Porsche has a hybrid supercar, Ferrari has one and also McLaren. Lamborghini has been all about their naturally-aspirated V10 and V12 engines, but looks like even they see an opportunity in hybrid tech as they have unveiled the Asterion LPI 910-4 concept at the Paris Motor Show.
It is company’s first plug-in hybrid (PHEV), combining a V10 5,2-litre naturally aspirated engine with three electric motors for a total 910 hp (897bhp), taking the Asterion from 0-62mph in 3.0 s and on to a top speed of 199mph.
The naturally-aspirated V10 is the one found also in the Gallardo replacing Huracan producing 603bhp and the rest of nearly 300bhp comes from three electric motors.
The fast shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is located behind the engine at the rear transaxle and the lithium battery is placed longways in the central tunnel area for better balance of the car.
Range in purely electric mode is 31 miles with speeds up to 78mph. CO2 emissions are just 98 g/km which is very impressive for a car packing around 900bhp.
The Asterion features carbon fibre monocoque with a body designed in what Lamborghini calls a new, unexpected and sensual way, respecting Lamborghini heritage.
Earlier it was rumoured the car could be a four-seater, but as you can see it has two seats, which are positioned higher than those in other production Lamborghini super sports cars, ensuring a car for comfortable every day cruising rather than extreme performance and handling.
The name Asterion continues a long tradition and is taken from the world of bulls, while LP stands for ‘longitudinale posteriore’, the position of the conventional engine and I stands for ‘ibrido (hybrid).
There are no details about a possible production model, but Lamborghini does say this is how it prepares for the future – the Asterion, the first hyper cruiser.