The urgent missive arrived in Houstonia inboxes late last week: despite clear skies and no advance warnings, Houston was in the direct path of a hurricane. Not a rotating low pressure system exactly, but an unmistakably powerful storm nonetheless.
This particular Huracán would descend from the heavens on four wheels, with LED-lighting, something called "electromechanical steering," and 602 muscular steeds galloping beneath its futuristic exterior.
And unlike most hurricanes, which regularly come with multi-billion dollar price tags, this storm was a bargain by comparison at $320,000. Better yet, it would be on display at Lamborghini Houston later that night during a mysterious black tie affair during which guests would be treated to cocktails, dinner, and the soulful crooning of Houston's own three-man vocal group, Positive State of Mind.
Because why? Because why not, right?
Sadly, we never made it to the event, missing out on PSOM in the process, but that didn't stop us from getting a private tour of Lamborghini's latest supercar (successor of the highly successful Gallardo) with Todd Blue, proud owner of Lamborghini Houston.
Packing a little less horsepower than its top-of-the-line big brother the Aventador, Lamborghini’s latest and greatest —which is designed to be drivable enough to limit near-death experiences— is “the car for everyone," Blue told us.
Well maybe not everyone, but certainly a small portion of a sliver of a piece of a niche segment of "everyone." The rest of us will just have to ogle the factoids below.
What is it? Lamborghini's latest "entry-level" supercar named somewhat melodramatically after a courageous bull that put up a valiant fight in the Spanish city of Alicante in 1879.
How much? $230,250 base price; $320,000 with all the bells and whistles.
How fast? 0 to 60 in under three seconds with a top speed just over 200 mph.
What makes it go? A V-10 paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox; all-wheel drive, but no manual transmission.
Is it thirsty? By normal automotive standards, sure, considering the car gets 14 miles a gallon in town and around 20 on the highway. But by Lambo standards it's an improvement. Its predecessor, the Gallardo, got 11 miles a gallon in town and 17 on the highway.
Alternative modes of transportation: Ferrari F458, $237,259; Porsche 911 GT2, $192,560; McLaren 650S, estimated $265,000; Houston city bus, $1.25 per ride.