Whirl­wind ro­mance

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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.

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