New Lamborghini Unveiled

New Lamborghini is center of attention at high-octane black-tie dinner

New Lamborghini is center of attention at high-octane black-tie dinner

6 Gallardo race car at the Lamborghini party September 2014
The Gallardo race car one of several Lamborghinis on display at Rienzi. Photo by Leah Wilson
1 Todd Blue, left, and Kelly Wolf at the Lamborghini party September 2014
Lamborghini Houston owner Todd Blue, left, and Kelly Wolf. Photo by Leah Wilson
8 IndiGo girls with Huracán at the Lamborghini party September 2014
IndiGo Girls with the new Huracán sports car. Photo by Leah Wilson
7 Gabrielle Green and Elias Alyassir at the Lamborghini party September 2014.
Elias Alyassir and Gabrielle Green. Photo by Leah Wilson
13 Justin Hopkins, left, and Chris Mastrangelo at the Lamborghini party September 2014
Justin Hopkins, left, with IndiGo Girl and Chris Mastrangelo. Photo by Leah Wilson
1 Angie and Paul DeWeese, from left, with Randy McCall at the Lamborghini party September 2014
Angie and Paul DeWeese, from left, with Randy McCall. Photo by Leah Wilson
5 Kelly and Albert Chlouber at the Lamborghini party September 2014
Kelly and Albert Chlouber. Photo by Leah Wilson
4 Lamborghini model at the Lamborghini party September 2014
The Lamborghini SUV originally built for Saudi Arabian princes. Photo by Leah Wilson
12 Yvonne Washington and band mate at the Lamborghini party September 2014
Yvonne Washington and a band mate. Photo by Leah Wilson
3 Maisa Khalaf, left, and Leesa Foster at the Lamborghini party September 2014
Maisa Khalaf, left, and Leesa Foster. Photo by Leah Wilson
2 Phil and Lisa Natland at the Lamborghini party September 2014
Phil and Lisa Natland. Photo by Leah Wilson
14 Brooke Cauthen and Fred Tyler at the Lamborghini party September 2014
Brooke Cauthen and Fred Tyler. Photo by Leah Wilson
7 Kelly Wolf at the Lamborghini party September 2014
Kelly Wolf. Photo by Leah Wilson
4 The venue at Riezni at the Lamborghini party September 2014
The courtyard at Riezni was transformed into an auto showroom and inner venue. Photo by Leah Wilson
6 Gallardo race car at the Lamborghini party September 2014
1 Todd Blue, left, and Kelly Wolf at the Lamborghini party September 2014
8 IndiGo girls with Huracán at the Lamborghini party September 2014
7 Gabrielle Green and Elias Alyassir at the Lamborghini party September 2014.
13 Justin Hopkins, left, and Chris Mastrangelo at the Lamborghini party September 2014
1 Angie and Paul DeWeese, from left, with Randy McCall at the Lamborghini party September 2014
5 Kelly and Albert Chlouber at the Lamborghini party September 2014
4 Lamborghini model at the Lamborghini party September 2014
12 Yvonne Washington and band mate at the Lamborghini party September 2014
3 Maisa Khalaf, left, and Leesa Foster at the Lamborghini party September 2014
2 Phil and Lisa Natland at the Lamborghini party September 2014
14 Brooke Cauthen and Fred Tyler at the Lamborghini party September 2014
7 Kelly Wolf at the Lamborghini party September 2014
4 The venue at Riezni at the Lamborghini party September 2014

We dare say that Rienzi, the stately museum home in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston stable of riches, has never before witnessed a more high-powered gathering than the other night when Lamborghini roared in with four of its hottest numbers.

The occasion was a black-tie evening celebrating the U.S. dealership premiere of the new Huracán, a 10-cylinder, four-wheel drive, 600 horsepower, 5.2 liter sports car. This baby starts at $240,000. Fully-loaded, it's yours for around $275,000.

"Tonight, Rienzi is celebrating Italian in every sense of the word," said Lamborghini Houston owner Todd Blue. "It's celebrating the luxury lifestyle that Lamborghini represents and celebrating everything that's great about Houston. We put all that together and said, 'What a great place to have a party on a beautiful evening like tonight.'"

Blue pulled out the stops for Lamborghini aficionados, transforming the Rienzi courtyard into an open-air showroom and dinner setting with Swift + Co. providing all the touches from floral arrangements to lavish furnishings to the impressive buffet. Indoors, the ballroom had been cleared of its antiques so that songbird Yvonne Washington and Positive State of Mind could entertain. Yes, there was dancing on the parquet floors (the antique rug removed for cleaning).

In addition to the Huracán, which was ceremoniously unveiled later in the evening, guests could inspect the $500,000 Aventador (12-cylinders, 700-plus horsepower), a vintage SUV cum desert mobile that was designed for Saudi Arabian princes and the Super Trefeo race car.

Lamborghini today is owned by the Volkswagen Group and run by Audi, Blue explained, adding, "With Lamborghini, you have the Italian design and everything great about Italy — foremost in design and excitement and sexiness and luxury. And you have German engineering behind it all. So it's the best of both worlds in sophisticated cars."

Lucky ones on this invitation list included Kelly Wolf, Elias Alyassir and Gabrielle Green, Lisa and Phil Natland, Kelly and Albert Chlouber, Angie and Paul DeWeese, Haden and Dr. Michael Yafi and Justin Hopkins.

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