Lamborghini Asterion Concept Unveiled At Paris 2014

Lamborghini Asterion Hybrid Concept Front

The mysterious Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 concept teased in a rather peculiar line drawing last week, has been unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.

First plug-in hybrid from Lamborghini

The concept is the company’s first plug-in hybrid developed with the help of Volkswagen and sports a new drivetrain which links the V10 5.2-litre naturally aspirated engine with 449 kW with three electric motors delivering a combined 220 kW, and are mated to a seven-speed DSG. This setup enables the Lamborghini Asterion concept to sprint from 0-100 km/h in just three seconds and reach a top speed of 320 km/h.

Lamborghini claims the vehicle can hit 125 km/h when running solely on electric power, and can travel for up to 50 km with a combined fuel consumption of only 4.2 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of just 98 g/km.

Exterior design

Design wise, the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 concept boasts Elektra blue paintwork infused with flecks of glitter, 20-inch front and 21-inch rear carbon fibre shod in Pirelli tyres alloys, as well as delicate carbon-fibre wishbones and a lit tricolore flag beneath the wing mirrors.

The interior of the Asterion features a minimalistic layout with two seats positioned higher than those in Lamborghini super sports cars – ensuring comfortable every day cruising rather than extreme performance and handling.

The cabin is further furnished in Bianco Celaeno (ivory) and Marrone Attis (brown) leather, including aluminium, carbon fibre and titanium materials which go on to clothe the iconic three spoke steering wheel design drawn from the Miura. The steering wheel also includes three buttons from which the driver selects his engine driving mode: Zero – for zero emissions/full electric; I for 'Ibrido' (hybrid); and T for 'Termico (thermal) power, while a portable tablet allows the car's occupants to manage climate control and other functions including GPS and in-car infotainment.

The Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 name explained

"Asterion" is an inspiration from the mythical Minotaur hybrid figure from Greek mythology which tells a story of the powerful fusion between intellect and instinct, part man and part bull, creating an ever powerful archetype. As far as LP goes, it stands for 'longitudinale posteriore', the position of the conventional engine, I stands for 'ibrido', while the 910 is for the system power and 4 for the permanent 4WD system.

There are currently no plans to put the Lamborghini Asterion concept into production, but should it ever see the light of day, expect it to go head to head with the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918.

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