Lamborghini released the first official details and pictures of the new Asterion LPI 910-4 at the beginning of 2014 Paris Motor Show. As the mouthful name suggests, the car has 910 horsepower generated by a petrol-electric hybrid system.
Lamborghini Asterion Hybrid is a luxury two-seater – so all the early speculations about it being a four-seater car were wrong – which possess an innovative four-wheel-drive system. In fact it is the electric motors, of which the Asterion has three, that make the car four-wheel-drive.
The Asterion has a zero-emission electric mode, activated via a ‘Z’ button on the console in which the car is front-wheel-drive only and has a range of 31 miles. The electric motors on their own are capable of generating close to 300 horsepower. The main source of power which drives the rear wheels is the same 5.2 liter V10 also found in the Huracan with just over 600 horsepower.
In full attack mode, or Termico, with all the motors running, Lamborghini Asterion Hybrid can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3 seconds and reach a top speed of 320 km/h. The top speed in electric mode is 125 km/h.
As for the styling, Lamborghini Asterion Hybrid has to be the most sober car the Italian brand has made in ages. Even so, it has a certain charm and enough sporty lines to let you know the tree from which it has fallen. The interior too is kind of soft and cuddly, what with the two-tone beige and brown upholstery. But the sport steering wheel with a red start button doesn’t allow you to relax too much.
The Asterion is just a study concept for now and has slimmer chance of production than the long-awaited Urus SUV.