Lamborghini have pulled the covers off their Asterion LPI910-4 supercar concept, which was met with the surprise and awe of Paris Motor Show guests. In a shocking twist, the elegant and muscular two-seater was revealed to be a petrol-electric hybrid.
Lamborghini’s newest offering features the automaker’s traditional naturally-aspirated, large-capacity V10, mid-mounted to an all-carbon monocoque. However, gone are the days when a howling, 610hp, 5.2 litre V10 alone was headline-making material.
In the Asterion, the classic Lamborghini V10 is supplemented by three electric motors, each adding approximately 100hp to the supercar’s power output, giving it an earth-shattering total of 910hp.
The power unit is mated to the Lamborghini Doppia Frizione 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, first seen on the brand’s Huracán model, resulting in a powertain that allows the Asterion to sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 3.0 seconds and attain a top speed of 320km/h.
When driven using electric power alone, the Asterion LPI910-4 can reach a top speed of 125km/h and provides a respectable urban driving range of 50km.
Although having previously denounced hybrid technology, engine downsizing and turbocharging, the fabled Italian automaker had earlier hinted that its newest project could be a hybrid. Shying away from the soulless alphanumerical model names embraced by other manufacturers, Lamborghini christen their cars with symbolic, evocative names that often hint at their nature.
The Asterion is no different. In Greek mythology, Asterion (or Asterius) is the Cretan name for the Minotaur – the notorious part-man, part-bull monster. Or, in other words, a hybrid.
Disappointingly, Lamborghini are currently downplaying the possibility of ever sending the concept into production.
Image credit: Thibault Le Mer – Mondial de l’Automobile 2014 (Flickr), CC BY-ND 2.0