The Lamborghini Asterion is the first hybrid concept to have to come from the company and showcases the future of Lamborghini. It’s the Italian automaker’s far from production response to its rivals like Ferrari and McLaren.
You know when the folks from Sant’Agata, Italy have come out, it is something very special. With not many concepts to its name, Lamborghini has come up on very occasions to showcase something to the world and this time too you should be paying attention on what the big bull has to offer. Revealed on the Volkswagen Group night, ahead of of its debut at the Paris Motor Show, this is the ‘Asterion LPI 910-4’ Concept or the first hybrid car to come from Lamborghini.
The Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 is the latest concept that comes from the Italian stable and also showcases the future design and technological direction of the company. Known for their outlandish and ostentatious supercars, the Asterion borrows its name from a mythical minotaur, a hybrid man-bull from Greek mythology. Coming to the letters followed by the name, the LP continues to be the Longitudinal Posterior, while the I stands for ‘Ibrido’ or Italian for Hybrid. The 910 stands for the amount of horspower created by its gasoline-electric engine and 4 denotes that its an all-wheel drive model.
Coming to the details on the powertrain, the Lamborghini Asterion is a plug-in hybrid that draws power from a 5.2-litre V10 engine (from the Huracan) that is good for 610 HP combined to a trio of electric motors which makes for another healthy 300 HP of power, belting out a combined output of 910 HP, sending power to all-four wheels via the 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. All that power results in 0-100 km/hr coming up in just 3 seconds, while the top speed is rated at 320 km/hr. The Asterion can be driven in three driving modes namely pure electric, hybrid power or pure engine power and can be a driven at a top speed of 125 km/hr on pure electric mode alone.
Coming to the design, the Asterion is an out and out Lamborghini from every angle. There is a soft overtone of razor sharp lines coupled with mammoth sized air intakes which showcase the new age Lamborghini styling seen on the Huracan and also reminisces the legendary Miura in its lines. On the inside, the two-seater Asterion carries the new fighter jet design done up in light tan and brown shades, with carbon-fibre inserts all over. The doors in particular tend to stick between the scissors from the Aventador and the Huracan’s portals, opening up in a swan like fashion.
So will the Asterion ever make it to production? While the hypercar surely is a giant leap ahead for Lamborghini, very little can be said about the production date as of now. However, if you ask us if it should be brought into production? Absolutely!. With its rivals the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrai commanding a cult status and an infinity-like price tag or considering Lamborghini’s own tryst with rare and special cars, the world needs to see the hybrid Italian a bit more often. Nonetheless, we will be seeing a lot of that new technology coming into the Diablo makers future models eventually.