580-2 running at The Island with the LP 610-4 that brought the new name and shape to Australia for $428,000.
The rear-drive Huracan is part of the inevitable rollout of additional models, following the convertible and ahead of the Superleggera that will really push the limits.
Bettini says the 580-2 might be one fifth slower to 100km/h than the brawnier AWD model, and down 5km/h in top speed, but those are just numbers to most potential owners.
“This is more power than most people can use, unless every day you can go to the racetrack. The car is more easy to reach the limit.”
Lamborghini is at The Island for one of its Experienza courses, which introduce owners and special invitees to the talents of its cars.
This time there are dealers from Japan, owners from China and a group of Australian journalists.
There are four 580-2 coupes available for hot laps behind race drivers in 610-4 pace cars, although no chance to venture into the real world to check quietness or comfort or the other street stuff. But I already know, from the big-brother Huracan, that it’s a special car that turns heads everywhere in the real world.
Today is about speed and response, as chief instructor Peter Muller — more like a drill sergeant than a retired racer — takes up the job.
“The car is a little bit softer, a little bit safer for people, and a little bit more amusing.”
Then it’s time to pick a car and hit the track. I’m going for the Kermit green because it’s a Lamborghini signature colour that goes all the way back to the Miura — the original supercar — in the 1970s.
The cabin is beautifully trimmed in black-and-green leather, the digital dash is bold and bright, the seat wraps around me, and it feels more like a racer than a road car. Then it’s time to go and I select Corsa — track — from the three driving modes, pull the flappy paddle into first and get down to business.
The V10 howls to its 8500 redline. It’s more eager than I remember the all-wheel drive car, slightly more flighty, but still with incredible punch.
Most cars feel slow on a racetrack, but not this Huracan. The numbers on the digital speedometer fly around and I’m having to concentrate hard and plan ahead to get close to its best.
I’m always conscious of the eager turn-in, and the grip and power to balance the performance through the corners, then the punch that would easily push the car past 250km/h if Muller removed the chicane installed for safety at the top of the straight.
The rear-drive Huracan is a special car, extremely fast and very focused, but still fun. It’s one that would make you think seriously before signing for a Ferrari 488.
I might be playing Miss Piggy for this Kermit, but we’re dancing a special step together at Phillip Island and it’s one I’ll remember for a long time.