THE Kermit green Lamborghini’s V10 is howling as we ease together into Doohan Corner at close to 200km/h.
It’s a moment for trust and commitment on both sides and I’m feeling the love as the Huracan wrapped around me keeps its side of the bargain.
It brings razor-sharp response — the grip you only get in a mid-engined supersports car — and 427kW of performance to punch through the turn and fire out the other side.
I’m only here at Phillip Island for a short time, but it’s quickly turning into a special time. After lapping the track in the past with various Porsches up to the $2 million 918 supercar — and even the Nissan GT-R — I know how well the Huracan is going.
This car is very, very fast and very, very focused. It’s the sort of car which can only give its best on a racetrack, rewarding someone with at least $378,000 and a skill level beyond the average driver.
Even in the land of Lamborghini, the latest Huracan — call it the LP 580-2 — is special.
It has both more and less, which translates to an even better racetrack thrill ride. It’s been stripped back to rearwheel drive, trimmed of 32kg and detuned from 610 to 580 horsepower, hence the moniker. It may have less power, but it is a sharper instrument that provides more challenge and more reward.
“It’s more fun to drive,” the Huracan team leader, Ricciardo Bettini, says.
“Enjoyable technology is the meaning of this car. Maybe you have to be a little more skilled to reach the level of performance,