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The near-new V10 Italian supercar will go under the hammer on behalf of the state next week, as its former owner mulls in a prison cell.
A purple 2019 Lamborghini Huracan Performante seized by Queensland police under recently-overhauled “anti-hooning” legislation is set come up for auction.
“Spotting the distinctive [vehicle] travelling at high speeds and then subsequently evading police interception, officers from the Nambour Road Policing Unit seized the luxury sports car,” an offical statement from law enforcement said.
“Inquiries were undertaken into the driver’s actions over several months which led to police obtaining a forfeiture order under the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 for the car with all funds raised from the sale forfeited to the state.”
The driver of the car – a 28-year-old male from the Sunshine Coast – has reportedly been linked to at least 20 traffic offences, including evading police, dangerous operation of a vehicle, driving under the influence of drugs, and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He was sentenced to four years imprisonment in February when the car was seized, and disqualified from driving for an unspecified period of time.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said: “With the recent amendments to legislation which enable officers to deem the owner of a vehicle responsible for hooning offences, Queensland takes an even tougher stance which means we have the toughest most robust anti-hooning laws in the country.
“This case should send a very strong message to would-be hoons that if you are considering being reckless behind the wheel, you could have your vehicle confiscated and face severe consequences.”
Meanwhile, Road Policing and Regional Support Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Ray Rohweder said: “Police will not tolerate reckless and dangerous behaviour on our roads which put the lives of all other road users at risk.”
“No matter how powerful your vehicle may be, the law will catch up to you and you will be held accountable for your foolish behaviour … If you have a need for speed, take your car to a race track – it is as simple as that.”
Power in the Italian supercar – which is a track-focused, higher-performance variant of the standard Huracan – comes from a 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 engine, sending 471kW/600Nm to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Lamborghini claims that’s enough to launch the car from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 325km/h. According to the official listing the odometer has clocked just 1059km, making it newer than most dealer demonstrator vehicles.
A new Lamborghini Huracan Performante is priced from $483,866 before on-road costs in Australia, however police auctions rarely fetch more than 70 per cent of market value. Bidding will begin on 16 June 2021 via Manheim Auctions.
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Lamborghini Huracan Performante seized under new ‘anti-hoon’ laws, listed for auction by Queensland Police